Get a taste of India at The Cotton Exchange launch party

The Cotton Exchange launch party
Harris Museum & Art Gallery
Wednesday 12 September 5pm-8pm

Meet the artists who will be in residence at the Harris during September, enjoy chai tea and Thali food, music, creativity, colours and fabrics!
Free – just drop in!
Cotton Exchange logo

Come along to a jolly launch party to welcome two Indian Artists from Ahmedabad, into England! They are both going to be on an artists residency for three weeks at the Harris then three weeks at Platt Hall, Manchester. Please feel free to circulate this to anyone that you might think would be interested, the more the merrier! It is aimed at all ages and includes – participants, visitors, colleagues, friends, family, neighbours etc!

The two artists, Lokesh Ghai and Shamji Vishram – textile artist and weaver respectively – will be offering an activity and events programme during the weeks of the 10th September and the 28th September – mainly delivering workshops Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. I have been targeting the community to offer them the opportunity of working with the artists in a creative workshop (on or off site) and to date, have a couple of dates that I am keeping as “neutral” drop in workshops for anyone that I haven’t targeted yet to attend – including staff/individuals not belonging to a group. These two dates are: Thursday 20th Sept 1.30 – 4.45pm and Saturday 22nd Sept 10.00am – 12.30noon. A workshop could be based on trying Indian garments and textiles on; a discussion and short film workshop or a making workshop (weaving and block printing). Contact Kyra Milnes at the Harris for more

Kyra Milnes
Access & Inclusion Officer
Preston City Council

The Artists:
portarit of LOKesh Gai, Indian artist
SLOkesh Ghaihamji Vishram – weaver, and LOkesh Ghai – textile artist (pictured), both work in Gujarat, India, and will be at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery for a limited period of three weeks, from 10-28 Sept. to bring The Cotton Exchange project alive.

The artists will present their own work, plus new work by other Indian artists and artisans working in the cotton textiles and fashion industry.

A “pop up” studio will be in the Harris Café, featuring creative discussions, practical workshops and social events. (look out for details on the Harris website nearer the time)

The Cotton Exchange project:
The Cotton Exchange is part of a series of international exchange visits between England and India – specifically Lancashire, Manchester and Ahmedabad in Gujurat.

A team of young people and staff from five North West museums and art galleries, including the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, have been working together since their recent visit to Gujarat this year.

For more details about the project, please visit

The Cotton Exchange is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme
Stories of the World which is led by Arts Council England in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

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