ACTIVITIES - Performing and visual arts

Grant funding - Australian studies - Commerce - Education - Indian studies - Institutional and professional links - International relations - Performing and visual arts - Print and electronic media and film - Public awareness - Science and technology - Sport

The objective of the Council’s performing and visual arts program is to develop in India and Australia an appreciation of the quality, diversity and sophistication of each country’s performing and visual arts. The program includes projects in arts management, an area of particular Council focus during 1997-98.

During the Australia India – New Horizons promotion in India in late 1996, Council members visited the Sanskriti Kendra international cultural village on the outskirts of New Delhi. The Council subsequently indicated its willingness to consider funding assistance for suitable Australian participation in the first stage of the proposed Sanskriti Institute of Management for Cultural Organisations training project for arts administrators in India.

The Council supported visits to Australia during 1997-98 by Mr OP Jain, President of the Sanskriti Foundation, and Mr Vivek Malhotra, consultant for the arts administration training project, to consider possible Australian participants in the project.

A major exhibition of Indian classical art, for which the Council had contributed project development and public program costs, provided Australian audiences with a greater understanding of India’s cultural heritage and contemporary arts. Dancing to the Flute attracted considerable critical acclaim and an attendance of more than 45 000 people at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 12 June to 24 August 1997. The exhibition coincided with the fiftieth anniversary of Indian independence.

Visitors could see over 200 works from galleries around the world, including sculptures, paintings, textiles and musical instruments from the first century BC to the present. The public program for Dancing to the Flute included dance performances, concerts of Indian music, and substantial involvement by Indian community organisations including religious ceremonies.

The Council contributed to funding the participation of Sydney sculptor and installation artist Simeon Nelson in the 9th Indian Triennale in New Delhi during December 1997. Mr Nelson’s participation in the Triennale, which was organised and principally sponsored by the Australia Council for the Arts, reinforced Indian perceptions of Australia as a country with a tradition of artistic innovation.

The Council provided funding to Ms Louise Paramor to curate an exhibition entitled Works on Paper by Young Contemporary Indian Artists as part of the Next Wave Festival in Melbourne during May 1998. The exhibition sought to make younger Australian audiences more familiar with the work of young contemporary Indian artists, and was based on contacts made by the curator during her time as Asialink artist-in-residence, with AIC funding assistance, in Bhopal in India during early 1995.

The Council provided funding to the Jazz Coordination Association of Western Australia to enable the Perth Jazz Orchestra to participate in the biennial Jazz Yatra, a prestigious Indian festival, in November 1998.

The Council agreed to provide funding to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi towards the costs of a visit to Australia by leading Indian photographer Mr Satish Sharma in mid-1998 to record aspects of Australian life as the basis for a proposed exhibition in major Indian venues in 1999.

The Council also agreed to seek expressions of interest for a working exchange between Australian and Indian Indigenous traditional artists, with a view to the first stage of the exchange, comprising Australian Indigenous artists working and exhibiting at suitable locations in India, taking place during 1998-99.

Adelaide-based Alan Posselt has studied and played sitar for several decades, and is recognised in India as one of the leading non-Indian born sitarists. Council funding support for performing visits to India by Mr Posselt in 1994 and 1996 acknowledged the regard in which his work is held in India, and the capacity of such visits to demonstrate that many Australians have a deep and longstanding interest in India. Mr Posselt has subsequently performed at events connected with AIC activities including the opening of the Woven Magic: Textiles from India exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 1996 and the reception before the Council meeting in Adelaide in March 1998. (Photo: SplitImage)


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