Bengal Arts Programme’s Education wing is designed to expand the periphery of mainstream pedagogy, by seeking to blur and overlap ideas of traditional and contemporary art practices. It has helped develop critical social-cultural-historical dialogues in different paradigms.
Art Writing Workshop by Mustafa Zaman
The Art Writing Workshop was designed as a critical thinking platform for newspaper reporters, journalists, researchers and writers where they would be free to exchange ideas, write on topics of their choice, analyse examples of local and international art writing and review each other’s’ works. The workshop provided a theoretical perspective of art writing to media journalists to deepen their understanding of the field.
The workshop was conducted by Mustafa Zaman, artist, writer and critic.
Workshop on Monoprint for School Students
Bengal Practice Studio organised a three days long monoprint workshop called ‘Out of the school and into the art studio’, jointly with the local school Aronee. The workshop opened up a new vista for the students by teaching them how to produce monoprint artworks.
The workshop was conducted principally by artists Mahmuda Siddika and Farzana Ahmed Urmi.
Cross Dialogues is designed to help spark critical trans-disciplinary conversations.
Film screening শুনতে কি পাও – Are You Listening!
শুনতে কি পাও (Are You Listening) is an international award winning docu-fiction film. It depicts the inner struggle of people in the coastal regions through the personal story of Soumen and Rakhi. The film was written and directed by Kamar Ahmad Simon and produced by Sara Afreen. The screening was followed by a cross dialogue between the director and the audience.
The residency programme is open to artists, curators and researchers who are developing art projects with connections to/ interests in Bangladesh and South Asia. It proposes 4 to 6 week long residencies which are specifically designed to cater to the needs of each project so as to make a significant contribution to their successful completion.
British clay artist Richard Crooks is interested in the re-interpretation of global architectural trends in vernacular architecture. During his residency with Bengal Arts Programme, he observed trends in the various architectural styles displayed in recent residential constructions in Dhaka to inform a new body of work.
The outcome of Richad Crook’s residency in Bangladesh was subsequently exhibited at the solo show ‘Impressions from a Journey’ held in September 2017 at the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham (UK), an Arts Council funded gallery.
Zeenat Nagree is an independent art critic and researcher based in Mumbai, India. Nagree completed a Master’s in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 with a focus on indigenism and internationalism in writing on Indian art. She has worked as Art Editor for Time Out Mumbai and Text Editor for Art India.
During her stay, Zeenat Nagree’s research was on performance art in Bangladesh and produced an article titled To Preserve and Protest. The article was later published in Artforum.