BRIDGE2WORLD23, a festival of art featuring paintings and sculptures from across India and the UK, was inaugurated at the Ahmedabad Ni Gufa gallery by former Director of Police, Anil Pratham, on Tuesday. The six-day exhibition is spread across the Gufa Gallery, the Hutheesing Centre and the Kanoria Centre for Arts.
“As a cross-cultural festival, we hope to build bridges and help artists from around the world share their experiences,” says the London-based exhibition curator Radha Binod Sharma, a post-graduate in Fine Arts from MS University, Vadodara, who earlier worked at the Kanoria Centre for Arts and has close links with Gujarat.
The festival is being organised by the IMA Foundation, which was registered in the UK in 2008 with the purpose of curating and promoting the best of contemporary Indian artistic talent globally. Incidentally, IMA stands for mother in Manipur, the state where Mr Sharma was born. The IMA Foundation was chosen to represent India at the World Humanities Conference hosted by UNESCO in 2017.
Several of the artists exhibiting their work were present at the inauguration, including Bharti Sagar from Bangalore, whose series based on the Chandrayaan lunar exploration programme finds prominent display. Also present at the opening was Surendra Patel, owner of the famed Vishalla restaurant and Heritage Utensils Museum in Ahmedabad.
The proceeds of the festival will go to support two charities: WingstoFly in Ahmedabad and Aaji Cha Ghar in Mumbai.
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