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Talking Streets

Workshops & Residency with Yasmin Hales
Date: 27.01.18 to 28.01.18

Free Workshops 15:00 to 17:00

       Spatial Rhythms: The Meaning and Making of Indigenous Wall and Floor Decoration in India

“Join our journey to India, where we take a glimpse into the ritual world of folk and tribal art patterns that are displayed on domestic walls and floors. I will provide an artistic introduction into the traditional meaning and patterns of contemporary folk and tribal art, before assisting you to create your own ritual wall and floor design. This Indian art workshop is a unique and creative activity you will not want to miss! All skills are welcome in this engaging event for adults, families, friends and curious artists”         .


       Talking Streets and Ritual Mark Making Are Narratives For People to Understand Their Worlds”

In India the ephemeral artwork creates endless stories and narratives which are often accompanied by a rites of passage to celebrate a birth, marriage, harvest or death. Like the epic narratives within Indian religious belief, these indigenous designs that are hand drawn by women on a daily basis with chalk or coloured powder paint, fade, erode and then replaced. The lines become a historical trace into the earth of the physical movement and performance that create the expression, space and cultural narratives of the Talking Streets. 

                                                          Warli Tribal Art. Thane, Western India.  

It was great to observe the interest in Indian folk and tribal art amongst the Great Art workshop participants in Shoreditch. The visual inspiration behind some of the participants’ art designs that were created combined with the discussion about the personal meaning and metaphor of Talking Streets was very interesting. Overall everyone agreed the ritual patterns created upon domestic thresholds, walls and floors, whether upon urban streets in villages and cities or rural forest interiors, became not only become a place of spatial rhythm and interaction for the female householders, but the cultural glue that binds a community together.


                                          Great to see the streets talking at Great Arts, Shoreditch too!                                 

 Inspired by my research to promote indigenous art, space and place to the wider community, I curated an exhibition called the ‘Talking Streets’ at the Harrow Arts Centre, with accompanying adult and family workshops (2016, 2017). A continuation of this Talking Streets exhibition will be on display in collaboration with the Anthropology department at Goldsmiths Univ in 2019.

For further details on Talking Streets workshops click on the link below or email info@talking