About India-Scotland Season
British Council has been working in partnership with Creative Scotland for over 4 years to develop projects between artists, art professionals and organisations from India and Scotland. Scoping trips to India and delegations attending key events such as Momentum, Celtic Connections and Turner Prize have resulted in many new projects, collaborations and opportunities being created.
Projects we are supporting
A distinctive Scottish element to UK/India 2017 has been co-ordinated by the British Council in Scotland in partnership with Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government. Nine projects covering a range of art forms have been chosen to take part this year. They include leading Scottish photographers, artists, writers and electronic musicians, amongst others.
The partnerships aim to build sustainable and lasting relationships between Scottish artists and organisations and their Indian counterparts. Projects involving young people in both countries were a particular focus, as is reflected in the majority of those selected.
Drawing on Scotland’s reputation as the home of tartan noir, a Scottish crime writing delegation will see authors Doug Johnstone and Lin Anderson join agents Jenny Brown and Esha Chatterjee for events in Edinburgh and Kolkata to develop connections between Scottish and Indian writers. The Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival will seek to build a reader base for contemporary Scottish authors through an online writers’ residency hosted on a popular Indian books website.
Photography collective Document Scotland presented an exhibition in India at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in September 2017, with workshops for young people. A further project will identify artists for a digital photography exchange between Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow and the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad.
Katy West and Glasgow School of Art will expand the India Street textiles exhibition shown in 2016 at Tramway in Glasgow. Focused in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, their projects will include workshops for students to share knowledge of the textiles industries in both countries.
The team behind the Counterflows music festival in Glasgow will focus on mentorship and collaboration with contributions from Rian Treanor, composers Mark Fell and Nakul Krishnamurthy; percussionist Anantha R Krishnan and violinist Dr Lalitha Muthuswamy. Activities will take place in Fort Kochin, Chennai and Kolkata. Read more about the schedule of events in December 2017 here.
Class Act India will see Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre partner with Mumbai’s Rage Theatre from November 2017 to February 2018 to connect young people from diverse backgrounds through workshops led by Scottish playwrights.
And Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway and the Edinburgh International Book Festival will tour a Gaelic and Indian music commission, and coordinate an exchange between Scottish and Indian writers and illustrators. Both projects will draw upon the collection of Stornoway-born Colin Mackenzie, who became the First Surveyor General of India and amassed the largest known collection of Indian antiquities and artefacts.
The Brian Molley Quartet has already embarked on its project with performances and workshops for students and children with disabilities at the Madras Jazz Festival, earlier this month. Glasgow-based Paragon Ensemble will head to Chennai in July 2017, to lead a music programme for children with additional support needs. Then in October 2017, Paisley’s Spree Festival will partner with Jodhpur Riff Festival, bringing young people together with Scottish musicians Blue Rose Code and Ross Ainslie for a traditional music collaboration.