2017 marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence; an inspiring moment to reflect on the profound relationship between Britain, India and the subcontinent’s rich history and culture. For many, it is only the events of the British Raj and Indian independence that define the relationship of the two countries. Both Britain and India where in very different places 400 years ago and the interactions between both countries throughout those four centuries have come to shape our world today in more ways than one would expect.
The web series explores the tightly woven and at times tumultuous relationship between Great Britain and India. Through a series of eight short films, Inspirate and Image Nova will present a broader portrait of the two countries by focusing on the origins of the relationship, the people who changed the face of the subcontinent and the legacy of decisions made over the four hundred years that bring us to the present day.
Taking inspiration from the illuminated maps of the British Empire and the hand crafted artefacts in the exhibition, artist Lorna Dunn has created a hand painted installation artwork that contextualises the history of the two countries over the four hundred years. At its centre sits a television monitor which, over the course of the exhibition will show a series of videos titled 400 Years: Britain & India. As a whole, the art installation has been designed as a legacy artwork that becomes an interface between the broader exhibition and the public in our multicultural, modern day Britain.
The installation will be exhibited alongside Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India, telling the story of a grand tour through some of the finest Indian treasures from the Royal Collection. Visit New Walk Museum to view the exhibitions from 7th July to 29th October: http://www.visitleicester.info/things-to-see-and-do/arts-museums/exhibitions/splendoursofthesubcontinent/
This project would not have been the success it has without the unrelenting support of our funders and partners. 400 Years: Britain and India has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Young Roots programme and Arts Council England through their Grants for the Arts programme. The exhibition is funded by Leicester New Walk Museum.
Throughout the project we have worked closely with the Royal Collection and Leicester New Walk Museum who have enabled us to connect with their collections and exhibition spaces to tell the 400 year story of Britain and India.