Making Space:Sensing Place

In October 2009, along with artist Thurle Wright, I was awarded a Making Space:Sensing Place Fellowship; part of the HAT: Here and There International Exchange Programme, managed by A Fine Line:Cultural Practice. The Fellowship includes residencies with Britto Arts in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with Arts Reverie in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, with The V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London and with The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire. Working and collaborating with artists and craftspeople from the UK, Bangladesh and India, responding to the collections and spaces we encounter and sharing these experiences through a touring exhibition and educational workshops.

This blog, which is still developing and being added to, is a record of my experiences during the MS:SP Fellowship. Steven Follen.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010


Pulak taught me some Bangla today, some of the numbers. These are my phonetic spellings of the sounds.
1. eck
2. dui
3. thin
4. char
5. patch
6. choi
7. shat
8. at
9. noi
10. dosh.
15. ponero
20. bisch
25. pochish
30. trish
35. po-i-trish
40. cholish
45. po cholish
50 ponchash
55 ponchanno
100's add the word 'show' after the numbers 1-10 e.g. ' char - show' - 400. ' eck -show', 'dui show'
1000's add' hazar' after the number e.g. 'char hazar' - 4000.

I tried learning to write some Bangla too but didnt get far, there are many more vowels and consonants than in the Roman alphabet. I learnt the words for some of the metals....
Steel - Is-pat
Zinc - Jink
Gold - Shona
Silver - Rupa
Brass - Pitol
Tin - Tin
Copper - Tama