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.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Getting Around

With the HAT LAB taking place at Arts Reverie, I have been fortunate to stay with LOkesh at his flat for the first few days of my time in Ahmedabad. We would travel to and fro on his scooter, which was a great way to see different parts of the city, how people live and an ideal way to quickly get my bearings. Lots of people travel by scooter, motorcycle or motor rickshaw although some choose other methods of transport...
Seeing all the Vespas and LML's made be wish I could scoot around too. The traffic is busy here, although hidden beneath the surface, there is an element of order...... 
I understand that the rules for wearing crash helmets varies depending on where you are. In the city the driver of a scooter is compelled to wear a crash helmet but not the passenger although some of the safety head wear sported by some would not be of much use in an accident!
Thurle arrives today and we both begin our stay at Arts Reverie which will be our base for the remainder of our stay. Looking forward to catching up with Thurle and settling in to such an amazing house in the heart of the Old City and its Pols.