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The scrolls are a year-long collaboration between Kew and Kinetika, an international community arts organisation. The project connects twenty communities along the Thames Estuary and India's Hooghly River and the people who live and work along them. The result of this collaboration is the twenty hand-painted scrolls, ten created in India and ten in the UK.
One of the scrolls charts the relationship between Kew Gardens and India through its plants, people, art and artefacts.
Talks from the artists and hands-on workshops interpreting the scolls and bringing the stories to life, will take place throughout the week.
Silk River Illuminated – Collaborative Art Work, 11am—3pm
Throughout the exhibition artists-in-residence, Raw Ground Arts, will be inviting visitors to contribute to a new large scale interactive installation which will explore Kew’s botanical connections with India. The piece, which will run along the floor of the Nash Conservatory, will mirror the shapes of the Thames and Hooghly rivers.
On 22 October there will be a separate day of fun for families bringing the stories of the silk scrolls to life with activities for all ages in and around the Nash Conservatory.