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Artful Autumn: Silk River unfurls

Twenty vibrant, six-metre long, hand-painted silk scrolls telling stories of areas along the Thames and the Hooghly River in India, will be on display for one week in the Nash Conservatory. Sunday 22 to Friday 27 October 2017.

Event details

Sunday 22 to Friday 27 October 2017, 10am to 6pm

Nash Conservatory


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Event overview

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.

Activities taking place during the week

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.

Family Day - 22 October

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.

Activities during the family day