Silk River scrolls exhibition

Published Thursday, 22nd February 2018

Silk River at Victoria Memorial Kolkata

Five months after hundreds of onlookers watched the 22 Silk River scrolls depart Southend-on-Sea pier aboard the Waverley, they have now returned and will be exhibited at the Beecroft Art Gallery.

The ambitious Silk River project explored the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River.

A total of 192 artists, based along the Thames and Hooghly rivers, collaborated to design and create the stunning colourful scrolls, each depicting a unique perspective of each location. The Southend-on-Sea scroll features images of Old Leigh Studios, a cockle fisherman, the Endeavour, Chalkwell Hall, accompanied by references to the Hindu association.

Each location along the Thames was twinned with a location along the Hooghly. Southend-on-Sea was matched with Krishnanagar, as both locations host large communities of artists.

Entry to the exhibition running 2 to 31 March 2018 is free, as it has been organised by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council through funding from the Southend 125 anniversary funding pot.

Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, said: “The Silk River project has been a real journey of discovery for all those involved, educating us all on the importance of the relationship between London and Kolkata. In Southend, we hosted a large number of events to celebrate our 125th year as a Borough, and to finish the year off with the finale of the Silk River Project is something we are immensely proud of.

“Seeing the true beauty of the art which is incorporated in these scrolls is magnificent, and for those who are yet to see them in person, I urge you to visit the Beecroft Art Gallery whilst the exhibition is there and marvel at the wonders of local artists.”

The Beecroft Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am – 17.00pm and admission is free.