- Durry Exhibition: India has always been famous for its weaving industry and textiles, enriched by the diverse layers of cultural influences that over time became absorbed into the fabric of consciousness. The knotted carpet was probably introduced into India from Persia, but in the case of the durrie India had long had its own weaving industry, which was renowned as its textile production.
What became clear was that there was little or no record of who made these durries in the past, in the finished article, the weaver’s voice is silent. It seemed important to give them a voice as they are the direct link between the past and present, whether weaving durries for royal patrons, traders or their own needs.
On the road to rediscover this voice the idea of this exhibition also turned out to be a platform for these unknown artists of our society.
In conjunction with the exhibition there was also a weaving course, which gave participants a rare opportunity to teach from 2 of the master weavers how to weave their own durrie, within the grounds of the Mehrangarh Fort, adjacent to the exhibition. This type of object fuses history & art with modern-day artisans continuing a tradition of small-scale hand-made production. This craft is trying to adapt and sustain itself in the face of changing times, fashion and culture and the Durrie Exhibition was a small initiative to give it a strong platform.
- Last Dance of the Raj: An exhibition of photographs from ‘Delhi Durbar – 1911’, titled “The Last Dance of the Raj” was displayed by Jessica Douglas, the Grand-Daughter of the owner of the collection, Lilah Wingfield from 3rd December 2011 – 3rd January 2012.
- Garden and Cosmos:The remarkable painting exhibition ‘Garden and Cosmos’, was displayed at Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the British Museum and the Art gallery at New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
- Sanskrit Sammelan: National Conference on “The relevance of Smriti Dharmashatra in Modern Times” 7th - 8th September 2011
- Ashwa Sammelan: National Conference on “Horses throughout the ages in Indian History and Culture” 9th - 10th November 2011.