Award-winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi will give a talk about his new outdoor commission Garden Within a Garden at Cartwright Hall, Bradford, on Sunday, 19 June.
Imran is creating a ‘Garden Within a Garden’ in both the new temporary urban garden in City Park, and the Mughal water garden in Lister Park in Bradford this week.
‘Garden Within a Garden’ is a major new artwork commissioned by 14-18NOW, the UK Arts Programme for the First World War centenary, Bradford Council and Yorkshire Festival 2016. Imran is to paint with acrylics directly onto paving in City Park and the Mughal Water Gardens in Lister Park. His artwork is inspired by the million-strong British Indian army that fought in the First World War.
Imran will be in conversation with Alnoor Mitha this Sunday between 2pm – 4pm, about his creative practice and his other international public commissions. Alnoor Mitha is Senior Research Fellow (Asian Cultures) at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Imran was born in Hyderabad and lives and works in Lahore, which lies within a region that as part of the British Raj, enlisted a huge number of Muslim, Sikh and Hindu soldiers to fight on the Western Front. It is their experiences of being at war in a distant land and in a hostile climate that will inform Garden Within a Garden.
Imran was awarded the Deutsche Bank Award for Artist of the Year in 2013 and had his first UK solo exhibition at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham in 2014. He has also exhibited in London and New York.
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for culture, said: “This is a great opportunity to learn how the creative mind works.
“It will be fascinating to hear how an international award-winning artist approaches a major piece of artwork and especially one that is being undertaken here in the heart of Bradford.”
It is free to attend the talk on Sunday, however attendees are requested to book ahead by emailing Cartwright.Hall@bradford.gov.uk or contact 01274 431212.