Artists Make Space is an international collaboration between Britto Arts Trust, Tara Theatre and the British Council that fostered the pairing of seven Bangladesh-based artists with seven UK-based artists to connect and co-create new multidisciplinary works together. This project was commissioned to commemorate British Council’s 70 years in Bangladesh and its work in providing a safe space for people to creatively engage and voice their views through a range of artistic mediums. The exhibiting artists are- Azizee Fawmi Khan, Apurba Jahangir, Emadul Hoque Topu, Hiridita anisha, Monon Muntaka, Mridul Kanti Goshami, Rakib Anwar, Abbie Lois, Kamilah Ahmed, Rehemur Rahman, Ruby Kitching, Rupinder Kaur, Thahmima Begum and Tia Ali.

One of the main aims of the project was to involve experienced and creative partners who would be open to guiding young and emerging artists in their arts practice and careers along with encouraging exploration of work with various art forms such as visual art, sculptures, textile, audio, performance, and digital art amongst others. After touring London, Birmingham and Manchester in the UK with Tara Theatre during October 2022, the exhibition was held for the first time in Bangladesh with Britto Arts Trust at the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Chittagong (6-12 November). The exhibition will be touring to Sylhet (22-24 November at Kobi Nazrul Auditorium) and Dhaka (7-14 December at the British Council and Britto Arts Trust).

The exhibition is curated by artists Mahbubur Rahman and Natasha Kathi Chandra. Artists Dhali Al Mamun, Salauddin Ahmed and Mahmudul Hossain from Bangladesh and Jennifer Tang, Clive Lyttle, Uzma Hameed and Jaspreet Kaur from the UK were engaged as mentors for this project.

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