Working across different media, her practice references the shifting geography of economic power, as well as varying global trends, against a background of local and traditional means of production.
As part of Shakti Cymru, Samant undertook a residency at Powis Castle during early July, responding to the Clive of India collection and its context within the Castle and in Wales. As a result, major new works are featuring at Powis Castle alongside her exhibition at Oriel Davies.
This exhibition forms part of the Meadow Arts project Shakti, presented in partnership with National Trust, Oriel Davies and WAVE - Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Shakti is an ambitious contemporary arts programme across four venues in both England and Wales exploring the relationship between Britain and the Indian Subcontinent.
Please see www.meadowarts.org for full programme details
Saturday 14 September
Oriel Davies Launch
3 – 5pm
Dance and storytelling performances by Kala Sangam, a leading South Asian collaborative arts organisation based in Bradford.
Free drop-in workshops by Kala Sangam artists Geetha Upadhyaya, Vijay Venkat and Shrikant Subramaniam.
6 - 8pm
Meet Sharmila Samant
South Asian inspired refreshments
Sunday 15 September
Powis Castle Launch (14 - 15 September free access to the Clive Museum and the Castle and Gardens)
11am – 12noon
Artist’s talk by Sharmila Samant (booking essential)*
12.00 noon Unveiling of new work by Sharmila Samant.
1 – 4.30pm The Kala Sangam artists continue their storytelling and music performances, plus free dance and movement workshops.
* Booking essential: telephone Powis Castle on 01938 551929 or email here