A colourful family exhibition, From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha, opens at The Bowes Museum next month, and with it comes an opportunity to get involved in the creation of a unique piece of art.
To celebrate the opening of this vibrant show – A British Museum Spotlight Tour - we are proposing to raise £2,000 towards the making of a traditional Hindu welcome and symbol of good luck - a 2½ metre wide Rangoli pattern on the floor of the Museum’s reception hall - using the online Kickstarter crowdfunding platform to finance the project.
This impressive and exclusive piece of Indian art will be made using pulses, beans and coloured rice, designed and created by artist Raj Rani. Originally from Amritsar in India, where her paintings were exhibited in the famous Golden Temple, she now lives and works in Tynemouth.
However, to enable us to produce the Rangoli we need the public to get involved! As one of the rewards for making a pledge, donors can help Raj create the pattern on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th May. Just £20 secures the chance to take part in learning the rituals and techniques involved in producing a Rangoli, and getting hands-on with the artist to create this vibrant Hindu welcome. The donation allows for one person to work alongside Raj and a limited amount of other backers.
Every single contribution really counts, and rewards for donations range from a £1, which earns the donor a thank you on social media, up to £100 to own an original oil painting of Raj Rani’s work. Other items on offer include a stylish tote bag for a pledge of £15; a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ganesha exhibition with the curator, plus tea and cake from Café Bowes for £40, or a gorgeous print of colourful butterflies by Raj Rani for £50.
It’s all seat-of-the-pants stuff for those pledging to create the Rangoli, as it involves being available on the above mentioned dates.
However, we won’t know if the online campaign has been successful until (at the very latest) Monday 16th May, so be prepared for action at short notice as it’s an all or nothing approach to fundraising.
The finished Rangoli will welcome visitors to The Bowes Museum from Thursday 19th until Sunday 22nd May.
To donate to this exciting project visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/296095267/rangoli-and-rituals-with-artist-raj-rani-at-the-bo