Gesture - Pangaea Sculptors' Centre

By lucy, June 21, 2022

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Rachael Abraham

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Rachael Abraham

Wes high res


Hand Earth Gesture Return

Chapter 5: Gesture

A site-specific collaboration between artists from the UK and India: Dolon Kundu, Rachael Champion, Amy & Oliver Thomas-Irvine and Jim Woodall.

Coventry Canal Basin, CV1 4LY
Tuesday 12th – Sunday 17th July, 12 – 8 pm


Visit experimental, temporary public art installation Hand Earth Gesture Return from 12 – 8 pm every day and witness an artwork in evolution. As the production and origins of goods become increasingly complex and remote, this artwork addresses a wish to return to our roots and participate in the making of things. Made from earth, straw and water – natural, locally grown, sourced and sustainable materials – it celebrates the universality of nature and the raw and organic energy generated during the processes of making.

Drop-in clay making each day 12 – 8 pm with Zoe Petrie – Get your hands dirty with clay and straw; make clay sculptures and add to the installation.

Improvised live drumming performances with local world-rhythm musicians Parmjeet Bamrah (Indian Classical), Anabell Febles (Latin), Mahandra Patel (Indian Folk / World Fusion), Luke Weaver (World Fusion) and Abraham Paddy Tetteh (Ghanaian); responding to the on-site production and exploring the connection between gesture, earth and hand. In collaboration with Kadence Music.

Pop-up floating café / bar – the Village Butty.

British Sign Language Interpreter – Saturday and Sunday 2 – 6 pm.

Recycle and return – Expressions of interest are sought from community groups and individuals who would like to use the grain, clay, straw, timber and other materials once the exhibition is over. Talk to us!

Curators: Nandita Palchoudhuri (Kolkata, India) / Lucy Tomlind (Warwickshire, UK).



Friday 15th July | Local Artists/Artisans Social 4 – 8 pm | Roam + Dwell, Ludic Rooms 2 – 6 pm

Sunday 17th July |  ‘Water ritual’ performance marking the beginning of the erosion process and the return of the sculptures to the earth 4 – 5 pm.


Drumming Performances

Tuesday 12th July | 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday 13th July | 1.30 – 2.30 pm | 7 – 8 pm
Thursday 14th July | 1.30 – 2.30 pm | 6 – 7 pm
Friday 15th July | 3 – 4 pm | 6.30 – 7.30 pm
Saturday 16th July | 1 – 2 pm | 5 – 7 pm
Sunday 17th July | 4 – 5 pm ‘Water-erosion’ finale.


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