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Raising Breast Cancer Awareness Through Art

 The cARTpet Project
Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai in collaboration with PASSAGES reproduces artworks
by India’s leading artists as carpets to be sold to support breast cancer awareness

Preview: 21 October 2018 at Blue Sea, Mumbai
Exhibition continues: 22 October - 1 November 2018 at Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai
(l-r) Anjolie Ela Menon, Baiju Parthan and Brinda Miller, Photograph courtesy, PASSAGES and Art & Soul Foundation, Mumbai

10 September 2018:  Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai in collaboration with NGO PASSAGES presents an exclusive exhibition curated by Brinda Miller and Tarana Khubchandani with a limited-edition collection of hand woven and tufted carpets in wool and silk titled The cARTpet Project. Reproduced from key artworks of twenty-two of India’s leading artists, the exhibition aims to raise breast cancer awareness as well as funds to support patients with their treatment expenses. The exhibition will open at Blue Sea, 12pm on 21 October 2018 to mark breast cancer awareness month in Mumbai and continue at Gallery Art & Soul from 22 October - 1 November 2018.

The cARTpet project is a great opportunity for collectors to enjoy art in an unusual form. For the young aspirational collector, it is a rare chance to collect a unique piece of work and support an important cause. Participating artists include - Anjolie Ela Menon, Baiju Parthan, S.H. Raza, Brinda Miller, Jayasri Burman, Jehangir Sabavala, Krishen Khanna, Badri Narayan, Manu Parekh, Paresh Maity, Ram Kumar, Rekha Rodwittiya, Rini Dhumal, Neeraj Goswami, Sudhir Patwardhan, Satish Gujral, Seema Kohli, Senaka Senanayake, Sujata Bajaj, Suryaprakash, Shuvaprasanna and Thota Vaikuntam.

Dr. Tarana Khubchandani, Founder, Director PASSAGES and Art & Soul, “As a survivor, I’m saddened to see that there still exists an apathy amongst the urban woman regarding breast self-examination and regular screenings. Without starting a panic, we have to understand that many lifestyle changes in the last decade have lowered the average age at which this cancer is being detected. So, the onus of detection really lies with the woman herself. It’s about time we armed ourselves with the necessary tools for early detection and cure, with each one of us becoming an ambassador for change and education about this illness.”

“This collaborative effort between Tarana and myself has been nothing short of fantastic and we are quite certain that this relatively unexplored medium will generate a great deal of interest also because it’s for a great cause. The limited-edition hand -tufted/hand-knotted works have been a diligent labour of love that will eventually contribute to the cause and commitment that Tarana has been working so hard for.”  Brinda Miller

Gallery Art & Soul was born from a need to raise funds and awareness about breast cancer and has been committed to social causes since 2003, spreading the message of the cause which continues to dominate women in Indian society with fear and taboo. 

Exhibition Preview: 12 pm on Sunday, 21 October 2018
Venue: BLUE SEA, 11 Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Road, Worli Sea-face, Mumbai 400030.

Exhibition dates: 22 October - 1 November 2018 at Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai

About Brinda Miller
Brinda Miller studied Textile Design at Sir J.J. School of Art in 1979 with a First Class, standing first in order of merit in Maharashtra. She also studied Drawing and Painting at the Parsons School of Design, New York in 1989. Since 1982, Brinda has showcased her work via 16 solo exhibitions.

About Dr. Tarana Khubchandani
Tarana Khubchandani is the founder and director of Art & Soul Gallery, Mumbai and heads the not for profit organization PASSAGES that educates and empowers urban women in various spheres, but importantly, has helped raise awareness on the cause of Breast Cancer in Mumbai. This NGO provides financial, medical and emotional support to breast cancer patients in all strata of our city. A dental and Oral Surgeon by profession, Tarana is also an avid art collector and patron and started her journey as a Gallerist in 2003 with Gallery Art & Soul. With over 250 art shows of an exceedingly high calibre, she has set her sights on public art projects, wherein she has consulted and procured the art, collaborating closely.

PASSAGES was born on July 10, 1998, with the coming together of four ordinary women, who seemingly had nothing in common. Despite their diverse backgrounds – an oral maxillofacial surgeon, a successful businesswoman, a homemaker and a social scientist – they had something vital in common, a deep desire to reach out to other urban women and help them address issues faced by them through the passages of their life, be they physical, mental, social or legal. PASSAGES work on a range of subjects which include, but are not limited to, parenting, legal rights, self-development, complementary or allied therapeutic remedies, counselling and several health topics such as hormonal imbalance and emotional health.  Our programmes for the youth focus on sex education, environment, memory development and drug abuse. In a span of 20 years, this NGO has impacted the lives of hundreds of women.

About Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai
Art & Soul is an art space in the heart of Worli, Mumbai and enjoys the privilege of working with a huge cross-section of artists. Founded in 2004, Art & Soul is recognized by the artist community with uniquely conceptualized and well-executed art events. This is reflected in their large database of artists and the gallery showcase of works of over 100 established artists, spanning 8 decades. The artist relations are fostered through reputable in the domestic and international art scenarios. Art & Soul’s responsibilities to their clients are met by raising art consciousness and awareness amongst primary investors, through consultations, workshops, dialogue with artists, art historians and art critics and through a unique format of social initiatives involving artists of different genres.

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