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Artist praises council for helping her to put on exhibition

Published 1st August 2019

Councillors with Ranbir Kaur

International Rangoli artist Ranbir Kaur has thanked Sandwell Council for awarding her a town grant to help her put on a special exhibition at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Indian-born Ranbir put on an exhibition of her work to celebrate her 30 years in England and took part in a number of workshops with local children.

Rangoli is a traditional Indian art used to decorate the ground in front of houses and places of worship, with designs created using decorative patterns marked out on the floor.

Ranbir’s exhibition, A Journey Through Colours, ran from April to June at the Holyead Road art gallery and highlighted some of her work to promote Indian art and culture at the highest standard.

Ranbir, who lives in Sandwell in the Tamebridge area, said: “The exhibition was a big success with a lot of interest in my work.

“The workshops were very popular and were well received by children, especially those for autistic young people who really enjoyed working with me.

“It has been a great experience and I am so grateful to Sandwell Council for the special grant and the support of the museums and arts service.”

Cabinet member Councillor Maria Crompton and Councillor Olwen Jones, town chair for Wednesbury, visited the exhibition and chatted to Ranbir.

Councillor Jones said: “The exhibition was very well received by local people and the workshops were a really useful way of getting young people interested in the arts.”

The exhibition was supported by a £1,750 town grant.