International Journal of Art & Design Education

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Anti-racist Education: An Introduction to the Talacchanda Exhibition and Education Project

Volume 23.1   2004



The Talacchanda project took place as an independent research/exhibition undertaking supported by the Glasgow School of Art. Over seventeen months an exploratory education programme was introduced at various levels of schools and higher education. The education programme sprang from a contemporary art exhibition and dance performance called Talaccahnda, which was informed by ancient Indian thought on art and drama. The exhibition and performance took place in Glasgow’s Tramway Project Room and Theatre in October 2002. It had been shown previously in the British Council Gallery in New Delhi in 2000, and later in 2001 at the artist run space ‘Out of the Blue’ in Edinburgh. Thanks to Scottish Arts Council Lottery funding, Talacchanda Glasgow was accompanied by an education programme, which offered workshops and events in schools, at the gallery, through community groups as well as at GSA and Reid Kerr College, Paisley. By demonstrating connections between apparently disparate activities, the project aimed to serve as a catalyst for fresh thinking on inter-cultural and anti racist education, and to strengthen connections between the community groups and institutions involved.