April 15, 2024

A Powerful Union: BEADS and Utsha Foundation for Contemporary Art Join Forces for Climate Change and Art – A Green Perspective

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha), April 2: To provide impetus to the conversation around climate change and sustainability, Bhubaneswar Experimental Art and Design Studio (BEADS), under its spotlight initiative, ‘ADC – Art. Design & Conversations’, joined forces with Utsha Dialogues to present ‘Climate Change & Art – A Green Perspective,’ a thought-provoking discussion that took place on March 29, 2024, at 6:00 PM at the Utsha Foundation for Contemporary Art. Championing the larger agenda of how art bolsters climate action, this event unpacked the powerful intersection of these two realms.

The event was centered around a key panel discussion between three strong sustainability advocates, including Ravi Agarwal, a renowned artist, photographer, and environmental campaigner; Aditya Panda, an eminent wildlife conservationist; and Jagannath Panda, a global artist and sculptor. Sandeep Hota, Co-Founder and Managing Director of BEADS, seamlessly moderated this thought-provoking exchange. Having contributed to this cause in their own unique way, each of the esteemed panelists analyzed the significant impact of art on increasing consciousness and motivating efforts regarding climate change. They also identified and highlighted the various ways artists can contribute to the environmental movement, from visual representations to community engagement projects.

Shedding light on the current issues surrounding the environment, the event examined the potential of art to catalyze real change in the face of the climate crisis. Overall, it was very successful in bringing together diverse voices to explore the intersection of art and environmental activism.

During the talk Ravi Agarwal said,Art is not merely a mirror reflecting the world around us; it’s a potent tool to shape it. Through this initiative, we are trying to illuminate the powerful intersection of art and activism, fostering a dialogue that can spark consciousness and inspire action in the face of our environmental challenges.

As an artist, I’ve always believed in the power of art to evoke emotions, spark dialogue, and inspire action. The discussion at ‘Climate Change & Art – A Green Perspective’ was a powerful example of this potential. By bringing together artists, environmental advocates, and the community, we can foster a creative conversation that tackles the climate crisis from a fresh perspective.Jagannath Panda, Artist and Mentor, BEADS, added.

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Aditya Panda, Panelist and Wildlife Conservationist, further elaborated,Climate change is a complex issue, and fostering a collective understanding necessitates creative exploration from various disciplines. Through this talk, we are encouraging all artists to use the power of creativity to illuminate current environmental challenges and inspire a dialogue around the same. If done correctly and with the right intention, this can create a powerful movement that transcends borders and ignites a collective passion for a sustainable future.

The occasion also celebrated the unveiling of BEADS’ parijata design collection—a homage to the enduring connection between individuals, nature, destiny, and Odisha’s rich cultural legacy. Explore floral home décor plates, functional utility jars, and an exclusive jewelry line, all meticulously crafted by local artists. Handmade ceramic pieces from Odisha adorn this exquisite collection.

To know more about BEADS, please visit: https://studiobead.com/

Check out more conversations around art and environment through the different episodes of ADC – Art. Design & Conversations’, only on BEADS’ YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/@StudioBEAD

About BEADS:

Dedicated to enhancing lives through innovative design, BEADS stands as Bhubaneswar Experimental Art & Design Studio. Specializing in crafting bespoke, handcrafted ceramic tableware and home décor items, the studio proudly represents Odisha’s cultural heritage. With a team of talented artisans, BEADS seamlessly blends traditional craftsmanship with modern design sensibilities, offering a unique fusion of artistry and functionality.

About Utsha:

Utsha Foundation for Contemporary Art serves as a hub of knowledge, creation, and action, bridging traditional and contemporary art forms. Established in 2011, it operates as a charitable trust in Bhubaneswar, dedicated to nurturing Odishan culture. Utsha acts as a catalyst for cultural enrichment globally, promoting interdisciplinary art pedagogy through various initiatives like workshops, lectures, artist residencies, and collaborations.