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About Abundant Art

 

Abundant Art focuses on performing arts delivered through our Artzine, workshops, performances, film making, and heritage programs.We continue to bring a thriving multi-faceted cultural and entertainment scene to our audience through our e-mag. We started Abundant Art as an online journal featuring previews, reviews, and interviews of various performances and presentations creating multicultural awareness of artistic collaboration and cultural heritage. The idea is also to create a dialogue between the artists and their audience through our social media channels. We also aim to rediscover and preserve artistic heritage, which is at risk, and reconnect people with lost and forgotten heritage. Through our projects, we encourage understanding heritage in a contemporary context and transforming it into a living experience to the younger generation. We strive to make artistic heritage accessible and relevant to people in the most suitable way. We have recently expanded to film and documentary making and believe that meaningful cinema will make a difference in people’s lives.

 

Why Abundant Art-Our story

 

In today’s world where people have little time to pause, reflect and connect meaningfully with others, art and culture are the catalysts in changing attitudes, amplifying connections. It can help us rediscover our roots, connect with local communities and reignite the desire to achieve. Connecting with art or doing something creative improves mental health and the feeling of well-being. Art inspires people to realize the beauty within and all around us. We aim to tap into that positive energy generated through art.

With this in mind, we created Abundant Art and Abundant Art gallery to allow bright young minds to access this transformative space and enrich their lives, even take up art and culture-based creative careers and drive social and community impact.

 

About Abundant Art Gallery

 

In 2018 Abundant Art branched out to fine arts and launched Abundant Art gallery – an online curated art gallery focusing on promoting contemporary art. We produce original artworks (paintings and sculptures) through art camps and promote them through our online gallery to collectors and art lovers. We also curate physical exhibitions.

Through our social media channels, we look at bringing fine artists from all styles to share their work and initiate discussions about the art world collectively. We aim to focus on artists from diverse communities, backgrounds, and demographics to create new opportunities. We identify, inspire and support them with the required resources to produce artworks. In our unique model we commission the artworks through art camps organised by Abundant Art. Proceeds from sales are shared with the artists after we cover our costs.

The gallery had started with Indian Art working across borders creating a link between Indian artists and an international audience. Our strategy was to focus on one areato begin with as a learning pad. As Indian art and artists is an area we have been connected to before the start of Abundant Art Gallery, we felt confident to start with that genre. Creating a track record as a gallery over the last two years has helped us attract interest from local artists to join our workforce. We now have a planned strategy to extend to the UK artist base, which we could not respond to at the beginning of the year due to the Covid outbreak. This has posed major setbacks to our sustainability as a gallery, as we have been forced to halt our new plans to expand our spectrum. 

 Meet The Team

 

Protima Chatterjee (Founder & Creative Director)

Protima Chatterjee is the Founder and Creative Director of Abundant Art. She is a regular contributor and writes previews and reviews of the latest events in the London arts scene. Following her creative passion to make a lasting impact in the community, particularly amongst young people, Protima founded 'Abundant Art UK' in 2012 as a multi-arts Artzine featuring reviews, previews, and interviews. Following her ambition to make a lasting impact on arts heritage, she launched a new segment in Abundant Art focusing on heritage projects.

The first heritage project was launched in 2018 with funding awarded from the National Heritage Lottery. The project was completed in 2020 with its final product, the film ‘A Meeting of Cultures’ which has been nominated for the Chicago Indie Film awards and The London Lift- Off Film Festival 2020. 2018 also saw the birth of Abundant Art Gallery, a sister company focusing on fine arts, which promotes emerging young and established artists globally. Protima is a trained dancer and arts journalist. She continues her work as a performer, choreographer, and dance teacher. She has a degree in English literature and is a post-graduate in Mass Communications and Journalism. Protima evolved into an art entrepreneur directing Abundant Art and the multi-faceted arts projects that the company conceptualises and delivers. She has further developed her career to branch out into film-making with her directorial debut ‘A Meeting of Cultures’. Protima says ‘I believe art brings meaningful purpose to life and creates positive thinking, which helps people achieve in every field. Through Abundant Art, we aim to instil artistic passion and creative skills into our communities, especially the younger generation, and aid their creative development into the artists of tomorrow. Combined with our aspiration of preserving artistic heritage we strive to motivate and inspire young people to be confident achievers personally and professionally leading them to appreciate the importance of art and their cultural heritage’.

Julia Nelson (Marketing and Operations Executive)

Julia Nelson is the Marketing and Operations Executive at Abundant Art and oversees all publicity, marketing and project co-ordination. Jules is a creative and innovative content, PR, and digital marketing professional with experience in online content creation, public relations, and digital marketing. She has a degree in Sociology from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is a postgraduate in Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism from the University of Arts London. She has proven success creating and accelerating brand growth and developing businesses in creative industries. She has managed creative industries correspondence for the government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and has contributed arts and lifestyle content in the Saturday and Sunday Express magazines, The Ecologist, ONIN London, and Ethics Girls. Jules is passionate about creativity and the arts and is dedicated to making meaningful changes to the creative and cultural community in the UK.

Roger Kitchen (Editor/Oral History Trainer)

Roger Kitchen began recording people’s memories in 1974, using the collected reminiscences as the source for local books. He co-founded Living Archive Milton Keynes (www.livingarchive.org.uk) and was its General Manager from 1992 to 2002 and is currently its Chairman. Living Archive’s basic premise is that everybody has a story to tell. Such stories and other primary source materials have inspired multifarious high-quality artistic, creative, and educational activities including large-scale musical documentary plays, books, exhibitions, and websites.

He is an accredited Oral History Society trainer and has taught many tailored introductory courses, as well courses in recording video oral histories and digital sound editing.

Over the last few years, he has been producing video documentaries, as well as helping others do the same. He was Editor of Abundant Art’s 'A meeting of Cultures'.

Volunteer Writers: Heard of a show that you’d like to go to? Or know that there is an exhibition opening coming up soon that you'd really want to attend? With Abundant Art's Volunteer Writing Programme, for student and graduate art-lovers alike, we can get you to visit the best of what London has to offer. Simply join our team by applying via admin@abundantart.net and telling us what you love about the arts. Our volunteering programme will give you the chance to enhance your review writing skills and gain publicity for your pieces via our website and social media. This is a great opportunity for people who want to build their portfolio as a journalist or within the sector of the arts. What are you waiting for? London’s shows and exhibitions can’t wait to welcome you in!

Céline Galletti (Volunteer Writer)

Céline Galletti is a volunteer writer for Abundant Art, and contributes to writing reviews of art events in London. Originally from France and Italy, she follows her passion for writing and art by studying Comparative Literature at UCL, London. She has experience working as a volunteer for regional French radios and journals such as Clind’oeuil.fm, L’Aiglon, and Nice Matin, for which she has produced different interviews and articles.

Her interest in foreign art has led her to participate in a two-year project of workshops and artistic projects with young North-African migrants learning French, as well as a two-month cultural exchange in Melbourne, Australia.

As an international student living in London, she is determined to fully experience and understand the city’s vibrant arts scene, and be a part of its creative storm.

Alix Berthelot–Moritz (Volunteer Writer)

Alix is a volunteer writer for Abundant Art. Originally from Normandy, France, she follows her passion for journalism and art by studying at the European Political and Social Sciences of UCL, London. As an international student living in London, she is determined to fully experience and discover the entirety of the city’s vibrant arts scene, and share the beauty of it through her writing.

She has developed her interest for art through her different experiences in drama groups during which she has been performing plays of Shakespeare and Wajdi Mouawad as well as enjoying the creativity of improvisation. During the lockdown period, she has been transforming a rehearsed play into a podcast. She has also taken part in a militant choir and she is interested in the link between Art and Politics. She is delighted to discover the diversity of London’s art scene.

Lian Lackhope (Volunteer Writer)

Lian is a MA Global Media and Communications student at SOAS and a volunteer writer for Abundant Art. Lian has written for a number of different publications, mostly about music, culture and film and she is enthusiastic about expressing her passion for creating art and media. Growing up in London, she has been constantly inspired by the bustling city. Shs began writing for publications in her early teenage years, starting out writing about music as well as short poems,

Studying Politics and Media at UEA for her undergraduate degree, she learnt the importance of how these disciplines are interlinked, how they impact and affect each other in ways that greatly affect society. Ultimately, this degree has enabled her to become a more insightful writer.

Ridha Sheikh (Volunteer Writer)

Ridha is a volunteer writer for Abundant Art. She recently graduated with a BA in History and Politics from Queen Mary - University of London. Growing up in and around London, Ridha has always been intrigued by London’s brilliantly diverse art scene.

Studying History and Politics, Ridha has learnt how art and culture plays a vital role in society. Appreciating its beauty and importance, she is keen to experience and contribute to the art scene to her fullest. As a passionate writer who is eager to develop her skills, Ridha is determined to immerse herself in the wonderful world of art.

Amy Melling

Amy is a Curator and Creative Producer whose practice is centred around socially-engaged arts projects. Her current research is focused on curatorial methods for exhibiting artworks outside of the gallery as a means of resisting the commerciality of the art world and instead, meaningfully engaging with communities. In particular, she is interested in the connection between art and nature and the powerful effects on well-being they both have. Previously she has worked with British Art Show 8, NHS England and Folkestone Triennial. Most recently, she co-curated Abundant Art's exhibition 'Together' - the culmination of an important project in collaboration with Westminster Kingsway College exploring young people's perspectives on current socio-political issues.

Amy is a Curator and Creative Producer whose practice is centred around community-led arts projects. Her current research is focused on curatorial methods for exhibiting artworks outside. Amy has a keen interest in the arts and recently completed an MA in Curating and Collections at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL.

Mia Goodman

Mia is currently finishing up her Art Direction degree at the University of the Arts London. Coming from an Italian-American background and living in both countries allowed her to explore her interests in traveling, cooking and the arts. Her passion for sustainability has led her to explore the intersectionality between the environment and creative industries.

Her current project is an artisanal dairy-free cheese and biodynamic wine pairing platform called Legless. Legless concentrates on educating the consumer on the environment and where our food comes from. Mia is passionate about low intervention agriculture and how our food choices impact nature. Living in East London she's excited to experience the local food, art and music scene.

Rachele Nizi

After completing her MA in Reception of the Classical World at UCL, Rachele joined Abundant Art as creative writer. Her British and Italian origins have inspired her to want to study Art History and European Literatures, with an interest in the afterlife of antiquity in Western tradition.

The study of Art history has not only helped her to gain a deeper appreciation for some of the most celebrated works of art in history but, perhaps most importantly, to understand their implications in the present day in relation to museum practices.

She has experience volunteering and working in different museums across London, including UCL Art Museum and The Jewish Museum London, where she currently works as Museum Assistant. She is committed to pursue a career as an Art Curator, and she has recently been accepted to study at the Warburg Institute.

"For me art is the philosophical representation of the sentiments, ideas, resources and driving forces that have unravelled and manifested throughout history, and therefore the concept of art and its definition change with it. To deeply appreciate it, it is not necessary to look at art with attraction but to recognize its aesthetic value."

Jiajing’s

Jiajing is a MA Documentary-Fiction student at UCL and a volunteer writer for Abundant Art. Jiajing has written several articles on the WeChat platform and Zhihu website, mostly about film and literature, which gained more than 30000 likes. She has published a romantic novel based on ancient China. She has previously worked as a director of Mango TV, and a journalist of Phoenix New Media. Currently she is writing a screenplay for her own film project.

Oliver Lucia

Oliver Lucia is a marketing and PR intern for Abundant Art. As a student of French at Queen Mary University of London, he is interested in French visual culture as well as the links between language and art. In his spare time, he volunteers at a gallery in Bow and enjoys being able to experience artworks with such proximity.

Part of his passion for works of art is visual analysis, which he likes doing in both French and English. This consists of writing about how we can approach works that he feels are significant. Among the art movements he cares strongly about are Neo-Impressionism or Vorticism.

He hopes to make the most of his time in the city by seeing it through as many different perspectives as possible (i.e., through its architecture, music, nature etc.).

Santander Scholarships with Goldsmiths University Internship placement programme
As one of Goldsmiths University’s official partners, Abundant Art has been awarded with the Santander Universities’ Scholarship which enables the organisation to offer a paid internship to one student or graduate over the duration of one month. The main responsibilities of the Marketing and Publicity Internship include reviewing arts events, planning and preparing marketing campaigns and successfully identifying and pushing the company’s goals. With a range of different tasks, the intern supports Abundant Art with a total of 91 hours a month and represents the organisation at various shows and arts events across the UK. This helps both the intern and Abundant Art with the acquisition of new ideas and skills. Further, it gives companies like ours a platform to promote the work we love. A big thanks to our collaboration partners, Goldsmiths University and Santander Scholarships, who made this possible.

Giulia Ciccolella ( Marketing and Publicity Intern)

Giulia interned with Abundant Art in the month of October 2021 and supported the organisation writing reviews and helping with marketing and PR.

She graduated her BA in Media & Communications with a first-class honour from Goldsmiths, University of London and has been living in the UK for over three years. As a fresh graduate, the German-Italian is thankful for the opportunity to learn more about arts organisations in the UK and feels honoured to have been awarded with the Santander Universities’ scholarship by Goldsmiths University in collaboration with Abundant Art. Giulia's experience of running her own magazine made her well equipped to assist Abundant Art with journalistic tasks as well as marketing and PR strategies to maximise the organisations’ following and growth. What she loves the most about her internship is the fact that she could be part of Abundant Art's commitment and mission of promoting and facilitating various creative projects within the arts.

Cian Kinsella

Cian Kinsella is a Classics teacher and part-time pub quizmaster living in London who is primarily interested in music but is also interested in theatre, literature, and visual arts.

He is particularly intrigued by the relationship between art, criticism, and the capital forces always at play. Who decides what we like? How do they construct widely held beliefs about what is good? These are two of the questions Cian looks to address.

Our Collaborators

Piali Ray OBE (Mentor-Uday Shankar and Anna Pavlova Heritage Project 2018-2020)

Piali Ray is Director of 'SAMPAD', a leading national agency for the development of South Asian arts, based in Birmingham. Originating from Bengal, India she has been a performer, teacher, and choreographer in the UK since 1982, excelling in these fields and touring extensively in India, the UK, and internationally.

Piali has had many notable achievements. She was awarded an OBE in 2002, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Central England in 2006, Outstanding Business Person of the Year by Birmingham Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

In 2018 Piali became a part of Abundant Art’s Heritage Project on the dance partnership of Uday Shankar and Anna Pavlova as a mentor. She has played a key role through the delivery of the project over two years to its completion in the final product, the film ‘A Meeting of Cultures’. Piali brought in her valuable experience of working in the multicultural scene in the UK guiding the project through its various milestones and events.

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