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.
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.
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.
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’.
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 also has high achievements in both academic and artistic disciplines having attained first-class BEd, BA & MA History degrees.
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, and The British Indian Award for raising arts and cultural awareness in 2015. She was also commended highly at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and featured among the 100 most influential in the UK India relationship in 2019.
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.
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'.
Julia Nelson is the Marketing and Operations Executive at bundant 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.