Driven by a spirit of curiosity
we deliver cross-disciplinary projects
that weave the traditional with the contemporary
and celebrate arts and ideas from across Asia


Announcing Major New Partnership with Artes Mundi

2023 - 2025

Bagri Foundation  is delighted to be announced as Presenting Partner for Artes Mundi 10 (2023) and Artes Mundi 11 (2025). Artes Mundi and the Bagri Foundation share a commitment to support international contemporary visual arts practice and elevate dialogue surrounding the connections between local and global issues. This new partnership will enable the delivery of an ambitious programme centred on the biennial exhibition and associated prize, plus a public programme of talks, workshops, commissions and other activities for Artes Mundi 10 and Artes Mundi 11. 

Read the full press release hereRead more about the project here.

Japan Season 2021

22 October - 10 December 2021

We are pleased to support TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities’s programme, Japan Season 2021, celebrating the rich histories, literatures and languages of Japan with a range of online and in-person events. 

Bringing together artists and performers based both in the UK and in Japan, the events series will engage the wider public through public events, grounded in collaboration. Read more about Japan Season 2021 here.


Slavs and Tatars: Samovar

Hayward Gallery: 13 August - 5 December 2021​

The Bagri Foundation is thrilled to support the first outdoor commission of our three-year partnership with the Hayward Gallery, London: Samovar by the collective Slavs and Tatars. 

For their Bagri Foundation commission, Slavs and Tatars present a largescale sculpture that reflects on the multicultural and colonial histories of tea. Taking the form of an oversized inflatable water boiler, teapot and serving tray lodged into the side of the Hayward Gallery, Samovar is titled after the eponymous tea brewer commonly found across Central Asia.  

Find out more here.

Yoko Ono: Mend Piece

Whitechapel Gallery: 25 August 2021 -
2 January 2022

The Bagri Foundation has proudly supported the installation of the iconic Mend Piece by Yoko Ono displayed at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Upon entering the performative installation, Mend Piece, participants are met with a set of simple instructions: ‘Mend carefully. Think of mending the world at the same time.’ Following the artist’s direction, visitors are welcomed to sit at two long tables where broken fragments of ceramic cups and saucers are presented for repair with scissors, glue, twine and sticky tape. When finished, the ‘mended’ objects are displayed on adjacent shelves.

Find out more here. 

Image credits: Chris Loades

Shahzia Sikander: Unbound

16 October 2021 - 18 February 2022

The Bagri Foundation is pleased to announce its support for Shahzia Sikander’s new exhibition at the Jesus College Cambridge, West Court gallery.

Can decolonisation entail forms of intimacy? In the search for an answer to this question, the new exhibition Shahzia Sikander: Unbound focuses on the earlier and more recent works of Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander (b. 1969).

By experimenting with classical Persian and Indian painting, Sikander has unbound “miniature” forms from premodern illustrated manuscripts to large-scale drawings, animation, glass mosaic, and most recently, sculpture.

Find out more here.