We are delighted to announce we are extending our support for Gandhara Connections until 2021. Continuing a successful partnership since 2017, the project by Classical Art Research Centre at University of Oxford is set to build upon the network and research on Gandharan Art and its links to the classical world of Greece and Rome, thousands of kilometres to the west.
This year in addition to the annual workshops, lectures, publications and an online hub with resources on Gandharan art, Gandhara Connections will be hosting artist Ali Kazim over the Summer at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Kazim will be the first South Asian artist-in-residence at the Ashmolean and he will be based in the Museum’s Eastern Art department, which includes collections spanning more than 5,000 years of cultural and artistic development in Asia. Founded in 1683 the Ashmolean is not only Britain’s oldest public museum, but possibly the oldest museum in the world as well as the first university museum. The Ashmolean has a distinguished collection of objects from the Indian subcontinent (modern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka), the most comprehensive of its kind in Britain outside London. During Kazim’s time in the Ashmolean, he will have the opportunity to access and reflect on the Gandhara collection. A public event with Ali Kazim will be announced soon.
About Ali Kazim
Born in Pakistan, Kazim received his BFA from the National College of Arts in Lahore (2002) and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in London (2011). In 2018 Kazim was one of three shortlisted for the prestigious BMW Art Journey. His particular interest is the relationship between history and culture, and the invisible workings of nature and time implied by the physical traces of ancient art and artefacts.
About Classical Art Research Centre
The Classical Art Research Centre, Oxford University, leads and supports research on ancient art. At its heart is the Beazley Archive, which includes the world’s largest collection of images of ancient figure-decorated pottery