Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections is an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded follow-on project which expands and builds on the success of the 3-year research project ‘Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad’ (2007-10).
Beyond the Frame extends the public reach and international impact of Making Britain. Drawing on the proven success of the UK exhibition (touring 2010-11), this follow-on project proposes a diverse range of new activities to generate further dissemination of Making Britain’s findings in India and Britain.
Profiling visual and archival sources in international collections, Beyond the Frame highlights some of the numerous ways in which South Asians positioned themselves within British society and culture and explores the significance of their impact on British life. It showcases key historical links and cultural exchanges that took place between India and Britain, whilst also exploring some of the tensions that arose from such encounters.
Beyond the Frame will tour an expanded twelve panel facsimile exhibition to seven cities in India in 2011-12. Managed by the British Council in collaboration with The Open University and the British Library, this exhibition tour will launch at the British Council library in Delhi on 25 November 2011. The display will be hosted simultaneously by the National Archives of India in Delhi. The exhibition will then move to British Council libraries in Kolkata and Ahmedabad. A second phase is planned for February 2012 with scheduled visits at a number of venues in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai.
In addition to follow-on funding from the UK Arts Humanities Research Council, the second phase of the project has been enabled by financial support from The Open University and the British Library, through the museum World Collections Programme. It has also attracted a number of internationally distinguished partners, consultants and advisors; in particular, the British Council, who are coordinating the India exhibition tour. Leader of the project and its Principal Investigator is Professor Susheila Nasta, who holds a Chair in Modern Literature at The Open University and is Fellow of the Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies. She is founder and editor of Wasafiri: The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing, and author of numerous articles and books in the field of postcolonial literature.