Independent Thoughts – Leaflet

Series nameEducation

This twelve-sided, full colour leaflet provides details on ‘Independent Thoughts’, a collaborative project between galleries in the North and Midlands of England. In August 1997, this consortium commissioned a group of contemporary artists to respond to the theme of “Independence”. The year 1997 marked the 50th anniversary of Indian Independence and the creation of Pakistan as a nation state. The artist’s visual responses – which included paintings, sculptures, video installations, photography, digital and live art – were showcased at a series of interrelated exhibitions between Summer 1997 and Spring 1998. Juginder Lamba’s installation, ‘Raising The Flag’ was a work created specifically for the ‘Independent Thoughts’ project. The work of artists Sunil Janah and Surjit Simplay was displayed alongside Lamba’s installation, at the Custard Factory in Birmingham. Other contributing artists and venues included: Surjit Simplay at the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton, Mohini Chandra at Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool,Rasheed Araee and Freda Rana at Middlesbrough Art Gallery,Nudrat Afza and Tim Brenna at Gallery II, Visual Arts Campus at the University of Bradford,Balraj Khanna, Iftikhar Dadi and Nalini Malani at Oldham Art Gallery, Pervaiz Khan and Felix De Rooy at Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, and Permindar Kaur at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery. The leaflet states that, ‘Independent Thoughts’ provided artists with the “opportunity for a wider exploration of overlapping concerns about nationhood, cultural identity and the legacies of colonialism against a backdrop of increasing homogenisation, hybridity, and cultural interpolation and mobility…”.

Date of Creation / Publication1997
CreatorThe Drum
Associated Person/ Organisation Lamba, Juginder
Collection and Reference NumberJuginder Lamba Collection (GB 2661 JL)
Catalogue NumberJL/EDU/1
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals belong to Juginder Lamba
Series notesSince 1975, Juginder Lamba has been committed to developing educational opportunities for all segments of the community through his art. Whether at local community or national level, sculpting projects involving schoolchildren or adults provide an informal educational opportunity. The community interaction also informs Lamba.
Collection notesJuginder Lamba was born in Nairobi in January 1948.