Exhibition: Telling Tales: Story Scrolls from India, Prescot Museum, Prescot, until April 17 2011
From Bengal to the banks of the Mersey, World Museum Liverpool’s recent continental commission has resulted in pieces of art as breathtaking as a trip down the Ganges.
The patua community of West Bengal have made six beautiful scrolls for this vibrant show, heading out across the North-West in a tour which begins alongside equally colourful scrolls created by local schoolchildren in Prescot.
On the 19th century subcontinent, patua picture makers would flit from town to town, spreading news of local heroes and epic battles between good and evil through the scrolls.
These ones tell both ancient and contemporary tales, highlighting important issues such as AIDS, women’s rights, the war in Afghanistan and the impact of tsunamis.
- Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm (2pm-5pm only on Sunday, open Monday by appointment).