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The inaugural meeting of the South Asian Arts Group (SAAG)

The inaugural meeting of the South Asian Arts Group (SAAG)

The inaugural meeting of the South Asian Arts Group (SAAG) was held at the Sainsbury Institute for Art, Norwich, on 13th November 2012 in association with the South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust (SADACC).


The purpose of the meeting was to develop new and strong ties between UK-based professionals working in the fields of South Asian art and art history. The meeting was well attended by over fifty delegates working in the fields of fine art practice, architectural design, art curation, archival and heritage preservation, as well as scholarship and research.

The group's range of interests extended from Indigenous and Tribal arts to Hindu architecture, from colonial photography to digital animation, from issues of national heritage in South Asia to contemporary artistic networks, and much else besides.

The meeting comprised five networking panels, a behind the scenes visit at the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts (to view a group of Indian miniature paintings), and a public talk, delivered by Rosemary Crill of the Victoria and Albert Museum, followed by a reception at the SADACC Trust.
It is anticipated that similar networking and debating events with be held under the auspices of SAAG at different sites around the UK in years to come.

To register your interest in SAAG, please contact Dr Daniel Rycroft at the University of East Anglia ( or Dr Sarah Turner at the University of York (         

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