We are excited to invite you to this years annual art showcase titled, “UBU (You be yourself)”
The Art show is the culmination of a year-long exploration and collaboration with different art forms and artists. Our objective for this year’s show is community engagement, and so we created spaces for our students to engage with the community-at-large in order to raise awareness about our school and special needs, as well as allow the GSoM family to share our learning with others.
This year, the Art Show brings together a myriad of works created by our students after working with exceptional artists and designers to demonstrate their talents and expressions. The children, staff and parents were introduced to the traditional art form of weaving on handlooms, an effort steered by Ms Kinnari Panikar. This experience led to the inspiration and inception of our theme for the show: UBU (You Be Yourself) through an exploration of fashion. Our collaboration with multiple designers empowered our students to extend their notion of fashion to go beyond clothing to include aspects of their unique selves and personalities.
In alignment with our theme, we pumped things up with an in-house UBU Style it Up competition where our aspiring Middle School fashion designers took to the ramp to display their own style. Students researched and styled models who ranged from parents, siblings, teachers and even our own founding board member, Mr Dharmil Bodani. And what did this all lead up to? Lots of excitement and display of talent AND the eight finalists will now be styling professional models, using a range of clothing by fashion designers, to make their UBU fashion style come alive at the Art Show - an effort that will be aided by Alison Woodham along with Mehr Rampal, who will be curating the show.
Our lower school students will also be sharing the spotlight by presenting their unique art pieces based on their interpretation of the UBU theme through mixed media artworks. These pieces are a culmination of what they learnt in class about illustrations and developing characters.
The UBU collaborative works on display also include outfits created by fashion designers Monisha Jaising, Vikram Phadnis, Seema Khan, Surily DP Goel, and Sandeep Gonsalves and Sarah Sheikh Gonsalves from SS Homme using illustrations and fabrics woven by our students through the year; an oil on canvas piece done by our students with visual artist Michelle Poonawala; children's products designed and curated by textile and product designer Supriya Himatsingka using student illustrated designs; and furniture and home accessories, hand painted by our students, designed and curated by designers Renu Chainani Garware, Tania Deol and Haseena Jethmalani & Priya Aswani (PH).
Additionally, just like last year, the proceeds from the sale of the artworks will go towards Gateway’s Excellence in Teaching Award - a scholarship fund for teachers pursuing a master’s degree in education at the best universities in the world.