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GALLERY: Artists assemble over 10 days to create silk scrolls depicting local history

PUBLISHED: 09:05 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:05 20 June 2017

Silk River project

Silk River project

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Gravesend has also been twinned with a town in India to share history

Artists from Southend to Kew have come together for a joint project which aims to celebrate individual identity and connections with India.

The group of 20, plus community organisations, have been working together over the last 10 days, and have painted a collection of six metre scrolls for the initiative, Silk River.

Attendees from Kew, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Woolwich, Barking, Dagenham, Purfleet, Dartford, Gravesend, Tilbury, and Southend, have previously attended deign sessions at art studio, Kinetika, to discover their local history and create designs for the scrolls.

All areas have been partnered with another area in West Bengal.

Gravesend has a long standing connection with India, with significant history of migration stemming from the 1950s when the Indian community settled in this riverside borough.

The scroll for this area contains references to the Sikh Gurdwara Temple. Gravesend is twinned with Murshidabad which is also known for its buildings such as the Hazarduari Palace.

Silk River project will culminate in a walking festival from September 15-24.

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