The Royal Asiatic Society presents:
Celia Washington – The Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre
Celia Washington is a practicing artist based between London and Kathmandu. After a nomadic childhood, she studied painting at the Byam Shaw Art School in London 1977 – 81. Since then she has lived in Florence, Edinburgh, Paris, Tokyo, Madrid London and Kathmandu – painting, printing and searching. In 2006 she became Artist in Residence at Kathmandu University. In 2007 she set up the British Charity Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre.
“In 2006 I spent seven months as artist in residence at Kathmandu University. I was impressed by the creativity and determination of a newer, younger generation of artists despite their dificulties and felt their voice deserved to be heard by the outside world. I wanted to help and began collecting books to expand the University Art Library.
UK friends generously donated over 800 books which, with the support of the British Council, arrived in Nepal in October 2006. Over the next few months in discussion with Napali artists the proposal for the KCAC began to evolve. Then I met Sangeeta Thapa, of the Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu and we discovered that we shared the same vision. I am excited to be involved with her on such an extraordinary and ground-breaking project.”
Introduction by Dr Alison Otha (Drector, RAS):