Gallery Oldham has launched an immersive exhibition by dynamic artist Jai Chuhan.

Refuge is an exhibition of new painting by internationally acclaimed artist Jai Chuhan. Her paintings often involve an isolated figure in a room-like space, which creates an arena for exploring themes such as love, conflict, birth and death.

The images suggest psychological tensions within interactions of male and female, home and ‘‘unhome’’. She describes her aesthetic influences as “transcultural”, inspired by her position as an Indian-born British artist.

Jai Chuhan’s paintings have been exhibited internationally including in Italy, Sweden, Belgium, China, Singapore and in the UK including at Tate Liverpool, Barbican and Watermans Arts Centre in London.

Her paintings are in collections including Arts Council Collection; University of Liverpool Art Collection; Cartwright Hall, Bradford; Grosvenor Museum, Chester; Usher Gallery, Lincoln; Tate Archive.

To celebrate the Refuge Exhibition you’re invited to attend a special free event on Saturday 13 October, 2 – 4pm at Gallery Oldham.

Jai Chauhan will be in conversation with art historian Dr Rina Arya, Gallery Oldham curator Rebecca Hill and Alnoor Mitha, director of ATM18 – Europe’s only triennial dedicated to contemporary visual art on the theme of Asia. Jai will also perform a recital of poetry, including her own.

Sheena MacFarlane, Head of Heritage, Libraries and Arts said:

“It’s a brilliant opportunity for visitors and residents to explore the work of such an immersive Indian born British artist.Jai’s paintings will appeal to not just a local audience, but to all art-lovers alike.

“We hope people take the opportunity to attend the free event and even explore her artwork in more depth at Manchester’s HOME.”

The exhibition will run until 24 November at Gallery Oldham.

From 15 – 21 October Jai Chuhan will spend a week creating paintings at Manchester’s ‘HOME’ in their main gallery in an open studio.

Throughout the day visitors can get involved and create their own images, experimenting with paint, colour, imagery and styles of visualisation.

She will also create an evolving sculptural installation that changes every day within the environment of the gallery, exploring relations between the human body and machine forms.

To find out more about the exhibition or the event, just visit: or call 0161 770 4653


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