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Jain Manuscripts and Painting from India at the V&A

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Enjoy the last chance to discover the JAINpedia display of fascinating illustrated manuscripts from India with curator Nick Barnard and explore the sacred pilgrimage site of Shatrunjaya through a huge and spectacular painting recently acquired by the V&A.

The JAINpedia display at the V&A will close on 22 September 2013 to allow these fragile and light-sensitive manuscript pages to be rested. Come and see the new display of early Indian paintings, opening 28 September, which will include nine other fascinating and beautiful Jain manuscript folios. The Shatrunjaya painting will also remain on display.

Rules of conduct for monks (detail), page from an Uttarādhyayanasūtra manuscript, opaque watercolour on paper, Gujarat, India, about 1450. © V&A Images / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Rules of conduct for monks (detail), page from an Uttarādhyayanasūtra manuscript,

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An Eventful ‘Mela’

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The Oshwal Association of the UK organised a large ‘mela’ on Sunday, 24th July with a funfair, trade stalls, vegan food and games galore, it was an eventful day out for all who attended.

An estimated 6000 people attended the event, with many coming in to see us at the colourful JAINpedia stall. Raising awareness of the commendable project was one of our objectives, and achieved substantially, with hundreds signing up for the future JAINpedia e-newsletter.

The Institute of Jainology and Jainpedia team talk to event attendees about the Jainpedia project at the Oshwal ‘Mela’

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Mahavir Jayanti celebrations at the British Library

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

JAINpedia are holding Mahavir Jayanti celebrations at the British Library on 15th April 2011. This free event takes place over the whole day and includes:

  • story-telling sessions by highly acclaimed story-teller Seema Anand
  • hourly tours of the JAINpedia display
  • a drop-in craft workshop for children organised by the British Library
  • a beautiful dance recital in the Bharat Natyam dance form, performed by founders of the Prakruti Dance School. (more…)

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Jain Treasures display extended until 30th June

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

We are fortunate to have agreed an extension to the exhibition of the Jain treasures displayed in the John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library. The free display is now on until the end of June, allowing you more time to look through the collection and more opportunities to have a tour of the display through JAINpedia volunteers. (more…)

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JAINpedia reception and launch of ‘Jain Tales’

Friday, March 18th, 2011

The Institute of Jainology (IoJ) in partnership with the British Library is holding a reception, guided tour and lecture at the British Library on 22nd March 2011. Our expert scholar Prof. Nalini Balbir will give a lecture on the importance and history of the collection of Jain treasures at the British Library. We look forward to seeing members from the Jain community, Jain schools, stakeholders of the JAINpedia project and various others at this event. As the display is only on until the end of June, this is a great opportunity to see the objects on display and learn more about them.

The IoJ recently published the book Jain Tales, with original artwork by Kamini Gupta, and text by Colin Hynson. The book has been designed for young readers, giving them an insight into the Jain religion, ethics and principles through stories that illustrate the Jain teachings. The launch of this book adds to the entry-level book, Discover Jainism, which is part of the English religious education curriculum.

We look forward to seeing more of you at the next event at the British Library on 15th April 2011. This event will be held to celebrate Mahavir Jayanti, a Jain festival celebrating the birth of Mahavira. Look out for more details of this FREE event!

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Diwali events at the V&A

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Happy Diwali, everyone!

We’d just like to remind you that there are special Diwali events this weekend at the V&A in South Kensington, London.

You can:

All the events are free, though they will be popular!

And of course you can marvel at the beautiful exhibits in the free display of Jain manuscripts in the Nehru Gallery.

Enjoy!

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Jain treasures displayed at the British Library

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

On 8 October, the British Library launched JAINpedia in a stunning display in the Treasures Gallery running until the end of April 2011.

Consisting of around 40 striking objects from the library’s Jain collection, the display appears in the rotating Sacred Texts permanent exhibition in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, also known as the Treasures Gallery of the British Library.

Mahāvīra’s incarnation as a god in the Puśpottara heaven
Mahāvīra’s incarnation as a god in the Puśpottara heaven
Kalpa-sūtra © The British Library Board

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Free expert talk at the V&A

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Nick Barnard, Curator of South Asian art in the Asian Department, will give a talk at 1.15pm on Wednesday 3 November. It’s free and you don’t need to book in advance – just turn up!

Nick’s specialist Curator Talk will be held in the Victoria and Albert Museum‘s Hochhauser Auditorium to accompany the launch of JAINpedia – an ambitious project digitising Jain manuscripts in the UK.

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Hear about Jain artefacts on the BBC

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The daily BBC World Service programme called ‘The Strand’ on 22nd June features the exhibition of Jain artefacts at the V&A. The curator of the display, Nick Barnard, talks about the exhibits in chapter 3.

You can listen to Nick at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0084t6r

The exhibition opened last month in the Nehru Gallery and is the first in a series of exhibitions at museums and galleries round the country.

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V&A curator talk on 20 May 2010

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

We are excited to announce that the first Jainpedia exhibition will open on Friday 14th May at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. (more…)

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