Five: 50

The Art Pavilion Mile End Park Clinton Road London E3 4QY
Bangladesh at 50, Free to attend, Galleries and exhibitions
Thursday 9th (11:00) - Thursday 16th December 2021 (18:00)
Dhamail by Mukta Chakaravarty

Dhamail by Mukta Chakaravarty


Nine months of events and activities to mark Bangladesh@50 will culminate in an exhibition Five:50 at The Art Pavilion in Mile End.  50 years after the liberation of Bangladesh, five women artists have been invited to share their work on the theme of freedom and independence.   This mixed media exhibition includes paintings, textiles and illustrations, and presents a diverse range of creative responses to the theme. It runs from 9 to 16 December with a free, community arts workshop on 12 December.


The participating artists are Rahima Begum, Mukta Chakravarty, Karimah Hassan, Husna Parvin and Rukia. Begum uses mixed media and tapestry to highlight themes from her humanitarian work as well as her Bangladeshi heritage. Chakravarty uses acrylics and watercolours with bold colours to depict narratives, symbols and states of mind. Hassan’s ink drawings are heavily inspired by the automatic drawings of the surrealists and also Japanese ink painting. Parvin’s paintings are centred around themes and events of 1971 and Rukia uses textiles to reflect on both the concept and reality of independence.


About the artists

Rahima Begum

Rahima Begum is a London based artist, consultant and activist. She is the co-founder and director of international human rights organisation, UK charity and grassroots movement Restless Beings. Folk culture, women and nature are often strong presences in her work, and her main focus is illustration. In a world of increasing tech, Rahima is keen to preserve hand drawn methods and ink on paper. Much of her commissioned work has a timeless earthiness to it.

Mukta Chakravarty

Mukta Chakravarty is a British Bangladeshi visual artist with an immense passion for cultivating creative ideas and adding value to the British creative industry focusing on cultural, socio-political and environmental issues. She is a freelance artist with a fine arts degree from Shanto-Mariam University Bangladesh.

Karimah Hassan

Karimah is a multidisciplinary artist from London with roots in Wales, Yemen and Bangladesh. Her work revolves around community-driven storytelling, locations and cultural diversity. With an MA in Architecture from the Royal College of Art and from the Mural Career Development programme (Toronto), Hassan’s practice involves hosting interdisciplinary ‘community show-case teasers’ under the disguise of an exhibition.

Husna Parvin

Husna Parvin was brought up in Bangladesh where she taught herself to draw and paint from an early age but had no formal art education until moving to the UK as an adult. She currently teaches art, exhibits her work in exhibitions, and celebrates art as a medium and an activity which builds bridges between communities, and allows a sharing of culture, history and ideas.


Rukia Ullah is a British Bangladeshi artist, graduating from the London College of Communications (UAL). Her specialty is print and pattern design along with fashion design - her explorations through design now include understanding her cultural roots in Bangladesh and she aspires to engage further with this by drawing her inspiration from Bengal's rich cultural heritage.