Hothi & Othi and Ashurst celebrate emerging artists

Hothi & Othi and Ashurst celebrate emerging artists

Painting by Kiranjeet Kaur

Hothi & Othi, a social enterprise supporting emerging artists, are currently showcasing the work of some very talented artists at the offices of international law firm Ashurst in London. Ashurst are a great supporter of the arts with their own Ashurst Emerging Artists Programme that provides exposure and mentoring to artists at the early stages of their career.

The platform also raises awareness of the refugee crisis taking place in the Middle East and across Europe, a cause founders Manraj Othi and Indy Hothi are very passionate about having been out to deliver aid to many camps across Europe and the Middle East themselves.

The exhibition of work by British artist Hannah Rose Thomas, “The Divine Image”, collects portrait works undertaken during Hannah’s time in refugee camps in Jordan, where she partnered with UNHCR and Relief International to organise art projects for children in the camps. Her most recent portraits are of refugees she has met while volunteering in the Calais ‘Jungle.’

Hannah’s intimate portraits seek to humanise the individuals forced to flee their homes, whose personal stories are otherwise shrouded by statistics. She draws inspiration from Islamic art and Arabic poetry, to celebrate the rich heritage of the Middle East, so often forgotten and overshadowed by war.

“Hothi & Othi are a grassroots social enterprise which supports emerging artists from all backgrounds to fulfil their artistic dreams.”

Ashurst firm have responded to the refugee crisis by providing support to the refugees in the ‘Jungle’ Calais camp and to unaccompanied minor refugees. Leveraging their skills and international staff to provide a pan-European response to the crisis, 45 lawyers across London, Brussels, Paris and Milan contributed 1,100 hours of pro bono legal time to working on the issue.

Trainees and lawyers have organised collections of urgently required items for the camps as well as lawyers volunteering over the Christmas 2015 holidays in the Calais community kitchen preparing 2,500 meals a day for the refugees.

In partnership with NGO Citizens UK Safe Passage, Ashurst lawyers have assisted unaccompanied child refugees in France and Italy to be reunited with family in the UK through legal casework.

Manraj is a Corporate Social Responsibility Champion and contributor to the vast CSR and Diversity and Inclusiveness programmes running at the Ashurst.

Painting by Hannah Rose Thomas

The artwork of British artist Kiranjeet Kaur is also a part of the exhibition. Her work reflects her love and inspiration drawn from the Indian and Afro-Caribbean cultures. Her art has a dash of freedom and imagination as she blurs the borders between reality and illusion through vivid colours and lively brushstrokes. By embracing the “imperfections” in her artistry, Kiranjeet subsequently creates distinctive and captivating pieces.

When Kiranjeet is not busy working on commissioned pieces, she is inspired to create artwork of public figures, which influence her passion. Kiranjeet enjoys captivating the energy that these famous personas and heroes radiate, which is reflected in her unique style of hand painting and use of rich, bold, vibrant colours. She describes her painting process and use of color as “completely spontaneous” and “unrehearsed”, often leaping straight into her work, resulting in her dynamic art style.

Painting by Kiranjeet Kaur

Hothi & Othi are a grassroots social enterprise which supports emerging artists from all backgrounds to fulfil their artistic dreams. From developing initial artistic ideas to media and press engagement showcasing their artwork in galleries around the world, the organisation offer a range of pro-bono services to support artists in achieving their potential.

Founders Manraj Othi and Indy Hothi have worked with the V&A, undertaken curating training at the Tate, and have held a number of exhibitions in fine art galleries, community spaces and corporate spaces. While supporting their artists, they have featured on the BBC, ITV, and Huffington Post.

They are also committed to supporting their partner charities by donating a proportion of their proceeds to the following great causes that both they and the artists they work with feel passionately about.

  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Child welfare
  • Animal welfare
  • Climate change
  • Young arts engagement
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    Thomas Anderson

    Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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