Lakeside Arts
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Lakeside Arts
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Conversations Before the End of Time

Saad Qureshi

Saturday 20 January - Sunday 14 April, Various times
Djanogly Gallery

Exhibitions

Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm 
Sunday, 12noon-4pm
Free admission

Described as "one of our most pensive and poetic artists" Saad Qureshi in his solo exhibition at Lakeside Arts explores ideas of paradise, religion and mythology. 

In creating Something About Paradise, Qureshi travelled around the country talking to people of faith and no faith about what paradise meant to them. The resulting monumental sculptures are ‘mindscapes’ combining elements of landscape and architecture, both urban and rural, as well as pure fantasy. These sculptures portray a paradise of the afterlife with sprawling palaces, and the paradise of the here and now, with quaint communities and treehouses. 

Alongside, large paper tapestries (Tanabanas) are grounded in a long family tradition of craft and needlework. They weave intricate motifs from textiles, architecture, and mythology. These Tanabanas have been made specifically for his Nottingham exhibition. 

Shown for the first time is a series of watercolours: Hell Is Empty. Startling and humorous, these jewel-like drawings imagine the devil as evoked in Islamic theology: a creature of fire, mischief and destruction. 

Families can pick up an Arts Investigator pack from the Gallery Desk to learn more about the exhibition. 
 

Top image, Something About Paradise I 2019 © the artist, photo by Jonty Wilde. Images: From the series Hell is Empty 2022 © the artist; Something About Paradise II 2019 © the artist; Tanabana © the artist; photos by Nick Dunmur. 

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