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DR. THALIA KENNEDY is Creative Director of the conservation body Turquoise Mountain. After starting her career in the London art world, Thalia completed her PhD in Islamic art and architectural history in 2006. She soon after joined Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan as founding director for the charity's Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture. Leaving Kabul in 2011, she was a visiting scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, before being appointed deputy director at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. She rejoined Turquoise Mountain in 2015 as country director for the program in Saudi Arabia and became international creative director in 2017. Kennedy’s work focuses on supporting master artisans in developing professional opportunities and preserving their traditional craft heritage.
THE VOICE OF MASTER ARTISANS TODAY: HERITAGE AND PRACTICE
This talk brings together Turquoise Mountain’s work with master artisans around the Islamic world. Turquoise Mountain is a charity established in 2006 by HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. Supporting artisan communities and revitalizing traditional crafts heritage is at the core of the organization’s mission, across our programs in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and beyond. The knowledge and skills of generations are held by today’s custodians - masters, designers and makers who sustain their heritage craftsmanship and reimagine traditional approaches for contemporary contexts. The talk will explore process and practice in making objects for mosques and the reflections of artisans and apprentices on their work