London, 13 November, 2006

A leading Delhi-based designer and an acclaimed UK glass maker are joining forces to hold a vibrant night of Indian flavours and colours to celebrate a unique collaboration with the British Council.

Craftswoman Kate Jones of Rosedale’s Gillies Jones Glass and textile designer Jigisha Patel will be presenting a visual-culinary feast – Indian Experience – at Helmsley Arts Centre on 26 November, 2006.

Both artists will share their experiences of travelling through the Indian state of Rajasthan as they researched Indian crafts in preparation for the design of a prestigious award to be presented to the winner of India’s Creative Future 2007.

Pioneered by the British Council – a worldwide authority on education opportunities and cultural relations – and in partnership with the Commonwealth Business Council, the Creative Future mentoring programme is designed to nurture the skills of young Indian creative entrepreneurs whilst promoting the pivotal role the UK plays as a creative hub in the global economy.

Chosen for the innovation and commercial viability behind their ideas, 20 creative entrepreneurs were selected from more than one thousand hopefuls to participate in the Creative Future School at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, where Kate Jones was invited as a keynote speaker in August.

The award will be presented in the form of a specially commissioned glass bowl designed Creative alliance celebrates pioneering project with feast for the senses

… and made by Gillies Jones & Jigisha Patel to the new face of India’s Creative Future at a glittering red carpet gala in Mumbai attended by creative industry leaders on Thursday 8 February, 2007.

Kate Jones said: “It is a huge honour to have the opportunity to work with the British Council and Jigisha on designing the Creative Future award. As a creative entrepreneur myself, I am delighted to be able to become involved in such a unique initiative that

encourages creative thinking with a sound business proposition in mind…”

Background to Designers

Jigisha Patel is a talented young textile designer who specialises in felt-making processes. She works with the craftspeople of Kutch and has recently had her first rug designs purchased by Habitat UK.

Kate Jones is from the Rosedale-based Gillies Jones Glass. The ‘defiantly decorative’ creative partnership of Kate Jones & Stephen Gillies is considered to be one of the UK’s leading hot glass studios, their work is in numerous public and private collections including the V&A.

Tickets for the event, which will take place at 5.30pm at Helmsley Arts Centre at the Old Meeting House are £12. To book please call Gillies Jones on 01751 417550

For further information please call Kate Jones on 01751 417550 or email studio@gilliesjonesglass.co.uk