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Artistic Programme

Transforming Narratives has supported an extensive artistic programme that links Birmingham with cities in Bangladesh and Pakistan, with an emphasis on mutual exchange, collaboration and capacity building. Through a series of Open Calls and commissions, over 50 projects have been facilitated. 

Year 4 Commissions

In 2021-2022, a series of 14 new artworks were commissioned from artists based in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh, to complete the Transforming Narratives artistic programme. Read more.


Transforming Narratives Mela and Symposium, 19-21 March 2022

An online festival with new work, critical discussion and reflections, the Transforming Narratives way. Read More.


Digital Collaborations Programme

Developed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a programme using digital technology to link artists, creative organisations and communities in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Birmingham. Read More


Exchanges and Collaborations Programme

Supporting artists and organisations to showcase contemporary artistic work and build long-lasting cross-country relationships. Read More


Critical Dialogue

A series of critical conversations focused on some of the dominant narratives that have structured and shaped the contemporary artistic and creative endeavours of Pakistani and Bangladeshi artists. Read more.


Research and Development Programme

A series of R&D visits between arts practitioners in Birmingham, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Read More


Year 1 Collaborative Projects

Four projects linking Birmingham with artists in Pakistan and Bangladesh that marked the start of the Transforming Narratives programme. Read More.


Images: 'Stay Home' from A Walk With Imaginary Friends by Dr Shayekh Mohammed Arif; Sigh of the Musaafir by Kalaboration Arts; A Woman's Journey by Maryam Wahi; Bangladesh to Birmingham by Soul City Arts