Birmingham based artist, Mohammed Ali (Soul City Arts) visits Dhaka and Sylhet where he used the painting of a mural to draw people in and find connections. His visit was the bases for his Bangladesh to Birmingham showcase as part of Transforming Narratives’ launch weekend in March 2019.
Sonia Sabri and Musical Director and Co-founder of Sonia Sabri Company Sarvar Sabri conducted a 14-day visit to Bangladesh, forging links to inform R&D and build meaningful, long-term relationships. Sonia Sabri Company produced a performance at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery called Sahasa in February 2020.
Aftab Rahman (Legacy WM) visited Bangladesh to explore the theme of Waterways, a heritage shared by both Birmingham and Bangladesh. In April 2019 his exhibition Waterways hosted in the Lozells, Birmingham would display and auction photographs from this visit and go onto raise money for a water filtration system in Bangladesh.
Kalaboration directors Mukhtar Dar and Bob Ramdhanie visited Pakistan, as part of their collaboration with community arts space Peace Niche/T2F in Karachi. Kolaboration and Mukhtar Dar would go onto produce Sigh of the Musafir for Transforming Narratives opening weekend in March 2019, and be part of our Digital Collaborations Programme contributing to ANGON’s podcasts in January 2021, and producing our Critical Dialogue Conversations from August to December 2021.
Murad Khan of Purbanat CIC visited Bangladesh to exchange views and share ideas that would lead to the production and showcase of meaningful, on-going and quality art works between Birmingham and Bangladesh.
Arieb Azhar of Peace Niche visited Birmingham for R&D phase of 'Sigh of the Musaafir' in order to develop a working relationship with partners and other arts organisations in Birmingham.
Electronic music producer Dr Shayekh Mohammed Arif from Dhaka and vocalist/flutist Ifti Chowdhury from Dhaka/New York, performed at Bangladesh to Birmingham at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, as part of the Transforming Narratives launch weekend in March 2019.
Bengali artist Nafis Ahmed visited Birmingham to collaborate with the new generation of Bangladeshi-Birmingham musicians, learning about their culture and laying foundations for a future live music & multimedia project. He would later collaborate with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as part of Transforming Narratives’ Digital Collaborations Programme during lockdown with his short film Dystopia.
Dipa Mahbuba Yasmin and Akramul Momen from Epiphania Visuals in Dhaka came to Birmingham, looking to collaborate with artists and organisations working on themes of religious fundamentalism, social and political crisis, marginal sexuality and gender discrimination. Their exhibition When Speech is Forced Down, Art Must Speak opened at the Midlands Art Centre in Birmingham on 5 February 2022 and runs until 3 April 2022.
Aniqa Iqbal and Hiba Ali from the Citizen's Archive of Pakistan visited Birmingham in March 2019 with the aim of furthering CAP's legacy of community engagement by helping Transforming Narratives to create greater interest in, and deeper engagement with, contemporary arts by the South Asian community in Birmingham.
Marvi Mazhar and Marium Hanif from Pakistan Chowk Community Centre visited Birmingham in March 2019, to collaborate with Legacy West Midlands and Sampad to exchange methodology and frameworks on community outreach.
Masuma Khwaja from I Am Karachi visited Birmingham with a view to inviting a Birmingham-based artist of Bangladeshi origin to Pakistan for research and participation as part of a public art festival titled “Postcode” in Karachi.
Study Trip: A Delegation from Pakistan and Bangladesh arrive for a curated visit of Birmingham. Delegates were from Faiz Foundation Trust from Lahore; Olomopolo Media, Lahore; National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi; Tehrik-e-Niswan, Karachi and Walled City of Lahore Authority, Lahore; Britto Art Trust, Dhaka; Uronto Art Exchange, Dhaka; Bengal Foundation, Jothashilpa, Dhaka and Shezhad Chowdhury, Artist & Independent Curator, Dhaka.
The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) from Sindh and Punjab and a team from the Pakistan Chowk Community Centre (PCCC) also visit Birmingham.
Lynette Dakin & Ruth Harvey from Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Artist Manjeet Mann, visited Bangladesh as part of the R&D for the Who Run the World audio theatre project.
Ikon visits Lahore
Ikon’s Artistic Director, Jonathan Watkins (pictured) and Head of Learning, Linzi Stauvers undertook a R&D trip to Lahore.
This would lead to Ikon participating at the second edition of the Lahore Biennale in early 2020 with an exhibition entitled, A Rich Tapestry.
Maryam Wahid visits Pakistan where she developed new photography work through conversations and exchanges with women as well as artists and community members.
Maryam would later exhibit these photos in her exhibition A Women’s Journey at the New Art Gallery in Walsall from November 2019-April 2020 and in her solo exhibition Zaibunnisa, which is currently showing at the Midland Art Centre in her home city of Birmingham until 18 April.
Deborah Kermode from the Midlands Art Centre (Mac) and Sooree Pillay from Sampad Arts visit Bangladesh, to establish relationships with artists and organisations, and reciprocal exchange of contemporary cultural practices. As a partner organisation, The Mac would support the Transforming narratives programme throughout.