APNE FILM CLUB
2019 - 2020
Revival of the Asian Cinema Clubs that were a significant space throughout the UK in the 60's and 70's, particularly before VHS. They were truly community spaces, where local families and working people of the diaspora could convene over Indian cinema. A space where ownership of their displacement took place and a strengthening space of collective and individual senses of community. In September, the revival started with a packed house, tears for the iconic and my most cherished film ‘Pyaasa’ but also for the power of the space and what it meant to all! - ...help the revival continue... Deeply appreciative to all who attended, and the aunties who made the food. Commissioned by Barbican Centre
First ever Eid event in Tate's history - delivered by co-curating a programme with two local mosques, Al-Nagashi Centre and VICEC. There was prayer, performace, food, art history tours, archive exploring, theological discusssions and transforming parts of Tate Britain in a way it has not been. Supported by Tate, Something & Son, Al Nagashi Centre and Victoria Islamic Centre and Education Centre.
WRITING OUR VOICES
LIBRARY ART SCHOOL
A series of workshops for young Muslims to think about experiences, expression and ways of constructing poetry. The space was for poets who have never written a poem to those who have written many. Exploring wide perspectives of expression, culminated in a zine launched at Amnesty International alongside a report on Islamaphobia and young Muslims, written for young Muslims to read, use and open conversation around. Contributers include Sanah Ahsan, .ES, Al Gharibah, Amoblu, Tasleem Rabani, Warda Rose and illustrated by Derkan Dogan
2014 - 2016
Free Art school ran from libraries in Waltham Forest. Classes led by professional and non-professional artists, musicians, filmakers and community workers from the local area and beyond. Curriculum shaped by the attendees. Open to All.