Don’t miss out on these four fantastic additions to our Small Grants list:
MG Ceramics has partnered with Amal and Khayaal Theatre Company to create an Islamic fountain as a permanent feature within the Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton, Bedfordshire. The fountain will be built with handmade ceramic tiles and will encourage community cohesion by involving members of the town’s diverse population to engage in art-making through creative activities, Islamic heritage presentations and storytelling.
MG Ceramics was established by artist Moriam Grillo in 2009 to explore ancient ceramic traditions whilst celebrating contemporary themes. Grillo is an award-winning international artist who has recently been commissioned by The Luton Council of Faiths to create a series of murals within the local community to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the annual Peace Walk.
HEC Global Learning and Tiny Owl
Tiny Owl and HEC Global Learning Centre have teamed up to bring stories from Persia to young audiences in the UK. Tiny Owl’s Tales by Rumi series introduces the work of the great thirteenth century poet, philosopher and Sufi mystic, Rumi. Rumi’s stories carry emotional truths that still resonate with audiences today. The Parrot and the Merchant is about freedom and playing an active part in your fate and The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock explores ideas surrounding identity and power. With the support of Amal, these stories will come to life in a series of high-profile literary events including The Hay Festival in June 2017 and Edinburgh International Book Festival in August 2017.
Since 2015, Tiny Owl has published 16 books that celebrate the rich literary heritage of Persian culture and its collaboration with contemporary artists from Iran showcases the diverse illustrative styles coming from the region.
HEC Global Learning Centre works with schools and communities to equip children and young people with skills, knowledge and attitudes to help nurture a just and sustainable world, bolstering their lives with critical and creative thought and inspiration from around the world.
This year, Fabrica Gallery in Brighton will be working with British Sudanese artist Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings in support of her project River Runs Through, which will creatively explore the relationships individuals develop with their surrounding environments and the reasons why living in proximity to rivers can influence one’s identity. Through a series of creative workshops supported by Amal, local communities in Brighton will be invited to share their experiences and describe how rivers have affected them. The narratives of transition, loss and memory will be explored and fed into a creative process to inspire and shape a final art piece.
Fabrica is a visual arts organisation based in a former Regency church in the heart of Brighton, which commissions contemporary visual art installations specific to the building. It encourages an open dialogue between artists and visitors within the gallery space and produces an integrated programme of education and audience development activity that strives to remove barriers to access, engagement and understanding.
Horse and Bamboo Theatre and Apna
Amal is supporting the Apna centre in Haslingden in the creation of a contemporary art installation in collaboration with Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company. The project will be led by artist Maryam Golubeva, using her unique large-scale paper cutting work, which will occupy an entire gallery space in order to effectively reflect on the history and experience of the Silk Road. The piece will include items which incorporate traditional patterns and elements that travellers of the Silk Road may have encountered on their journeys. The work will be presented through the use of gilded laser-cut Tyvek (indestructible paper), silk lit with LED lighting systems, and a specially created audio track intended to create an atmospheric and meditative space in order to transport the viewer back through time. The exhibition will be held in the Manchester Road Methodist Church in Haslingden and will take place as part of the Rossendale Literature Festival, organised by Apna.
Apna offers a safe space for the local community to gather, conduct workshops and courses, and organise exhibitions and events, with an emphasis on empowering South Asian women in particular. Apna runs classes in Arabic, Islamic art, health awareness, well-being, meditation, English and yoga.