In 2022 Amal launched the co-created projects strand that lies at the heart of its Amal Connects programme. Working with community groups, artists, and arts and cultural organisations in our hub locations of Birmingham and Bradford, Amal supported projects producing high-quality artwork through a journey of co-creation between Muslim-majority core project participants and mainly Muslim creative practitioners.
Their work was then showcased in the community and at arts venues providing a focus for participatory sessions that enable cross-community encounter. This series of 13 projects has provided opportunities that would not otherwise exist for Muslims to realise their creative potential and to share and celebrate this creativity with others.
The programme built on learning from Amal’s previous experience and on consultation of community groups and artists to ensure that the work we support directly reflects the experience, concerns and priorities of Muslim communities.
Print & Matter,Birmingham
Print & Matter gave Muslims in Birmingham the skills and a platform to explore connections between religious practice and artistic expression.
“The project invites other people to come in and see what they are doing, and understand that this is a really diverse, imaginative group of people who have a voice, and it's a voice that we have not always heard. And it's fresh, and it's new, and it's interesting, and it's vibrant.”
Participant Testimonial - Sight & Sound
“I loved art when I was younger, but I wasn’t allowed to go into it but now I can.”
Audience Member Testimonial - Quranic Illumination
“A lot of these skills that have been used to create this artwork, they’re dying skills and they need to be shared.”
Amal Connects' Donors
Enormous gratitude to our generous donors for their exceptional support.