The purpose of our Heritage projects has been to record people’s memories in their own words, train volunteers in heritage skills, record community celebrations, provide educational workshops/booklets and work with local museums and communities to increase people’s awareness of the diversity & richness of Asian culture and their important contribution to the British Life.
The project will focus on the saree and the related stories of South Asian women in how and why the saree plays an important part in connecting to their heritage and cultural identity. The Saree will be used as a metaphor to explore personal stories of migration, identity, life events and women’s changing status.
The project will culminate in a documentary style film and an exhibition accompanying workshops at both the Bromley and Croydon Central Libraries in June-November 2019.
Volunteers exploring the posters during the World War 1 (WW1) will examine how the result of the 4 years conflict initiated the transformation and journey of women’s life that they experience today. They will examine every day life of a woman in the early 1900 and after the WW1 to chart the changes in their status and employment opportunities. They will use the poster as a storyboard to look at stereo images of women in the society at the time. They will share their findings with wider audience by creating a poster Art exhibition at Croydon Library in June & July 2017. A seminar at Clocktower will feature a guest speaker from the Brighton University and talks by young people. Some old footages and postcards will also be viewed and discussed by the participants.
Considered to be the oldest market in London, the project records the traders and customers’ memory of their experiences and stories. It also looks at changes and challenges it faces and how the market defines the changing diversity of the Croydon community. Celebrating this important heritage through an exhibition, documentary and workshops in Croydon Library, Brit school and Croydon Whitfit centre in March 2016
Celebrating the colourful festival history of Croydon Mela from 1997-2010 through an exhibition, oral history, film and workshops in Thornton Heath, Norbury & Broad Green Library and Croydon Whitfit centre in May & June 2015
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‘Every picture tells a story – Celebrating 100 years of Bollywood cinema’ provided a perfect opportunity to examine British Asian’s love for Bollywood through film poster exhibition at Bromley Museum & Fairfield halls, workshops in poster art & dance and recording people’s memories of watching cinema, it’s influence & cultural connection through stories, music, dance, fashion and cultural rituals. 2013/14
Creation of a large floor Art using traditional & recycled materials to create a poster inspired from the 1948 Olympics at Sutton Library as part of the Exhibition marking the forth coming 2012 Olympics – 2010.
Exploring lives of Asians who first arrived in London over the last four decades through the changes in food, fashion, cultural practices and identity. The project also won a National Community engagement award presented at the House of Common. 2009.
Young people examining the influence of Bollywood cinema in their idea of culture and tradition. 2008.
Involved research, oral history of matured Gujaratis (Indians, originally from the state of Gujarat) & an educational film accompanied by a booklet.
This was accompanied by “GUJARATI GHAR” (means home) exhibition exploring aspects of home in terms of stories, images, objects, floor art and a multi media show. Artists Created a large Rangoli (Indian floor art) on the concept of ‘Home’ using traditional & non traditional material; creating traditional folk dances around it for the celebration at Croydon Museum –