Iniva is currently delivering six artist led workshops using materials from the Stuart Hall Library collection that aim to celebrate cohesion, build pride in the community and help young people to realise their potential. Excitingly for Iniva this programme is enabling us to develop new community relations and partners by welcoming new groups and individuals to the library.
The workshops kicked off at the end of May with some serious beats and lyrics laid down by members of ETAT (Encouragement Through the Arts and Talking) in a sound and hip hop inspired workshop that will see the launch of a 7” single. The workshop was led by artist and musician Shepherd Manyika. We are looking forward to welcoming this incredible group of elders to the library to celebrate the release of the completed track later in the summer.
Artist and illustrator Aleesha Nandhra led a day of zine making workshops at Caxton Youth Organisation in Abbots Manor. Caxton works with disabled young people who live in the City of Westminster to develop independent living, educational, health and social skills in order to promote inclusion, participation and effective citizenship. Aleesha led a group of young people in mono printing and collage, creating imagery that will form a new zine for the library collection. Aleesha was supported by facilitator Hassan Vawda who used books such as Rock Against Racism and monographs of Chila Burman and Lubaina Himid alongside the Emotional Learning Card set “What do you feel?” to inspire and spark the young people’s imaginations.
We were very pleased to welcome members of Open Age to the library for a special tour and discussion on the collection. Open Age support those over 50 to sustain active mental and physical health through workshops and classes. Given time to explore the new space the elders selected some incredible books to talk about including ‘Extreme Beauty’, ‘Colours of Vanishing Tribes’ and ‘Street Photographs by Shirley Baker’. Their choices gave rise to riveting discussion including fascinating first hand accounts of the Nicaraguan revolution. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Open Age to develop more workshops in the near future.
We are proud to be supported by #MyWestminster and The Art Society to make these workshops possible.
Artists Aleesha Nandhra and Hassan Vawda will be representing Iniva with a zine making and mono-printing workshop at #MyWestminster Day on Sunday June 30th from 11 – 3pm. The event is part of an exciting day of free events at Paddinton Recreation Ground – come along and join us on the day. Find out more here.
A presentation of the ETAT track release and Caxton Youth Group Zine will be held at the Stuart Hall Library over the summer. Additional workshops in this series are to follow in September. Follow us on Social Media for updates.
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