Transforming Narratives

Transforming Narratives is a three year project which aims to establish Birmingham as a leading international centre for contemporary South Asian arts practice, presenting multi-art forms through an artistic exchange programme, for the mutual benefit of Birmingham and cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Transforming Narratives (Birmingham, Pakistan, Bangladesh) Open Call Research and Development Grants 2018-19 Deadline: 23 November 2018

This initiative is working to deliver a step-change in the cultural relationships between Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh and to focus on the reciprocal exchange of contemporary cultural practices between these countries and the UK. 

These are:

  • Artistic programme
  • Cultural leadership development 
  • Audience development and engagement with a strong focus on diversity 
  • Archiving culturally diverse work produced by minority ethnic artists
  • Critical exchange and dialogue /Reflections on practice and intercultural relations

Our mission:

  • To carry out an exploration of identities, stories and cities through an ambitious artistic exchange programme. Develop a new generation of artists, creative producers and cultural leaders from Pakistan, Bangladesh and within Birmingham’s Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities
  • To provide development opportunities to showcase innovative but lesser known and less established artists practicing in Pakistan, Bangladesh and in Birmingham
  • Reshape our understanding of arts practice, city place-making and creative engagement with diversity
  • To develop an international cultural programme through an audience-led approach, placing community consultation and engagement at the heart of the development process to ensure the programme has meaning and relevance to local communities; encouraging more engagement with the arts within those communities
  • To strengthen and develop sustainable cultural relationships between Birmingham’s Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities and contemporary society in Pakistan and Bangladesh
  • Create new narratives and telling old stories through a contemporary lens,which have resonance in all three places
  • Through international exchange working with Bangladesh and Pakistan, to support more creative dialogue and collaboration between larger and smaller cultural organisations/creative practitioners/artists across different parts of Birmingham leading to a collective, shared cultural offer as an international city
  • Reach diverse audiences using new technologies and digital engagement 

Transforming Narratives is a three year initiative, managed by Culture Central, and being delivered in partnership with The British Council and 12 diverse Birmingham-based cultural partners. It has been made possible through funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme and support from the British Council. 

Our partners:

  • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Birmingham REP
  • Fierce Festival
  • Ikon Gallery
  • Kalaboration
  • Legacy West Midlands
  • Midlands Arts Centre
  • SADAA
  • Sampad
  • Sonia Sabri Company
  • Soul City Arts / Aerosol Arabic

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Our Funders:

  • Arts Council England
  • The British Council