From May to July I worked on a project supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The Bangladeshi Women’s Memoir Project combines the work of writer Dipali Das a group of local Bangladeshi women and the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust in Manchester Central Library. My role was to work with the group to develop stitched-based responses related to the women’s lives, whilst Dipali has explored oral histories to create written and spoken narratives.
Our project compliments the bigger HLF project which commemorates the death of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah. Kotha and Kantha was showcased at a celebration at Manchester Central Library in July, this is followed by a tour of libraries – see below.
A display including one or two of the printed fabric portraits, the embroideries, and the photographs will be at Longsight Library 17th Feb – 8 March, then a display goes to Accrington Library from 10th March to 5 April. Next it may possibly go to Apna Arts or Didsbury Library and then the fabric portraits will all be on show at Manchester Museum while MMU exhibits the embroideries only (plus information) between May and August.