Funded by Arts Council England 2020-2021
'Creative Container' was funded by ACE in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The project was completely virtual, with creative well-being workshops offered to categorised age groups. I was able to provide platforms for ethnically diverse communities in particular, with safe spaces that aimed to allow groups of strangers to connect, learn, share and grow together. All of the workshops were free to attend.
A school in need of a safe space for ethnically diverse pupils
Funded by Arts Council England 2019
'Himmat' means courage in the Gurmukhi/Panjabi language.
Kindly funded by Arts Council England, Himmat the play told the story of 1969 Wolverhampton - a time of discrimination and right-wing political movements through the likes of Enoch Powell.
It was when Tarsem Singh Sandhu, a bus driver in Wolverhampton stood up to these challenges, leading to victory for the Sikh Community and ethnic minorities for years to come...
We are delighted to share with you that Himmat successfully ran as a pre-event to Wolverhampton's 2020 Literature Festival. The performances were held at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery at the end of September.
You can watch a recorded performance of Himmat here or view our highlights by clicking on the photo's above (courtesy of David Ashcroft, 2019).
This was a collaborated project. The script and production was led by Jefny Ashcroft, and editing of script and direction was led by myself. I also appeared as 'Rani' in the show.
The Route Upon Arrival
Commissioned by The Wolverhampton ArtsFest, 2018
The Route Upon Arrival was an immersive exhibition held in Wolverhampton Town Centre as part of the 2018 ArtsFest. It was created to showcase the untold stories of Panjabi migrants during the post-war era. With aspirations to 'create a better life' for themselves and their families, hundreds of young Panjabi men established their new lives in the Black Country, finding ways to integrate and adapt to society. Many of the stories were collected verbatim-style to truly capture the emotions and stories uniquely and truthfully. The stories were then exhibited through the use of theatrical elements, to honour the sacrifices and struggles in a memorable way.
The exhibition was warmly welcomed by three generations of the Panjabi community in Wolverhampton and received praise from the local community for it's 'honesty and inclusion'.
© Jaskirat Kaur