Autumn Online Programme Announcement

We are delight­ed to announce that our autumn online pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment pro­gramme will be curat­ed by dhaqan collective.


dhaqan collective is a feminist art collective led by Ayan Cilmi and Fozia Ismail, centering the voices of womxn and elders in the community, and privileging co-creation and collaboration. Their practice seeks to find ways of building imaginative futures that support Somali people here and in East Africa to resist the threats over cultural heritage.

dhaqan's latest project, The House of Weaving Songs, is an installation that integrates Somali weaving songs with woven tapestry in a domed steel structure based on an Aqal, a Somali nomadic home. The work will be presented as part of the Playable Cities programme happening across Bristol this July (find out more here). Previous projects include Camel Meat and Tapes, which is currently on show at the Venice Architecture Biennial as part of Watery Stories by Huda Tayob.

The programme by dhaqan collective will include talks and workshops that will look at how social practice arts has emerged from the ruins of a broken society. Further information will be available soon.

Our online professional development programme is part of WEVAA, a three year programme that includes professional development, commissioning, and support and resources. The programme aims to support different career stages and experiences for artists, producers, curators and art workers in the region. It covers a wide range of key skills from fundraising to inclusion; and includes workshops and training opportunities. Find out more here

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