A pilot project which looks to establish a new and accessible mixed art-form company that specifically focuses on engaging and making work with individuals affected by the UK immigration system.
The space will look to invite in and develop work with those negotiating migration systems at all levels; exploring and expanding creative practice through artistic play and experimentation.
Initially meeting on a monthly basis, this pilot project, will see A Moment's Peace in partnership with Küche and Tramway host 12 sessions across 2019, where dedicated workshops will be delivered by a range of organisations and arts practitioners from
Scotland’s arts sector, where food will be shared, where conversations about best practice will be facilitated, and where every third session will culminate with a public scratch event for participants and audiences, including professionals and amateurs, to showcase their work and ideas.
Shared Space Scratch Events: Join Us or Join In
In additional our monthly workshops Shared Space hosts Sunday Afternoon Scratch events. These are curated to raise the creative profile of those with lived experience of the immigration system. Our events are open and relaxed afternoons of multi-lingual and multi-disciplinary artistic work. It is a place for our members to share the work they are creating and also a place for allies and would be allies to share their own performance work. At each event we are joined by professional artists whose work can inspire us, and importantly it is platformed alongside the work of individuals who are still exploring their journey with creative practice. And of course we always share a little food together!
Sadly - due to COVID19 - we are not in a position to host these events at the moment, but the group are still creating work digitally and when we can we'll do our best to get everyone back a theatre space together.
As well as members of the group sharing poems they had created in one of our recent workshops we were joined by the amazing Daf'O'Dills, Aref Ghorbani, Najma Abukar.
Our group members shared short pieces of writing developed during recent workshops, as well as wire portraits they had created with visual artist Paria Goodarzi, who also shared more about her practice with the audience. On top of that we had work from the mighty Hidden Rhythms Creative Collective, and listened to the powerful words of Sawsan Al-Areeqe who read her poetry in Arabic and English.
Our very first event was opened by the dynamic music of Omar Afif, Mohamed lkhanfoufi and Mariana Moreira of Gnawa Trance Fusion. We also heard a poem from Ken Gordon, and playwright Sara Shaarawi read an extract from one of her plays. Shared Space's Associate Artist Najma Abukar also shared an insight into one of her latest projects, and members of the group also got up and extracts of their own work.