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Marks Gate

on Apr 18, 2014

We’ll be delivering a project on the Marks Gate Estate in Barking & Dagenham as part of the Neighbourhood Commissions strand of the Creative Barking & Dagenham programme . The commission places artists at the heart of communities in the borough, engaging with people and place on an intimate level over a period of 6 months and with a depth of focus, responding to local priorities and testing out different models of co-creation. Artist Sadia Ur-Rehman will be working closely with the communities of Marks Gate from April till September 2014 to create art in their neighbourhood, instigated by the people living there; the project aims to challenge preconceptions about where art takes place and who it’s by, and for. She will be testing ideas about the role and value of the arts in this context. She plans to use a series of pop-up events and art activities across the estate to engage local residents. The programme is generously funded by the Arts Council’s ‘Creative People and Places’ fund and Barking & Dagenham Council. We’ve up set up a blog for the project, to keep in touch with all developments, please visit: http://marks-gate.alocaldialogue.com/...

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on Apr 11, 2014

Re-introducing ‘A Local Dialogue’

on Mar 31, 2014

We wanted to either acquaint or re-acquaint you with ‘A Local Dialogue’, so here goes: ‘A Local Dialogue’ is a platform for the work artist Sadia Ur-Rehman does with people and communities. Conceived in late 2010, A Local Dialogue is an experimental approach to working with words and language for a project that inspires residents of particular local areas to explore their locality. Creating a space for discussion and conversation, A Local Dialogue enables people to explore their relationships to their neighbourhood/ local area through the exploration of identity and place. ‘A Local Dialogue’ began life as a series of pop-up tea parties and walks at Valentines Mansion, when Ur-Rehman was the Artist in Residence in 2011. Hosting six tea parties there, each tea party served a different type of tea from a different  part of the world, guests were able to experience how tea is drunk in South Asia, North Africa, Persia, China and of course England. An authentic experience was provided with each tea party, Ur-Rehman also set a topic of conversation about the local area and history. During the tea parties, the artist collected and recorded stories, memories, experiences of the local area and Valentines Mansion. Ur-Rehman continues to use her tea parties as a vehicle for engagement; these have travelled and popped up in numerous locations across London, including Kew Gardens, the National Maritime Museum, an empty shop in Tottenham and more! To find out more visit: http://sadiasteaparty.com/ ‘A Local Dialogue’ has evolved and now brings together all of the multidisciplinary work the artist delivers with people and communities. Ur-Rehman is passionate about artist-led community engagement and working with diverse communities to enable the co-creation of art. She is continually building on her practice as an artist developing and testing innovative ways to engage people, finding new ways to bring communities and people together. Ur-Rehman is particularly interested in people’s relationship to their neighbourhoods/local areas and her commitment to enabling them to express and explore issues of identity, place and aspiration through the visual arts; A Local Dialogue is a culmination of...

A Local Dialogue Animation

on Nov 10, 2013

A Local Dialogue Animation

Community Dialogues at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

on Mar 1, 2013

Artist and Tea party hostess Sadia Ur-Rehman has been busy developing the project ‘Edible Plants: Community Dialogues’ for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Sadia will be working with four local community organisations in a series of workshops in the format of a ‘pop up tea salon’ to explore edible plants in both the Temperate House and Palm House. The project aims to engage and bring together groups of different, diverse cultural backgrounds to creatively explore and exchange dialogues on edible plants. The origins of a series of edible plants will be explored, how they are used in cooking and in particular specific stories shared and captured. On Thursday 21st February, Sadia hosted her first tea party with Age UK Hounslow at Kew exploring the edible plants; tea, cocoa, chilli pepper and turmeric. The group had some lively discussions and shared some interesting stories! Here are a selection of photos from the day: (c) Photo credits: Mikey...