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Interview with Famina B, Ort Gallery workshop facilitator & artist

by Jonny Lear
Language: EN

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Ort Gallery workshop Famina B

© Ort Gallery 2016

As part of Arts and Culture week, EPALE UK took a closer look at the relationship between community culture and art; activities that develop visual and linguistic skills, critical thinking, and community integration.

Featured case study Ort Gallery, an artist led exhibition space in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, facilitate dialogue in the community through a variety of workshops, events and talks. Weekly women’s and family workshops bring together a variety of audiences from multiple faiths and ethnic backgrounds supporting social cohesion and lifelong learning.

The artists involved in the workshops and exhibitions represent the diversity of people in the immediate area. Ort gallery provides a platform for artists to exhibit their work and kick start their career.

As part of a series of interviews including an Interview with Ort Gallery Director Josephine Reichert, we had the opportunity to interview workshop facilitator and professional artist Famina B.

Workshop cultural experience & impact on profession:

“As a fine artist a lot of my work is informed by culture and where I live, what I am surrounded by and statements that someone makes and in particularly with woman and coming here.

Working at the workshops it’s all about education for me and gaining knowledge. I am a big believer in using art as a platform for dialogue. Coming here and doing the workshops it’s just opened up so much more knowledge for me knowing these woman or these families where they are coming from in this very ethnically diverse area.

Coming from an ethnic background myself, a lot of things I can identify with…So a lot of that I take in within my work and a lot of it doesn’t really come into the actual physicality of it in my work which you see present but it will be in the concept it will be in the meaning behind my work. There is a lot of learning that comes both ways which is a big aspect in my practical work.”

Benefits of teaching at workshops provided by Ort Gallery:

You can find out more about Ort Gallery by visiting the website. Alternative you can find both Ort Gallery and Famina B on twitter; @OrtGallery and @FaminaB.


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