Gloucester presents: ‘SheSpoke’

📅 August-November 2020
What happens when you team up a group of local residents with a pair of incredible artists?

📅 August-November 2020

What happens when you team up a group of local residents with a pair of incredible artists (one from Gloucester, one touring)? That’s what ‘Gloucester presents…’ will find out!

We put a community producer and two brilliant artists in a room together, with some money and some time, and asked them to dream up some creative events or activities that local residents would love.

Who’s involved?

Community producer: Aysha Randera

Aysha is a mum of 5 who runs The Emma Willis Sewing Studio at Barton & Tredworth’s Friendship Cafe.

Gloucester artist: Halima Malek

Halima Malek is a Gloucester-based artist and makeup artist whose parents originated from India. She uses words and poems to heal and express herself. She was one of several women invited to read for International Women’s Day at St Mary de Crypt church. She works closely with the Indian and Muslim communities in Gloucester.

Malaika Kegode

Touring artist: Malaika Kegode

Malaika is a poet, promoter and workshop facilitator; she is assistant producer for Blahblahblah, the longstanding poetry event at Bristol Old Vic, and is founder and director of Milk Poetry. She has performed around the UK at a number of celebrated venues, festivals and poetry events, including Tongue Fu, WOMAD, Boomtown Festival and BBC at the Edinburgh Festival. Photo credit: Chelsey Cliff

What’s happening?

Throughout history, both poems and textiles have been used as a place for recording information and for telling our stories. 

Over the past couple of months, a small group of women have been meeting for socially-distanced workshops, run by the brilliant Malaika Kegode and Halima Malek, learning together to find their voices and express themselves in poetry.

And now a sewing group, under the care of the amazing Aysha Randera from the Friendship Café, are turning those poems into a beautiful piece of textile work, which will be displayed as a banner in the centre of Gloucester.

There will also be an online reading of the poems that the group have produced so watch this space!

Where’s it happening?

Community meetings have been taking place at the Friendship Cafe.

Want to get involved?

If you’re a resident of Barton & Tredworth, we’d love for you to be part of these conversations. Just drop us a line!