Join a lively panel discussion hosted by multi award-winning artist and producer Dawinder Bansal featuring Raj Kaur Khaira, founder of the global Pink Ladoo project and author of Stories for South Asian Supergirls. Shareefa Energy is a young British Muslim spoken word poet, writer and workshop facilitator. Shareefa’s poetry has been featured on BBC One Show, Channel 4 and ITV and is the author of her debut poetry collection Galaxy Walk. Sarvjit Sra is a male artist who will exhibit his latest photographic and thought-provoking exhibition called Girl Child

Listen to these fascinating British Asian artists sharing how they use art and writing to empower and raise the invisible voices of South Asian women and girls across the UK and around the world.

There will be a meet and greet after the event.

Dawinder Bansal is a multi award-winning artist and producer whose performances and immersive installations are informed by South Asian cultural heritage and contemporary stories. Dawinder is passionate about unearthing hidden stories to amaze, entertain, inspire and provoke audiences. Her recent commissions include: Asian Women & Cars: The Road to Independence, Jambo Cinema and The Making of a South Asian Wedding. She is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, serves on the Diversity Board at ITV Central and is an Arts Advisor to the prestigious Jerwood Arts Foundation. In 2019, Dawinder won the Best Creative Media Award at the annual and high-profile Asian Media Awards, supported by ITV. In 2017 she was a recipient of a High Commendation by the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in the media category. 

Raj Kaur Khaira is a lawyer, author and activist. Stories for South Asian Supergirls is her first book. Raj's lifelong passion for gender equality led her to founding the Pink Ladoo Project in 2015. The Pink Ladoo Project is dismantling patriarchy by encouraging South Asian families to abandon sexist customs and celebrate girls' births. 

The campaign has attracted tens of thousands of followers in South Asian communities across the UK, Canada, the US and Australia. It has rapidly become one of the most prominent feminist movements for South Asian women.

Raj was born in Whitmore Reans in Wolverhampton and raised in Canada. She has completed degrees in Biology, Political Science and Law. She trained as a lawyer at one of London's top firms and now advises start-ups on growth and expansion strategies. She is one of few ethnic minority women in the UK to have held a role in the c-suite of a tech start-up.

Raj now lives in London.

Shareefa Energy is a spoken word poet, writer, mentor and workshop facilitator. Her poetry is raw, honest and consistent against injustice. Witnessing her performing has been described as an almost religious experience. She was awarded with the UK Entertainment Best Poet 2017 Award and a nominee for the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture & Theatre 2019 award by the Arts Council. She is the author of her debut poetry collection Galaxy Walk, published by Burning Eye Books in November 2015. She released her spoken word neo-soul jazz EP Reasoning with Self in 2015.

Her poetry has featured on BBC The One Show, Channel 4 and ITV and been published in various publications. Shareefa performed at Poetry Meets Hip Hop in Berlin, the Verve Festival and The Flamenco Festival 2019. She has facilitated creative writing poetry workshops internationally, from Palestine to Sierra Leone across generations. She was artist in residence at North Kensington Library for the Apples and Snakes Spine Festival 2018 and 2019. 

Sarvjit Sra, (b.1971) is a fine art photographer based in Wolverhampton in the Black Country, he has established strong relationships within the South Asian community through social photography. Having studied Fine Art at college in the 1980's Sarvjit did not pursue the arts any further due to lack of support and cultural attitudes towards a career in the arts at the time. 

Many years later he returned to his love of photography and the arts, launching a successful wedding photography career. Since 2014 he has been working with photography and mixed media to highlight social and cultural issues within the South Asian community. Sarvjit is a co founder and former director of Black Country Visual Arts cic and strongly feels that visual art has a place in a culturally diverse community. During his time at BCVA Sarvjit was one of two artists that created the award wining Apna Heritage Archive documenting the Punjabi residents of Wolverhampton. His most recent work was Girl Child which was received positively by the community as a ground-breaking response to a taboo subject. Sarvjit is available for portraiture, fine art, documentary commissions and artist collaboration.   

Performer: Dawinder Bansal, Raj Kaur Khaira, Shareefa Energy, Sarvjit Sra

Date: Friday 31 January 2020

Time: 7pm – 8.15pm

Venue: Wolverhampton Art Gallery - Georgian Room

Price (inc. booking fee): £11.37

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