Through Go Digital, British Council is supporting three new partnerships between artists and arts organisations in Wales and Pakistan. In response to changing restrictions on global travel due to Covid-19, these international connections have been established online.
Flow - across water and time
Mission Gallery in Swansea will manage collaborations between artists in Wales and five female artists from Pakistan: Rameesha Azeem (digital dance), Maheen Zia (film and VR), Ayessha Quraishi (visual poetry), Shanzay Subzwari (audio and video art), Zohra Amarta Shah (visual arts, crafts). The projects will support cross cultural collaboration, develop solutions for technical and logistical requirements in the future delivery of the five artistic collaborations and also explore platforms for showcasing the work.
Puppetry masterclasses and digital festival
Puppet Soup in Wales, and Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop, Pakistan are co creating new digital puppet theatre, developing puppetry masterclasses, and founding a new puppetry festival which will be presented online to a worldwide audience to promote and develop the art form of puppetry in both of the nations and worldwide.
Sound artists Harcharan Singh, in Wales and Ahsan Iqbal Bari in Pakistan will work on three audio visual pieces of content, composed in collaboration with musicians and dancers from Pakistan and Wales. The pieces will be composed after creative sessions between the collaborating artists. The pieces will be a combination of music, poetry, spoken words and movement. The artists wish to explore the root of the ancient dance and music traditions in Wales and in Pakistan and explore its modern transformation.