Qamar, from the series Ek Aurat Ka Safar © 2018 Maryam Wahid

Transforming Narratives is a project to establish Birmingham as a global centre for contemporary arts from Pakistan and Bangladesh. The project brings together artists and cultural organisations from across artforms, who are located in Birmingham and cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Transforming Narratives allows for new ideas and artistic practices to be shared, leading to the creation of new work that will give previously unheard voices an international platform.

The project has five strands of activity:

1.    Artistic programme

2.    Cultural leadership development 

3.    Community consultation and engagement

4.    Archiving culturally diverse work produced by minority ethnic artists

5.    Critical exchange and dialogue 

It is a three-year initiative, taking place from 2018-2021. Transforming Narratives is managed by Culture Central, and delivered in partnership with The British Council and 12 Birmingham-based cultural partners.

It is supported by Arts Council England and delivered in association with The British Council.

Current Opportunities:

Transforming Narratives is launching Digital Collaborative Grants to enable opportunities for connection and collaboration between creative and cultural practitioners in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh and potentially offer creative responses to the questions raised for society by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two or more collaborative partners can apply together for grants of up to £4,000 to cover all costs for digital and artistic conversations, critical thinking and commissions. The total value of the fund is £50,000.

The closing date for applications is Friday 19 June at 9pm (Pakistan).

For more information on the Digital Collaborative Grants and how to apply, please visit: www.transformingnarratives.com.