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Nilupa Yasmin: Tera- A Star তেরা

Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 9QH
Nilupa Yasmin: Tera- A Star তেরা

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This exhibition is an exploration of artisan craftwork through the practice of photography. Nilupa Yasmin's work consists of beautifully handcrafted and digitally woven artworks. The artist uses this creative process as a means of contemporary storytelling to carefully interlace cultural identity, loss and belonging with her own South Asian heritage.

As a British Bangladeshi Muslim woman and artist, Yasmin preserves her family memories through craft and photography. Using the historic practice of weaving, and incorporating a traditional warp and weft pattern, Yasmin takes strips of printed photographs depicting her Bibi (paternal grandmother), her mother and herself to create intricate tapestries made from paper.

The artist showcases three projects delicately woven into one engaging exhibition: self-portraits in: 'Grow Me A Waterlily' her mother: 'Shekah, to learn' and archival imagery of her Bibi -'Tera- A Star'. These works explore fabric, materiality and photography and tell the story of three generations of the artist's family.

In the lead up to this exhibition Nilupa worked closely with members of the community, including Culture Club (MAC's Older People's Programme, Celebrating Age) to deliver a series of talks and weaving workshops using strips of photographs and fabric to create beautiful bespoke artworks, which participants could take home and keep.

While running workshops for MAC's Culture Club members, Yasmin recognised the therapeutic benefits of the act of creating a woven piece, and the sense of belonging generated through accompanying conversation. In these unprecedented times post-lockdown, lost loved ones are remembered in various ways. For Yasmin weaving photographic strips has become a way both to grieve and a practice, to celebrate the life of her late Bibi.

This is one of 40 new projects taking place across 40 arts centres as part of Here and Now, a national and local celebration of culture within communities. Supported by Arts Council England and Future Arts Centres, marking the National Lottery's 25th birthday.

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By bicycle:
MAC is in the middle of National Cycle Route 5 and is readily accessible by bike from Birmingham City Centre and further afield. We have two bike racks located at both entrances to the building. We also have another bike rack at the rear of the terrace facing Cannon Hill Park.

You can also reach us via West Midlands Cycle Hire. Our nearest docking stations are at Edgbaston Road, Bristol Rd (opposite Edgbaston Stadium) and at Birmingham Wildlife Park nearby. You can hire a bike from over 50 locations in and around Birmingham City Centre.

By bus:
1: From Five Ways, Edgbaston, Moseley and Acocks Green. The no 1 stops right outside MAC on Edgbaston Road.

35: From City Centre, Balsall Heath, Moseley and Kings Heath. The no 35 stops just around the corner from MAC on Willows Road.

45/47: From City Centre (Carrs Lane), Selly Park, Stirchley, Cotteridge and Kings Norton. The buses stop on Pershore Road, five minutes walk from MAC.

x61/63: From City Centre (Carrs Lane and Smallbrook Queensway), Rubery, Rednal, Gannow, Northfield and Selly Oak. All three buses stop ten minutes walk from MAC on the Bristol Road, near the Priory Road/Bristol Road traffic lights.

Check NX West Midlands for more information.

By car:
Birmingham is accessible by the M5, M6, M40 and M42 motorways. Please follow the signs for MAC throughout the city - we are located opposite Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

City Centre: From Birmingham City Centre, take the A441 to Redditch. Approximately 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham, turn left into Edgbaston Road. You will see the entrance for MAC on the right approximately 150 metres ahead after the traffic lights.

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Birmingham City Council manages the Queen's Ride car park next to MAC, Pershore Road car park next to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park (BWCP), and the smaller Russell Road car park.

Please see the Council's website for information on car park pricing here.

Please note: Charges do not apply to Blue Badge holders.

Car park closing times: Edgbaston Rd (next to MAC) and Russell Road entrance closes at 11.30pm daily. Pershore Road entrance next to BWCP closes at 6pm daily.

Tel: 0121 446 3232

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11 Sept 2021 - 7 Nov 2021
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Monday - Sunday09:00 - 23:45

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