PROJECTS 

We Found Love In The 80s, comissioned by Barbican, Future Arts Centres (HERE & NOW) and London Borough of Waltham Forest

Artist Dawinder Bansal is pairing up with musician Martyn Ware - founder of The Human League and Heaven 17 - to celebrate couples who found love in the 1980s.  

They are looking for couples to share their stories of falling in love in the 1980s and explore how they overcame obstacles to be together. These tales will feature in a new film and online archive to be debuted in October.

At a time when romance and relationships are often presented as being as simple as a right or left swipe on a dating app, couples are being invited to share their love stories and show what it takes to find each other and stay together. To find out more about the project or take part, click here. 

Roads to Freedom: Power, Pimping Pride at Victoria & Albert Museum, London

​Join Dawinder Bansal and special guests at London's Victoria & Albert Museum to present her film, Asian Women & Cars: The Road to Independence.

Explore the independence and designed identities, discover cars as caskets, journeys of privilege and liberty, driving in segregated America, indulge in lights, spoilers and dashboards, against a motor city soundtrack. 

This special event is part of V&A's current exhibition: Cars: Accelerating The Modern World. 

Friday 7 February 2020, 18.30 - 21.30

Tickets £7, £5 concessions

Invisible Voices: The Art of South Asian Activists at Wolverhampton Literature Festival 2020.

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, 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 Project. 

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.

Date: Friday 31 January 2020

Time: 7pm – 8.15pm

Venue: Wolverhampton Art Gallery - Georgian Room

Price (inc. booking fee): £11.37 

Book here

Jambo Cinema & Bansal Electrical at New Art Exchange 18 Jan - 15 Mar 2020 

Jambo Cinema is a multifaceted installation emerging from a nostalgic time in artist Dawinder Bansal's childhood in Wolverhampton. The project is influenced by her time growing up as a young girl in her parents' electrical shop, Bansal Electrical, which also rented VHS Bollywood films. It draws upon her memories of watching Bollywood films with her Sikh extended family, pays homage to her Kenyan roots, and explores the social history of South Asian home entertainment in 1980s Britain.

Bansal Electrical closed in 1989, and the stock was put into storage until now. In 2015, she began to explore the extensive archive of the original VHS tapes, fixtures, fittings, and electrical supplies from the shop. Reconstructing her Kenyan-Indian living room along with the corner-shop, this iteration of Jambo Cinema will re-envision Bansal Electrical for the first time.

Fun, warm, and evocative-- Dawinder wants Jambo Cinema to be a communal space for people from all backgrounds. Filled with family memorabilia, this exhibition will instigate audiences to imagine what it means to be a second-generation child growing up in a first-generation South Asian home in Britain.

Jambo Cinema at Leystonstone Loves Film Festival 2019, commissioned by Barbican

Dawinder Bansal was commissioned by London's Barbican Centre, a world-class arts and learning organisation to present Jambo Cinema to new audiences at Leytonstone Loves Film festival 2019.

During the course of the weekend, Dawinder hosted 300 audience members, within the intimate setting of her 1980s Kenyan-Indian living room. Children were confused by VHS and their parents stepped back in time to their youth! It was a thoroughly fun weekend with brilliant feedback from audiences and the Barbican Centre as one of the festival highlights. 

Leytonstone Loves Film was a free weekend of films and movie magic in unexpected places around Leytonstone Town Centre. Indoor and outdoor screenings are popping up all weekend, alongside workshops, activities and installations with music, markets and food stalls. Bringing together people to celebrate Leytonstone's rich cinema history and inspire a new generation of makers, risk takers and radical thinkers.

Leytonstone Loves Film was produced by the Barbican in partnership with local residents and organisations and Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019. 

Aunti Ji's Making Corner at the National Festival of Making 2019 

In 2018 Dawinder Bansal joined forces with the South Asian community in Blackburn to create an installation called ‘The Making of a South Asian Wedding.’

 

Showcasing the wonderful making skills that go into creating fantastic food, clothing, table design and flowers for weddings across this region through communal making round the kitchen table. The Curry Club ladies returned to run making sessions including; samosas, the humble chapati, sari tying and henna candle painting.

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2019 at the Festival Hub. 

In Conversation with Dawinder Bansal: Asian Women & Cars. 
Audiences joined Dawinder Bansal in conversation with a dynamic and lively guest panel of South Asian women who are passionate about cars, driving and influencing social change for South Asian girls and women in the UK and India.
Special guests included Anita Goyal, Patron of Binti International. Bharulata Kamble, the first South Asian women to drive through the Arctic Circle and Jagdish Khaira, one of the participants interviewed in the making of Asian Women & Cars film. 
Exhibition talk: 26th June 2019, 18.00 - 20.00
Location: TOWN HALL, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8DY
Asian Women & Cars: Road to Independence at Blast Festival 2019

​This project is a new multimedia exhibition celebrating the lives and experiences of first generation South Asian migrant women living in Sandwell and the Black Country. Using oral histories, film, photographs and sound, Dawinder explores the relationships between the women and their cars.

 

The installation highlighted the positive impact of these stories on future generations of British Asian women who now benefit from the sacrifices of the first generation who battled against patriarchy and traditional family structures to gain independence.

Exhibition dates: 25th May - 29th June 2019.  
Location:  BRITISH MUSLIM SCHOOL, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8NX. 
The Making of a South Asian Wedding at National Festival of Making 2018 
​Travelling through cultural traditions, time and generations of family members, Dawinder collaborated with home-based artisans and the small businesses that ensured a 1980s wedding in Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities went ahead with the unforgettable sensations that Bansal remembers from her youth.
 
Calling out to the Lancashire community, Dawinder will look for the day-and-night samosa makers, the stitchers of opulent outfits and intricate mendhi body artists who work together to make everything necessary for a traditional wedding. During the festival weekend visitors will be able to take part in a vibrant and communal celebration of making, trialling and testing their own making skills alongside the skilled artisans. 
National Festival of Making took place on Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th May 2018. 
Jambo Cinema at  Wolverhampton Art Gallery
26 Oct - 26 Nov 2017 
Step inside ‘Jambo Cinema’ and experience Uncle & Aunty Bansal’s Indian-Kenyan 1980s era living room. This project is inspired by the personal experiences of Dawinder Bansal who grew up in her parents’ corner shop which sold electrical supplies and also rented VHS video films to the newly arrived and established Indian and Pakistani migrant communities in Wolverhampton. 'Jambo Cinema' is a partner commission with Creative Black Country, Funny Things Comedy Festival, Flatpack Film Festival and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Girl Gaze | Arts Advisor, July 2017 - Oct 2018 
Bringing together newly-commissioned work by four women artists: Jocelyn Allen (UK), Jennifer Pattison (UK), Andrea Fernandes (India) and Uzma Mohsin (India), the exhibition explores diverse themes regarding gender, identity, patriarchy, tradition, culture, memory, place, belonging and difference that shape the lives of women in both countries. The project, part of Arts Council England and British Council’s Re-Imagine India cultural exchange programme, was awarded funds to engage with local Indian diaspora communities in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, and in cities and villages in the Punjab. 
 
 
Working in partnership with Multistory (UK) & Nazar Foundation (New Delhi), Creative Black Country commissioned four female photographers to create compelling stories about women’s lives and their cultural roots in the Punjab. 
Mother Tongues from Farther Lands | Producer

Mother Tongues from Farther Lands is a spoken word/theatre show full of fascinating, fearless and funny stories from South Asian women. Commissioned by Southbank Centre, Cast, Oldham Coliseum and Black Country Touring for Alchemy. Finalist for Best Stage Production by ITV'S ASIAN MEDIA AWARDS 2017 

This show was generously supported by Arts Council England, Amal Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. 

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