With an eclectic mix of workshops and art exhibitions running across the city, the first-ever Muslim Women’s Arts Festival brings two weeks of activities that range from cookery and comedy to art and music—all with a focus on Muslim women’s history and creative influence. 

Silk Painting Workshop | Wed 16 Mar

Learn the secrets of silk painting under the expert guidance of Aysha Yilmaz on Wed 16 Mar. Hosted at Gaskell House, Aysha will demonstrate how to apply motifs and designs from Iran, Uzbekistan and Turkey, while also discussing the origins of silk, and the meanings behind the artwork on show.

Muslim Women Photographers | Fri 18 Mar

The work of Yemeni Muslim photographers Yumna Al Arashi and Boushra AlMutawakel are the focus of this online event, in which you’ll explore and interrogate the world as captured through their lens. Hosted by MMU Doctor of Human Geography Becky Alexis-Martin, join on Fri 18 Mar for a compelling discussion with Al-Arashi and AlMutawakel’s stunning imagery as the backdrop.

MACFEST2022: Block Printing Workshop | Sat 19 Mar

Held on Sat 19 Mar at the Science Museum, amidst Manchester’s historic industrial machinery, National Lottery Award winner Taslima Ahmed invites you to reach even further back in time with a workshop in which you’ll learn about traditional block printing. Taslima—who runs non-profit Creative Design & Manufacture—and museum staff will share the origins of the technique and its links to Greater Manchester’s textile factories. And, of course, you’ll be able to try the method yourself.

An Illuminated Path: A Workshop with Ashfia Ashrif | Sat 19 Mar

Join artist Ashfia Ashrif, both a student and teacher of illumination/Tezhip—meaning “ornamenting with gold”—painting for a fun and exciting workshop at Longsight Library on Sat 19 Mar. Alongside the demonstration, she will showcase her work while speaking about her personal history as a practitioner of this stunning form.

Musical Bonanza at The Lowry | Sun 20 Mar

It’s only right to round off the first-ever Muslim Women’s Arts Festival with a magnificent musical finale at the Lowry Theatre on Sun 20 Mar. The month’s closing show will feature an array of talented performers from the North West, including Gulcin Bulut, Erdogan Bayir, Katayoun Fahimi and Sarah Yaseen.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Sat 12 Mar - Sun 20 Mar
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Mon 14 Mar 2022