Festival of the Mind Workshops

26 Apr – 10 May 2024

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Festival of the Mind Workshops

Festival of the Mind: Workshops at Humraaz, Blackburn

Heavy Water Col­lec­tive have been work­ing on a project with Jil­ly Gib­son-Miller, Co-Direc­tor for MSc Psy­chol­o­gy and Edu­ca­tion, and PHD researcher Anki­ta Mishra at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Sheffield for Fes­ti­val of the Mind 2024. We have been respond­ing to their research, cre­at­ing a new archive of expe­ri­ence with racial­ly minori­tised sur­vivors of domes­tic abuse — and their infor­mal and for­mal sup­port providers — through cre­ative practice.

Heavy Water have con­duct­ed a series of col­lage, pho­tog­ra­phy, book­bind­ing and ceram­ics work­shops at Hum­raaz. It has been such a priv­i­lege to work with this group of women and the wel­come and our con­ver­sa­tions have been so warm. The beau­ti­ful work they have pro­duced will be exhib­it­ed dur­ing Fes­ti­val of the Mind in Sep­tem­ber along­side con­sid­er­able research con­duct­ed by Jil­ly and Anki­ta with Humraaz.

Fes­ti­val of the Mind is the Uni­ver­si­ty of Sheffield’s bien­ni­al cel­e­bra­tion of Sheffield University’s research, show­cas­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive projects between aca­d­e­mics from the uni­ver­si­ty and Sheffield’s cre­ative industries.

Hum­raaz Sup­port Ser­vices is led by and for Black and Minori­tised Women & Girls. They sup­port women sur­vivors and their fam­i­lies affect­ed by vio­lence against women & girls includ­ing domes­tic and sex­u­al abuse. They offer advice, advo­ca­cy and access to safe refuge to move from cri­sis to safe­ty and inde­pen­dence. Their ser­vice is holis­tic and multi-lingual.

You can find out more about Hum­raaz in Black­burn and the work that they do here: https://​hum​raaz​.co​.uk/