Mandy Keating – Artist in Residence

Mandy Keating – Artist in Residence

Project overview

As part of the Artist in Residence Programme, Mandy Keating engaged with two women’s groups in Rotherham West – The Tassibee Centre in Wellgate, a volunteer-led support group for isolated and socially excluded Pakistani women in Rotherham, and a group of women from College Road Mosque, Masborough.

Mandy worked within the high level of applied arts skills that the women already had and introduced contemporary approaches to weaving their stories and narratives into visual artworks.

The Tassibee Group wanted to make bags from recycled carrier bags and other plastics. They made decorative patterns on the bags and inscribed the initials of their children. Following these sessions with Mandy, the group made two decorative panels using henna designs that were fixed to streetlamps in Effingham Square, Rotherham Town Centre, as part of the UEFA Women’s Euro fan zone in July 2022.

At College Road Mosque, the group expressed a desire to create patchwork quilts and learn about dressmaking. In response, Mandy demonstrated stitching and Shibori tie-dyeing and invited participants to embroider thoughts onto a girl’s dress. Everyone made something and learnt new skills to make other things.

The group of 14 continued participating by making flowers from tissue and card, that formed part of the Siege Weapons of Love artwork at the WOW (Women of the World) Festival in mid-July 2022.

As part of the project, Mandy also delivered workshops in a local hotel where Afghan refugees were housed temporarily. Supported by the Refugee Council, the workshop engaged women who had fled from persecution and risk to their lives in simple, peaceful visual arts sessions which gently helped them to explore their stories and spend time immersed in activity together.

Community partners: Tassibee Group, Wellgate; Jamia Masjid Mosque, Masborough, Afghan Refugees Women's group

About Artist in Residence

From February to June 2022, Rotherham residents had the opportunity to work with five professional artists to explore how creativity, art and culture could benefit their community. Artists Mandy Keating, Rich Wiles, Rosie Carnall and Geotone’s Andy and Paul were appointed to co-produce creative work with local people in four areas of the borough including Maltby, Wath, and two central wards.

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