ABOUT

COMMUNITY ARTS by ZK is using art as a driving force to bring communities together from different age ranges, walks of life and social, cultural backgrounds, with a strong emphasis on community cohesion and integration to help build friendships and a stronger community. Art is a proven way of making a tangible difference to neighbourhoods and there is plenty of evidence to show that the arts as a whole improve personal, social, mental health and well-being.  

 

COMMUNITY ARTS by ZK creates art projects, activities and workshops which value, encourage and engage people in the community, allowing them to express themselves more effectively and communicate their ideas in a creative way.  We empower people to become more independent and build their confidence by promoting fulfilment of their potential and enrichment of one’s life through art. Our art projects, workshops and activities give the people of our neighbourhoods a space to explore and express their thoughts and ideas. It is often the case that people are able to express in artwork that which they cannot express in words, therefore communication grows and improves between people of all backgrounds.  Allowing members of our diverse neighbourhoods to create art and learn new skills, we are helping them to thrive, excel, reveal hidden talents and change their path in life.

 

 

 

- OUR VISION -

COMMUNITY ARTS By ZK's vision is to make a difference by utilising art and other creative activities to the benefit of people from all walks of life, especially in regard to their personal and social health and well-being.  We envisage that our projects will stimulate growth in experience and knowledge of different cultures and traditions living alongside each other. 

The social nature of our work meets the well-being hopes that wider groups of people take responsibility for; the health and well-being of others; “communities and peer networks” thereby creating a “culture change”.  Art, perhaps especially in the variety of styles and methods deployed, can fulfil people's needs to recognise and improve upon their “potential, vulnerability, isolation, inspiration, and have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.”  Our company and activities will allow people in the community to overcome issues they might be facing, such as depression, stress, anxiety, isolation and loneliness, through giving them a chance to get involved.  We want to see an increase in creativity and confidence, self-understanding and personal growth.  This in turn, will lead to greater community and social engagement, as well meeting other outcomes, such as reducing levels of frequent attenders for non-clinical care.

 

- EDUCATION VISION -

COMMUNITY ARTS by ZK is invested in increasing engagement in formal education through supporting creative approaches to teaching and learning.  Through experimenting, educating on and facilitating arts activities, COMMUNITY ARTS by ZK continually strives to create new opportunities for self-understanding and for the stimulation of greater flourishing between people of all races and creeds, we help to break down barriers and steer communities to come together and abolish segregation.  This means that our work with the BAME community continues and grows through current initiatives which involve people of all backgrounds; this is fundamental to our work.

 

Our Art projects and workshops promote integration in the local community. Segregation is an issue that we address by taking steps to bring people together and engage with one another in a positive way. Our workshops and projects deepen people’s appreciation and understanding of art, and strengthen our own shared culture and experiences. We begin by getting people talking, whilst at the same time, producing beautiful art together. At COMMUNITY ARTS by ZK we use creativity and expertise to come up with creative solutions that make a difference to people's lives thought art.  This gives us the opportunity to create lasting and meaningful relationships with people from different cultures and allows us to involve them in art activities.

 

 

- IN COLLABORATION -

At COMMUNITY ARTS by ZK, we frequently work in collaboration with other organisations to focus on community-relevant, solution-focused art. This is done through projects which are sensitive to the rich and multi-faceted features of local places.  As a community arts organisation we have had the opportunity to work with a range of establishments. We have worked with hospitals, women only groups, Syrian refugees and asylum seekers, art organisations, youth zones, children, young people, schools, care homes, community groups, libraries, local authorities and carried out work at art festivals, We use art as a tool to positively impact local people and the current issues they face; our art programmes are catered to community needs.  For example, we help groups build confidence and achieve their dreams or long terms goals, we lift people out of loneliness and isolation to help reshape their future. We help with specialist projects and gain knowledge of working with people with SEN (Special Educational Needs). We use art for therapy and as a tool for promoting well-being. We conceive and develop stimulating, forward-thinking projects that bring communities together. Working collaboratively and with a strong emphasis on community cohesion, our projects provide a blended learning experience for all.

- OUR TECHNIQUES -

Our projects and workshops combine traditional textiles techniques with contemporary practice.  Sessions in our workshops cover a broad range of techniques from, fabric manipulation (through stitch and dying techniques), embroidery, patchwork, painting and drawing, crafts, screen printing, digital printing, block printing, illustration, hand felting and weaving.  COMMUNITY ARTS by ZK gives communities a platform to come and explore, learn, share and stay connected by creating enlivening projects and workshops for people in the community. The projects and workshops thrive on the kind of creativity that flows when people gather and engage with one another, and feel recognised as being a value to the flourishing community. The workshops offer a hands-on approach to teaching and learning, providing opportunities to learn specialist art and textiles techniques and a place where anyone in the community can come and feel welcome, where they can form friendships and explore their skills and experiment with a range of exciting art techniques. Our projects aim to improve quality of life with a strong focus on community health and well-being.

Our art workshops provide a common goal: the creation of artwork for participants from a diverse range of backgrounds. The projects offer a unique space for conversation where knowledge of each other’s neighbour becomes stronger.  A direct outcome of this will be a reduction in isolation, depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness and formation of new friendships.

Art has always held the power to stimulate change. It has the ability to educate, inform and inspire, as well as helping people feel a sense of purpose, or that their dreams can become real. This is what COMMUNITY ARTS by ZK encourages and strives to achieve.

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OUR HISTORY

COMMUNITY ARTS by ZK was founded in 2016 by Zaneb Khatun, an experienced community artist and university lecturer, who returned to her home here in Pendle after having been fortunate enough to study in one of the most renowned art schools in the country. Zaneb Khatun was born and raised in Pendle, and returned after completing studies in London at the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design.  On returning to the North West of England, Zaneb made it her goal to engage with as many representatives as possible from across the social and cultural backgrounds of the district.  Zaneb is committed to the needs of the modern world and is aware of the current issues in her community - she feels that with her experience, it is now her duty and responsibility to give something back to the people and the place where she was raised.  In August 2019, COMMUNITY ARTS by ZK became a Community Interest Company CIC, registered with Companies House to enable the organisation to move to the next level, engaging in bigger projects and helping local communities to thrive.

 

To present date, COMMUNITY ARTS by ZK has had the opportunity to work on a range of projects, as well as working alongside and collaborating with other community groups and organisations within the area. The aim of this organisation is to develop and deliver accessible arts for all, through engaging creative workshops, projects and activities across Pendle and the surrounding communities in Lancashire. By working across all age ranges and groups, our aim is to instil unity and encourage engagement, focusing on the cultural and social benefits of diversity with a common passion for the well-being of people in the surrounding community in Lancashire. We want to make a difference to people’s lives through art. This has been demonstrated on several occasions on the projects we have completed.

MEET THE TEAM

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Zaneb Khatun

CEO

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Melissa Johns

Director

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Ruksana Kauser

Director

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Thayala Darr

Board Member

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Guy Jamieson

Board Member

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Tamzin Pinder

Board Member