This year BedMID is engaging people in the local community in a range of music-led projects that explore some of the issues faced by women held in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. This work aims to create a space for vulnerable and marginalised groups in Bedfordshire to make music together whilst raising awareness about immigration detention through engaging with the subject through a creative lens.
At the end of 2017 we published two calls out. The first announced a new music or music-led commission for an artist whose musical practice explores aspects of identity, migration or detention whilst the second was an offer of a series of free across-artform music making workshops for vulnerable and marginalised community groups in Bedfordshire.
After some great responses, we are pleased to announce that the artist who will be receiving the new music commission is Roshi Nasehi. Roshi will be working with the Refugee group at the Kings Arms project to create time-stretched audio landscapes derived from recordings and song material chosen by project participants.
And for our other projects the five community groups we will be working with are;
Kings Arms Project: The Kings Arms Project community choir will learn songs written by detainees held in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre.
Project 229: ‘Space’ project.
Uprising: ‘Surviving to Thriving’ project.
Living it Up: Working with adults with learning disabilities to create Lino art.
Bedford District Cerebral Palsy Society: Working with teenagers with varying physical, learning and health needs.