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Faith and art in the spotlight
A free online discussion will post the question of how can spirituality and creativity help us navigate death and loss? Organised by Birmingham-based community interest company BrumYODO, the event features artist and creative producer Mohammed Ali, spoken word artist Amerah Saleh and John Taylor Hospice palliative care consultant Dr Nadia Khan.
Taking place online on Monday, April 19 between 7-8.30pm, the panel will explore how the arts and faith beliefs can support people through death and grief.
Exploring spirituality and creativity
The event forms part of a free online programme organised as part of BrumYODO's annual A Matter of Life and Death Festival. BrumYODO is a community interest company made up of palliative care workers, undertakers, hospices, solicitors, celebrants and arts practitioners which uses cultural events and activities to encourage open and conversation around death and dying.
BrumYODO chair Anna Lock said: "The last year has seen so many people experience the death of loved ones and the grief of bereavement. As a country, we have yet to really explore how we have all been affected by this. Our In Conversation With event will discuss how creativity and spirituality can help people find a way through death, bereavement and grief. We are looking forward to a stimulating and thought-provoking discussion."
Mohammed Ali is a pioneer in the street-art movement and in 2008 established Soul City Arts where he works strategically to bring art into the lives of everyday people. He is also an educator and curator, a trustee at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Associate Artist at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He has created art for live audiences throughout the world and was awarded an MBE 2016 for his service to Art and Community Cohesion.
Amerah Saleh is a spoken word artist whose Muslim Yemeni roots give her space to get lost and found on multiple occasions between identity. She is the co-founder of Verve Poetry Press, Board Member at Apples & Snakes and General Manager of Beatfreeks. Amerah has performed all around Europe and has recently released her first collection called 'I Am Not From Here'. Her work touches on identity, womanhood, religion and the obscure idea of belonging only to one place.
Dr Nadia Khan is a palliative care consultant at John Taylor Hospice, Birmingham. She believes that facing death and loss with the right support can open doors to connection, meaning and growth. She works with a team who are passionate about improving the experience of people, families and communities from all walks of life who have non-curable illnesses. She has recently created a series of end-of-life videos for the British Islamic Medical Association.
How can spirituality and creativity help us navigate death and loss? is free but places need to be booked. For more information click on brumyodo.org.uk/events