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Heritage and Practice: inspiration in the work of leading female artists

Heritage and Practice: inspiration in the work of leading female artists

Location: Birmingham Museum

16th August 2014 - 16th August 2014

Join us for a fascinating discussion with female British artists, including Zarah Hussain whose work is currently showcased in the ‘Symmetry in Sculpture’ exhibition. Considering their multi-cultural heritage the discussion will explore the inspiration behind the work of these leading artists. The event will be chaired by Abid Hussain, who currently oversees the national strategic development of the Diversity agenda at Arts Council England.

Artists taking part in this event include: 

Zarah Hussain is an MA graduate of the Visual Islamic and Traditional Art programme at the Prince's School For Traditional Arts in London. She has spent many years perfecting the traditional techniques used to create mathematical geometric Art and adapting them to create works with a contemporary resonance. She has had several solo exhibitions across the UK, and her work is held in many museum collections. Most recently, her practice has developed to include three-dimensional sculptures, currently displayed for the first time at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in the exhibition ‘Symmetry in Sculpture: Recent Work by Zarah Hussain’.


Halima Cassell was born in Pakistan, brought up in Manchester and now living in Blackburn, Lancashire. Halima's varied, multi-cultural background is tangibly present in her work.  A natural creativity presented itself at an early age and was nurtured to fruition as Halima carved her way through an art-based education: an undergraduate degree in 1997 and an MA in 2002. The culmination of this process is Halima’s precociously mature work. Fusing her Asian roots with a fascination for African pattern work and a passion for architectural geometry, Halima’s work is intense yet playful, structured yet creative; substantial yet dynamic and invariably compelling in its originality.


Sonia Audhali is no longer able to take part in the discussion.

Further information on her work can be found here: www.soniasphotography.com / www.s2-images.co.uk

Supported by Arts Council England 

Location: AV room

Time: 2-4pm

Ticket price: £10 - please book in advance  

To book your tickets, please contact the box office on 0121 348 8000, visit the Gas Hall reception desk at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, or     BOOK ONLINE