Future's Venture Foundation

Hafsah Aneela Bashir and Nikki Mailer

‘Outside The Frame Artsare a collective set up by two community activists Nikki Mailer (applied theatre practitioner) and Hafsah Aneela Bashir (writer and poet) dedicated to raise the profile of underrepresented and marginalized communities by giving voice to those absent from the mainstream, challenging the status quo. The collective was formed through developing a project called ‘Platform For Palestinian Arts’, which explored the rich canon of writing from Palestine and the diaspora. The work of Palestinian playwrights and poets inspired new writing in a series of creative writing workshops delivered throughout the community by local Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) artists and the response was extremely positive, dovetailing artists and activists. This has led to the next phase of this work, which will explore connections made between the partition of Palestine and the partition of India as a starting point, coinciding with the centenary of the Balfour Declaration and the 70th Anniversary of the partition of India. We want to shine a light at how British colonialism has impacted British identities today. A second project will develop a poem written by Hafsah called ‘Cuts Of The Cloth’ which explores the complexities regarding the relationship Muslim women have with the cloth and how these women are perceived by society as a result. This will be developed into a provocative script, drawing on women’s verbatim stories and poetry into a ‘work in progress’ piece of theatre, in a bid to step away from the scrupulous gaze of both the West and the East to give agency to Muslim women to speak for themselves in the way they want to.