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Sadequain, The Stranger in Paris

The exhibition; ‘Sadequain, The Stranger in Paris’, is now open at the Grosvenor Gallery in London, and runs until the 23 April.

The exhibition focusses on Sadequain’s illustrations of the 1966 publication of Albert Camus’ existentialist masterpiece ‘L’Étranger’, released by ‘Les Bibliophiles de L’Automobile Club de France’. The commission was one of the most significant events in his career, and one he worked on for a number of years.

The exhibition includes a number of preparatory sketches and watercolours for Sadequain’s illustrations of Camus’ manuscript, as well as the book itself, which features 22 full colour illustrations and 13 black and white details. A surviving copy of the menu from the gala-dinner held to celebrate the publication will also be included in the show. The gallery will also be exhibiting a number of previously unseen works on paper from the early 1960s.

Date: 29 March – 23 April 2021

Time: Mon – Fri 10am – 6p, Sat 12noon – 4 pm, Sun closed

Location: Grosvenor Gallery, 35 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6AY

For further details visit www.grosvenorgallery.com

Manchester Museum meets Lahore Museum – a series of online panel discussions and education workshops around the film Pakistan’s Best Kept Secret – Lahore Museum.

Panel and workshop dates: Thursday 11th March, Thursday 25th March and Thursday 15th April. All 6pm start (60 minutes incl short segments of the film, panel discussion, live Q&A)

  • Panel One: Diaspora, Identity and Languages  Thursday 11th March, 6pm – with Talat Awan (journalist, BBC), Dr Sadia Habib (Manchester Museum OSCH) and Anwar Akhtar (film and theatre producer, director of Samosa Media). Book your free place here –www.eventbrite.com/e/lahore-to-manchester-1st-panel-discussion-tickets-140821371513
  • Panel Two: Faith, Heritage and History – Thursday 25th March, 6pm – with Anindita Ghosh (historian, University of Manchester), Shahid Nadeem (playwright and director, Ajoka Theatre Lahore) and  Anwar Akhtar (film and theatre producer, director of Samosa Media)Book your free place –www.eventbrite.com/e/141190216739
  • Panel Three: Education, Arts and History – Thursday 15th April, 6pm – with Esme Ward  (director, Manchester Museum), Anwar Akhtar (film and theatre producer, director of Samosa Media), The Singh Twins (international artists)and Uthra Rajgopal (curator). Emma Martin Lecturer in Museology. Book your free place – www.eventbrite.com/e/lahore-to-manchester-3rd-panel-discussion-tickets-141190483537

Pakistan’s Best Kept Secret – Lahore Museum features Anwar Akhtar, British Pakistani journalist and director of Samosa Media, in conversation with Lahore Museum’s ex-director Sumaira Samad and playwright Shahid Nadeem. They view the museum’s collection and discuss the future role of the institution within Pakistan’s wider social, political, religious and cultural context today, as well as Pakistan’s relationships with Britain.

Speaking about the film, Anwar Akhtar said: “Lahore Museum is amazing, telling the story of multiple Asian cultures and showing the value of history in helping us understand many of the problems and challenges in our world today. Our film provides a portal into Asian history and the story of many members of the British Asian community in Manchester. Understanding the history of the British Asian diaspora involves exploring a lot of British history. As a Mancunian who grew up in Moss Side, I visited Manchester Museum many times. I am delighted that Manchester Museum is hosting these talks, connecting the rich heritage of Manchester and the North West with the history and heritage of Asia. In particular I hope the panel discussions focus on the educational benefits of studying history, empire, the Commonwealth, religious diversity, cultural plurality, and that the film engages young people In Manchester from all backgrounds. The issues we explore in the film are about the British island story as well as South Asia.”

Barinur Rashid, Manchester Museum Secondary and post 16 Learning Coordinator said’ This documentary is really relevant for secondary schools and colleges, especially when studying history. Our current history curriculum needs to show the rich history that is present in South Asia and how it is intertwined with British history through legacy, empire and colonialism. This documentary and event is a must for educators across the secondary school and college sector

Nusrat Ahmed, Manchester Museum South Asia Gallery Lead said ‘For me, the title of the film speaks volumes, from the grandeur of its structure to its comprehensive collections and artefacts, Lahore Museum really is a treasure trove.  The film gives you a great insight into the breadth of diversity held within the collections”Lahore Museum has a rich, ancient and varied collection which shows the historical wealth and religious and cultural plurality of Pakistan, one of the largest Muslim majority countries in the world, with large diaspora communities across the globe. The film explores the significance of the museum in Asia but also in Britain today. Its collection tells stories of ancient cultures – Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim – and those of empire, trade, the arrival of the East India Company, the contribution of British Indian soldiers in World Wars I and II, the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan. It also gives some insight into life in Pakistan today.

Pakistan’s Best Kept Secret – Lahore Museum is a partnership production between Ajoka Theatre and Samosa Media

Jesus College, University of Oxford British Bangladeshi and Pakistani Year 12 Students Access Programme 2021

Jesus College is delighted to announce the launch of a new access and outreach programme for UK Year 12 students: our British Bangladeshi and Pakistani Year 12 Access Programme, 2021!

In order to help improve representation of British Bangladeshi and Pakistani students at top universities, Jesus College intends to support students from these backgrounds in making competitive applications to universities like Oxford. This online programme will include a variety of information sessions, panel discussions, application support sessions, Q&As, academic lectures and competitions. We will also offer spaces to teachers and parents/carers.

The programme will launch on 17th February and activities will run regularly until mid-October 2021. View draft schedule here.


Message from H.E. Moazzam Ahmad Khan, High Commissioner for Pakistan to the United Kingdom for the Pakistani community on COVID-19 vaccination.

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