Art workshops with Artist Madhu Manipatruni at PARCA’s’s Breakfast Club.
Metal enjoyed joining Parca (Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Centre) at their Friday morning Breakfast Club for a series of 8 art workshops with artist Madhu Manipatruni.
Together with Madhu, participants explored different textile techniques and mark making, working towards making tablecloths/decorations for PARCA’s events and dinners through traditional Indian block printing and Kantha stitching. The workshops ran alongside PARCA’s existing breakfast club. Just like the breakfast club, the workshops continued to be a place for conversation, meeting new people, meeting with friends and making new, whilst being creative and learning new skills.
PARCA, initially helped those arriving in Peterborough from the African continent, but its reach and support now extends to many different ethnic groups. Now extended to many people in need including Asylum Seeker, Refugees, BAME, European and local resident. From the organisation offering help and guidance on the asylum processes, the charity has grown to offer a huge range of services to help promote social cohesion, integration and relieve isolation and poverty in some of Peterborough’s most deprived areas. Accessing information and advice on a range of vital issues, such as immigration, education, training, employment, and housing/social welfare benefits is also a significant barrier to any newcomer or exiting communities.
Madhu is a multidisciplinary artist. Her practice includes drawing, painting, textiles and digital work. She is currently exploring the textile traditions based on her roots in India.
In 2021, Madhu was commissioned as one of the artists by the Cultural Steering Group to inform Peterborough Cultural Strategy. For the commission Madhu connected with women of colour living in the city and created a quilt based on the conversations she had with them while sharing her recommendations with the steering group. The quilt has been exhibited in Peterborough Museum and other locations since.
Madhu also completed an Artist in residence with Metal (2021) and Nene Park Trust (2020). She lives in Peterborough with her two children and a cat.
Instagram: @madhoo_artist & @madoodls