Introducing our Wolverhampton Forging Links Coordinator – Komlaish Achall
Get A Word In Edgeways is running a National Lottery Arts Council – funded project, Forging Links. Its purpose is to Forge Links with neighbouring Wolverhampton, Telford, and South Shropshire for a Forging Links Festival in 2024. This festival intends to bring our communities together, and celebrate our diversity & shared geographical heritage.
Through pre festival engagement activities of poetry, spoken word, writing, comedy & storytelling we will build on our relationship with local rural schools & develop relationships with schools in Telford & Wolverhampton & also community groups with a particular focus on young people, families & children.
Komlaish Achall is a visual artist & street photographer, community artist and curator; she has exhibited and curated at various locations in the West Midlands. She studied at the University of Wolverhampton (Master of Arts – Fine Art: Distinction).
Komlaish has project managed exhibitions with artists from a number of disciplines. Her recent projects include Offsite 9 British Art Show, where she worked as a Project Coordinator with artists and poets from Wolverhampton. She also forged links between photographers and poets in the Cultural Bridge programme between Kulturvilla Nellie, Lörrach, Germany and Creative Black Country, Wolverhampton.
Komlaish is passionate about poets, actors and artists from diverse and marginalised backgrounds being given opportunities to showcase their creativity, helping communities to engage, share their experiences, stories, and untold histories.
Komlaish believes that Art, Poetry and Storytelling are powerful tools that evoke emotion, inspire creativity and challenge perceptions, enabling a fusion of past, present and imagined futures in the developing of something exciting and new.
Komlaish is one of three regional Engagement Coordinators for Forging Links and we will be introducing all of them to you very soon! The Engagement Organisers will be engaging with communities in Wolverhampton, Telford, and South Shropshire.