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The EQUAL project took place between January and December 2007 at Swansea Print Workshop in partnership with AWEMA [All Wales Ethnic Minority Association]. Project officer Aleem Dad Khan first came to Wales in 2006 as a visiting Artist from the Hunza region of Pakistan during the Festival of  Muslim Cultures project. This was made possible through a sponsorship via Artes Mundi, one of the partners of the Curiad Calon Cymru [CCC] Development Partnership [DP]. After a short period back in Pakistan, Aleem returned to Swansea Print Workshop in January, when he took on the EQUAL project with considerable success.

Under the Empowering Communities cluster, a dynamic print programme was designed to promote learning through the medium of fine art printmaking. The initial two months of the project were spent devising a detailed course outline and preparing teaching materials, which was then carried out over the remaining months.

Through the training and tuition received at Swansea Print Workshop, including ‘one to one’ tuition sessions from the Studio Manager, taking part in the workshop programmes and masterclasses as well as involvement in leading Open Access sessions, Aleem  gained and consolidated the skills necessary to lead the weekly workshops with participant groups as well as managing and overseeing the running of the project.

The EQUAL workshops were geared towards minority groups based in Swansea who had potential to gain new skills through the medium of printmaking. Widely advertised and highly successful, the project attracted participants from Spain, Iran, Czech Republic, Latvia, Pakistan, Wales, India, Canada and Scotland as well as successfully targeting those with Chinese, Philippino, African and Arabic backgrounds.

In depth skills and capacity building work was undertaken with twenty participants. Workshops were given in Collagraph, Dry Point, Wood Cut, Lino Cut, Cyanotype, Copper Sulphate Etching and Etching with Aquatint. By the end of the project, participants who completed the course had progressed from entry level requiring 100% support to the capacity for independent working,

Since completing the project, EQUAL beneficiaries have gone on to become members of SPW. Selected pieces of their work were on show amongst other selected members work at the Swansea Print Workshop Annual exhibition, Grand Theatre Swansea, February 2008.

A downloadable copy of the catalogue is available here (pdf file 2806Kb)

Aleem Dad Khan has now returned to Pakistan where he is been appointed as a lecturer.