Connecting communities through
  arts & media since 2004

About Us

 

Ulfah has developed particular expertise in working with Muslim communities and Muslim women who are a group whose creativity and expression is less visible in day to day cultural environments.

Another uniqueness is that not only do our projects give space for exploration of the individual faith or practice but also ensures other identities are also developed which enable the necessary shifts to take place within people for change to happen.

Founded in 2004 as a non for profit organisation, Ulfah Arts' uniqueness begins with two ideas: “Arts for Arts Sake” and “Arts for Social Change”.

“Arts for Arts Sake” – We believe in excellence when it comes to artistic expression, hence Ulfah is committed to creating opportunities for artistic and media development through working with a variety of partners for all concerned in the sector, including artists, arts organisation, art and media forms, media professionals etc. We achieve this through:
 

  • Creative leadership and development programmes
  • Developing in-house productions across genres in arts and media
  • Collaborations
  • Supporting individual artists/media professionals who would not otherwise have any support in developing their work – such as practicing Muslim women.
    • Along side this we develop audiences through our work below to ensure more people get to benefit from the sector.

      “Arts for Social Change” – we believe that arts and media can be a powerful tool for change from raising education attainment, improving health, community cohesion, interfaith dialogue, social enterprise to name a few. We achieve this through being commissioned to develop projects by various agencies and leading our own projects focused on particular issues or target groups.

      Our main target is faith communities or communities who traditionally don’t have a culture of engaging with the arts, this could be due to faith, social, cultural or economical reasons. 

Ulfah Arts operates on principles it has developed over five years using the Muslim community as a pilot and seeing how we respond to the needs of the market and this community. These include:

  • Working with faith from a universal perspective. Finding the common ground so all members of society can make a connection.
  • Ying and Yang : Inclusion of the opposite.
  • Safe – dangerous scale : Referring to the level outside our comfort zones
  • Inclusion : How what we do can be replicated to other groups and situations
  • Environment : Ensuring the right conditions for change to take place

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