Andy Ford
Aleksandras Ostasenkovas
Regina Sulskyte
Juozas Bindokas
Claire Parr
Rolandas Parafinavicius
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Programme of exhibitions and events:



February 2012 - February 2013    In Translation

National Exhibition
Manchester Art Gallery                                                                          UK
Cumbria Multicultural Women's Network is a partner to the
In Translation exhibition currently on show at Manchester Art Gallery, UK.

The exhibition is part of a major project working with women who have migrated to the North-West of England from all over the world. The women, drawn from a range of diverse backgrounds, are working with artists' collective UHC (Ultimate Holding Company) to co-curate a display featuring and inspired by Manchester City Galleries' collection of Empire Marketing Board Posters.    

In 1933, Manchester Art Gallery acquired 222 individual posters for the Gallery's Industrial Art Collection. The posters did not see the light of day again until the 1990s. Perhaps this was because people were uncomfortable with the version of Empire that they promoted.

As with any cultural material, however, their meaning has changed over time and the poster collection today is subject to quite different readings from those originally intended. Now the Sunshine and Europia women's groups at Wai Yin, the Cumbria Multicultural Women's Network, and UHC, worked together with staff at Manchester Art Gallery to look at these posters in a critical and creative light. They have created a display of a selection of the posters together with the women's own interpretative artwork.

April - May 2008     Short Films -

Cumbria Multicultural Women's Network

In collaboration with Baltic Link Trust, five members of Cumbria Multicultural Women's Network took part in a Visible Voice film-makers course in Barrow. Over the course of three workshops the women learned how to make and edit a short film. By the end of the course three short documentary films were produced which demonstrated the power of this means of communicating real life stories. The films can be seen on the Visible Voice website or click here to find out more about the films and the work of the Multicultural Centre in Barrow.

Visible Voice is a multinational research project being undertaken by Vincent O'Brien, Priniciple Lecturer in Health at the University of Cumbria.






Illustration: the left hafrom the Advance Empire Trade set, designed by HS Williamson, 1932. Gallery accession number 1935.613nd side poster from

Illustration: the first poster from the Colonial Progress set: East African Transport †Old Style, gallery accession number 1935.714.  Artist: Adrian Paul Allinson (1850-1959)





  'Migrant Stories'
         3 Short films on one DVD

'Migrant Mothers' made by Jo Ann Saltigo and Lili Orzac,
'Away From Home' by Maha Ismail and Yesim ar Farouk,
'My Homeland', by Maha Ismail

March / April 2007

Exhibition: Rytojus 2007; migration - migracija
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria UK
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Slide show of migrant agricultural workers
in the Fens, East Anglia 2007 - Nick May
  Members of Cumbria Multi-cultural Women's Network visit their work at the exhibition, Kendal 2007

International photographic and new media exhibition by Lithuanian and UK artists on the theme of the human experiences of migration; with personal stories and family snapshots from community participant authors from Cumbria, Norwich, Pociuneliai and Siauliai.

Artists: Laura Garbstiene, Ignas Krunglevicius, Nick,May, Diane Rickerby with documentary film edited by Egle Budvytyte, Goda Budvytyte, Ieva Miseviciute.
Also work by Aleksandras Ostasenkovas, Regina Sulskyte, Juozas Bindokas, Remigijus Venckus, Rolandas Parafinavicius, Raimis Ragus.

February 2007
BALTIC Festival, Norwich, UK

Kelme Little Theatre at Norwich Baltic Festival

More than 30 people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania came to Norwich for the county's first Baltic States Festival. The event, which celebrated Lithuanian Indepedence day, was a chance for the visitors to showcase their crafts and perform a concert. This festival, the first of its kind, was instigated in support of Norwich British Lithuanian Association and migrant workers in the east anglian region. It is hoped that this will prove to be the first festival of many, developing into an annual festival celebrating different national migrant communities each year.
Lithuania: Kelme Little Theatre; Zaneta Jasaityte, fashion designer, artist and animator; Jurgita Sutkute, leather work accessories, held a fashion show; Albertina Rudiene showcased her skills with straw handicraft; Raimona Ramanauskiene and Vytautas Ramanauskas demonstrated their skills in the use of birch-bark handicraft. Items created in this way have been found dating back to the Neolithic period; Irena Felomena Juskiene demonstrates traditional Lithuanian handicrafts; Romas Masteike Aistis Miculis and Ausra Masteikaite Micule performed a selection of traditional Lithuanian folk music with their family band Griezyne;

Zaneta Jasaityte with her work at the festival

Latvia: Latgales Damu Pops, pop group
Estonia: Sille Ilves, one of Estonia's most respected fiddle-players, performed with her husband Martin Leamon; Catlin Jaago, Silver Sepp and Marko Magi performed a number of works with their band Ro:Toro

Partners and stake holders: BBC Norfolk, Norwich Mind, British Lithuanian Association, Norwich
For more images from the BBC website click here



October 2006
July / October 2005
The second year of 'Rytojus' photographic documentary project took place in the original communities of Pociuneliai and Zagare, Lithuania. Both communities welcomed the opportunity to continue

to self-record the changes occurrring within their communties. Of the forty five participants who took part this year, twenty six community authors recorded images for the project for the first time. This year also, efforts were made to include relevant textual detail to images of each author which involved a valuable input from students woking in the History department of Siauliai University.

In addition to the self recording by community members of all ages, sixty pupils at the Special Needs Residential School in Zagare took part in the project. Single use cameras were given to groups of children for use during school and leisure times. Some children who live at home took cameras home to photograph their families. Roma children and their families contributed to the project. New images from from this documentation will be added to the archive and will appear on the website when resources allow.

An exhibition of the latest community photos was mounted by young members of the community and exhibited at the Cherry Festival, Zagare, on July 24 2005.


January / February 2005

1 Exhibition Rytojus prasidejo vakar
Mid Pennine Arts Centre, Burnley, UK

Professional and community photographs of rural communities in Lithuania which are experiencing the effects of rapid social and economic change.

Artists: Aleksandras Ostasenkovas, Regina Sulskyte, Juozas Bindokas, Rolandas Parafinavicious, Andy Ford, claire Parr and the communities of Zagare and Pociuneliai, Lithuania.

2 Exhibition Lithuanian Photography
Aleksandras Ostasenkovas, Regina Sulskyte, Juozas Bindokas, Rolandas Parafinavicious
Norwich Art Centre, Norwich , UK

September / October 2004
Exposition at international festival of photography, 'Kaunas Photo Days'
Kaunas , Lithuania and presentation of the project at the academic conference,
"Visual Society: Traditions and Integrations" at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas within the framework of the festival.


May 2004

Exhibition Lithuanian Photography
Aleksandras Ostasenkovas, Regina Sulskyte
Folly Art Gallery, Lancaster UK July 2004

May 2004
Half hour TV documentary made for Splius TV.Siauliai, Lithuania .

The Lithuanian Diaspora in Britain
has expressed considerable interest in the project. Photographs and articles about the project have appeared in Tiltas, the journal of the British Lithuanian Society. Further developments arising from this interest are under discussion and will be published later.


We foresee that the next phase of this project will involve a development in community work, with a parallel increase in opportunities for education and research activities.




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