ABOUT US

Barkingside Art Club is an exciting new venture designed to bring us closer together as a community. 

The club provides a supportive space for local creatives, artists and art lovers to meet regularly with one another and share ideas. It is a friendly and enriching environment which hosts workshops and exhibitions thereby promoting each individual’s business.

Local creatives will also be given the opportunity to volunteer in helping children with special needs flourish through creative activities. Our artistic approach to teaching and learning is focussed on using art for a good cause. In exchange for their valued time and effort, those who choose to volunteer in this inclusive club will be rewarded through promotion of their own artistic practise.

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Creating an inclusive club

 

For artists to network and collaborate with one another

 

To promote artists and their businesses

Hosting group exhibitions

 

Bringing members of the community together

 

Educating children with SEN through art

About The Executive Creative Director & Founder

Barkingside Art Club was founded by visual artist, Eliyah Qureshi, in 2017. The artist’s work is exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in galleries across the UK and internationally. Eliyah is often involved in national and community-based projects. She is also the co-founder and creative director of Dream Mx, a digital media company.

'From my personal...

... journey and experiences, I have learnt that it is very difficult to find social clubs and events who believe in inclusion, for children who have autism and others on the spectrum. I found it particularly difficult to find suitable and understanding assistance within mainstream schools. I also found that the local area is lacking in opportunities for artists. Artists and creatives needed a place to collaborate, exhibit their work and develop their craft. This encouraged me to create my own club which provides opportunities for artists and workshops to assist parents and children who are going through a similar situation. The club's aim is to bring local creatives, artists and businesses together to collaborate with one another and to educate them on the subject of SEN. Local creatives will also be given the opportunity to volunteer in helping children with SEN learn through creative activities or the skills they have to offer.”

 - Eliyah Qureshi

About The Team - 
EQ Collective & Creatives

Here at the Barkingside Art Club we are a small team of individuals dedicated to growing the art community in Barkingside. The club is managed by Eliyah Qureshi’s team, EQ Collective. After experiencing health difficulties, Eliyah decided to create a team to assist her in turning her vision into reality. 

Eliyah Qureshi  |  Visual Artist | Founder | Creative Director

Bil Khawaja  |  Artist Assistant | Writer

Salma Al-Khalidi  | Studio Manager | Curator | Photographer