Artist's CV and Further Information About Recent Projects
I sing my own stories and strive to find and offer comfort in sharing the stories of others. I work using my own and others’ singing voices as well as structure / sculpture, space, sound, film, photography, movement and the gathering of people. I work to create environments that enable us to explore our relationships with ourselves and one another.
2016 Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts Award (Visual arts, research and development) 2013 Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts Award (Music, touring)
Works and projects
2017 Heartfelt Messages. Participatory, origami and spoken voice. Commissioned by the National Memorial Arboretum. Six month project involving 20,000 participants with budget of £40,000. 2016 - 2017 Move Me. Participatory, song, choral composition, movement, interactive events. Funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts and supported by HOME and Manchester Jazz Festival. 2016 What Would Billie Do? Relational, film and performance. Commissioned by HOME, Manchester 2016 SHELTER. Relational, photography and soundscape. Commissioned by Super Slow Way. 2016 A Familiar Place. Permanent sculpture and sound installation. Commissioned by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. 2015 Baby Chaos. Multi sensory installations. Commissioned by Brighter Sound. 2014 One Hundred Spoons and You. Semi permanent sound and sculpture installation for families. Commissioned by Tate Liverpool. 2014 Everything Was Beautiful. Multi sensory public space installation for families. Commissioned by FACT and Liverpool Biennial. 2014 Drawn to the Beat. Live performance for public music drawing event. Commissioned by Naomi Kendrick, artist. 2012 Fit Right Tour. North West tour of combined electronic music and classical music. Funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts. 2012 Artist in residence. Open rehearsals, composition and performance. Commissioned by FutureEverything Festival.
2016 Neko Neko Between Two Cities (album) Vocal writing production and performance on Waiting and Untitled. 2015 Jah Wobble ReDux (album). Vocal performance on Visions of You and Becoming More Like God. 2014 Beats and Pieces Big Ideas (album). Vocal performance on Broken. 2011 The Electronic Exchange Second Shift (album). Co writing and production. 2012 Najia Bagi Six Months (album). Writing production and performance of all instruments and vocals. 2012 The Electronic Exchange Tearful but Fearless (single). Co writing and production. 2010 The Electronic ExchangeThe Electronic Exchange (album). Co writing and production. Selected tours and performances The Battle of Bexley Square, group performance for Sounds from the other City 2015 Beats and Pieces Big Ideas. Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London and RNCM, Manchester The Electronic Exchange Fit Right Tour. Manchester, Liverpool, London
Workshops for children 2014 - 2016 Toddler Tuesdays, The Hepworth Wakefield 2012 - 2016 Baby Art Club. Manchester Art Gallery. 2014 - 2016 Flying Saucers, Royal Exchange Theatre
Further information about recent projects
Heartfelt Messages National Memorial Arboretum July 2017 - present (finishing 10th November 2017) This six month participatory arts project is inspired by the communication sent to and from the Front Line during World War One and is part of the UK Passchendaele commemorations. The project utilises archives from the Museum of Passchendaele as well as contemporary messages to loved ones by the visitors to the Arboretum, schools and other local groups. 20,000 origami hearts and three sound pieces will be presented in the War Widow’s Wood on 10th November. During this project I have achieved:
Collaboration with a visual artist
Devising and delivering a long term, large scale project involving thousands of visitors, hundreds of volunteers, and staff at the NMA
Management of a £40,000 budget
Liaison with manufacturers and technicians to produce the paper and frame
Developed skills in AV technology and implementation Move Me Arts Council Grants of the Arts August 2016 - July 2017 I delivered a £15,000 project to develop my artistic practice in performance and installation, which focused on the metamorphosis of the self through being single. I began this project by agreeing with three people to receive regular letters from them over a period of 4 months. I then developed this work by visiting places that the participants wanted to “re-gain” after ended relationships and taking photographs, and by writing choral music for the Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir (the multi faith choir formed and managed by Manchester International Festival). I presented the choir, along with audio visual pieces as part of a performance installation at HOME on 3 March 2017. Following
this I held a participatory session at Manchester Central Library inviting the general public to reply to the letters. You can see images of this project and listen to music made here: http:// www.najiabagi.com/commissions.html What Would Billie Do? HOME, Manchester January 2016 - August 2016 This project explored the concept of metamorphosis through heartbreak, loss and gain of self through Love. Through this role I achieved:
Management of a £5,000 budget, liaising with HOME and other artists
Design of “prescriptive” music players installed at HOME
Production of Heartbreak Amnesty, a happening to collect and process objects no longer wanted from previous relationships
Composition of three choral pieces for three voices
Production and co-direction of a participatory short film, which has since been shown on cinema screens
Production of a live performance for three voices, which was shown alongside the short film in an installation You can see images of this project and listen to music made here: http://www.najiabagi.com/ commissions.html SHELTER Super Slow Way September 2015 - July 2016 Nightsafe is a charity in Lancashire which offers accommodation and support for young people who are homeless. Through this project we explored our lives using various artistic processes as a tool. Through the role I achieved:
Management of a £8,000 budget working with other artists
Engagement of the young people at Nightsafe, staff and other organisations
Group exploration of music, photography, body painting and soundscapes You can read a blog post I wrote about this project here: http://superslowway.org.uk/blog/shelter-a- reflection-by-najia-bagi/
See it! Say it! Do it! Let’s Go, Manchester January - December 2015 I managed the See it! Say it! Do it! project, working city wide to nurture creativity in people across a variety of communities, connecting the city centre arts offer to these communities. Through this role I achieved:
Managing a £100,000 budget and finding match funding and in kind support, and managing partnerships to add value to the project budget
Working with over 5,000 participants to delivery over 30 projects, connecting 10 city centre arts organisations with surrounding communities
Production of a month long exhibition, employing a Curator and devising and delivering a programme of family and other events to increase accessibility A Familiar Place Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool 2015 - 2016 I was commissioned by the hospital to produce a permanent installation designed to comfort and inspire families utilising the neonatal unit of the hospital. Through this project I have achieved:
Management of a £12,000 budget to include devising an idea, design, manufacture, testing and installation of a sculpture which plays a composition made from the sounds of over 30 homes, the sounds being triggered by movement to encourage play.
Working with the young peoples’ art group, the hospital management, a private donor and technical and design support to deliver the project.