Since 2012 Najia has been working to engage families through play and creativity, at various museums, galleries, theatres, libraries and other spaces. Please see below for more details.
The Hepworth Wakefield
Najia worked at The Hepworth Wakefield to merge play and creativity and encourage "flow" in children aged 0-4.
Najia built open ended installations and invited families to discover, create and learn through play.
Manchester Art Gallery
Najia contributed the sound making elements of each Baby Friday at Manchester Art Gallery. Baby Friday offers interactive play and expression for babies not yet walking, inspired by the art in the gallery.
Royal Exchange Theatre
Devising and delivering multi-sensory sessions for babies and toddlers at the Royal Exchange Theatre. The aim of these sessions was to widen engagement and understanding of the programme and the building, specifically focusing on children under the age of 5.
Clore Art Studio Sessions
Manchester Art Gallery's Clore Art Studio is an interactive space for people of all ages which responds to the exhibitions in the Gallery. Najia worked in the Clore Art Studio to bring sound and movement into the space.
You can read more about Manchester Art Gallery's Clore Art Studio here.
Responding to The Sensory War 1914 – 2014 and using Sarah Bridgland's architectural toolkit which asks us to "build a better world". Najia brought sound into the space and built with miniature music players and wind chimes.
Sounds to Accompany a Highland Romance
Working with Louise Thompson, Health and Well Being Manager at Manchester Art Gallery, to produce a sound scape to accompany a display of paintings at the gallery: A Highland Romance; paintings depicting Victorian ideas of Scottishness. The intention of this piece was to enhance feelings of relaxation and well-being in the participants.
To coincide with the Collection display DLA Piper Series: Constellations, Najia invited families to make their own connections in sound using her collection of household objects and musical instruments. This installation in the Art Dock at Tate Liverpool aimed to bring sound into the gallery, to experiment with sound and play and to encourage families to communicate and have fun with each other through making sound.
During Liverpool Biennial 2014, Najia worked with FACT to produce a series of family sessions which happened both inside and outside the venue.
Inspired by Sharon Lockhart's film Podworka (courtyard in Polish), families explored how we can change the city through play. Families with children aged 0-11 took part in the installation which happened both inside and outside FACT in Liverpool.
You can read more about this project on this blog post from FACT's website.