Dawinder Bansal is an award-winning British producer and artist. She has a track record of creating brand new stage shows and immersive art installations by weaving South Asian cultural heritage and contemporary stories into her work. Her production for London’s Southbank Centre, Mother Tongues from Farther Lands, was a finalist for Best Stage Production 2017 in ITV’s Asian Media Awards. Dawinder’s more recent commission ‘Making of a South Asian Wedding’ (National Festival of Making) is currently sighted by ACE Creative People & Places programme as a leading example and best practice for creating work with and for diverse communities. As a consultant, she uses her expertise to help mid-large scale arts organisations and festivals to achieve diverse and non-arts attending audience engagement.
Throughout the past decade, she has produced site-specific shows, exhibitions, art installations and festivals to spark curiosity of new audiences and the national press. Clients include; National Festival of Making, Multistory, BBC, Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil (Brazil), Channel 4, English Heritage, Southbank Centre, Selfridges, Oldham Coliseum, Black Country Touring and Cast in Doncaster. Dawinder also was responsible for developing and producing Southbank Centre’s largest South Asian festival, ‘Alchemy’ for the Black Country region.
Dawinder’s recent commissions include; Asian Women & Cars: Road to Independence – exploring untold stories of first generation Asian women who learned to drive in the UK. Making of a South Asian Wedding – Commissioned by National Festival of Making, to engage diverse audiences by exploring wedding making traditions of South Asian communities during the 1980s era. Jambo Cinema – an autobiographical film and immersive living room experience about growing up in her parents Bollywood VHS film rental shop during the 1980s.
In 2018, Dawinder was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet with Prime Minister to discuss her work with communities and her ambition to use arts to address loneliness in the UK. In 2017 she was a recipient of a High Commendation by Asian Women of Achievement awards. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Arts Adviser to the prestigious Jerwood Arts Foundation and serves on the Diversity Board at ITV Central.
Dawinder will be speaking at AMA conference 2019 — Rewire: culture, audiences and you as part of the opening keynote: Sparking Connections, Creating Change.
Image courtesy of Dawinder Bansal — Art in Manufacturing artist commissions for The National Festival of Making 2018