Breaking down barriers in the arts –An interview with Adil Mohammed Javed
We were delighted to host an interview with Adil Mohammed Javed, CEO at Alchemy Arts – a brilliant social enterprise set up to support underrepresented people work in the arts.
They are a business set up to break down barriers, dedicated to reclaiming the narrative, telling forgotten stories, and using the creative industries to raise up voices and empower communities. Adil discussed their projects which range from challenging the negative stereotypes of mental health in racialised communities and reducing social isolation in the elderly South Asian community (by supporting them to becoming more tech-savvy in their flagship project TEK Eagles) to Forgotten Soldiers of the War a documentary looking at the participation of Muslin soldiers in the British Army in WW1. He also talked about HerSay a programme supporting women from minority ethnic groups. We also looked more at the challenges of working in this space, the importance and limitations of representation and how the social enterprise model can help reduce racial inequalities.