STEVE COOKE AATA
Updated: Jun 4, 2021
Artists Bushra Sultana and R Khan are quite rightly enthusing about an inspirational new project.
‘Radical Kindness was inspired by the everyday kindness of people and communities through the Covid-19 pandemic. Alongside our gratitude to the NHS and key workers, we want to celebrate the power of community kindness and mutual aid that has been at the heart of our collective response to this crisis.’
The artists spoke to people from across Rochdale’s different neighbourhoods and communities to put together a patchwork of stories and experiences. The work tells a story of many acts of kindness that have helped people get through these unprecedented times.
Traditional collaging techniques were used, mixing traditional and more contemporary practices. The quotes of Rochdale’s people, alongside our landmarks, shows that these stories are about us and our place.
The artwork is in Rochdale town centre so that it is accessible to everyone. All of us have our own stories of the kindness we give and receive as communities, neighbours, friends, and family. The work is intended to inspire people to reflect on their own stories, and to feel proud of our borough.
Radical Kindness was commissioned and funded by Action Together, with support from the National Lottery Communities Fund.