Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios are pleased to announce the recipient of a new one-month Artist Residency Award based at Fire Station Artists’ Studios. The award, offered to an artist from an ethnic minority background, will run for the month of June. The Residency timeframe incorporates International Refugee week (18-22 June 2018). It is funded through the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create.
Hina Khan’s work is the constant search for the best way to interpret ideas and express ideologies through symbolism. Having completed a BFA (Bachelor in Fine Arts) from F. G Degree College, she completed my MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) from FJWU (Fatima Jinnah Women University), Pakistan in 2003, with Miniature Painting as Major. Using a mixture of traditional and innovative techniques, Hina’s work portrays social issues, immigration and humanitarian crisis like prostitution, gender discrimination, restrictions, trauma, child abuse and killing.
Hina has participated in a number of exhibitions in recent years, and is currently developing a solo show, to be held on the 5th July 2018 at Ballina Art Center. Hina’s experience of living in a Direct provision Centre has had a marked impact on her work. Hina finds that living in fix boundaries makes it difficult to explore creativity and experimentation and has spent time researching the impact of such circumstances with fellow residence. This residency provides Hina space to work with freedom, enhancing her capabilities as an artist and is an opportunity to develop her collaborative arts practice further.