Shelanu is a project ran by Craftspace, and is made up of a group of Women who have all moved to Birmingham from around the world. They meet each week in the City Centre to do activities including jewelry making, and learn more about Birmingham’s culture and heritage.

What is Shelanu?

Shelanu works in partnership with community organisations to provide opportunities for individuals to work collaboratively on participatory projects with professional artists, enabling people of all ages to access creative processes for enjoyment, for learning, and as a tool for personal and skills development.

Shelanu demonstrates how craft brings know­ how, material knowledge, skill, inventiveness, tenacity, monetary value and entrepreneurship to a wide number of contexts which contribute positively to economic, social, wellbeing, employment and cultural outcomes.
Through weekly craft/making sessions Shelanu helps women from migrant,refugee or newly arrived communities to learn new skills, build connections, make friends and develop their language skills. Shelanu members have often experienced isolation, making integration into the community sometimes difficult – the Women can also have poor English, lack confidence and aspiration; Shelanu’s creative sessions and community workshops address all of these issues, whilst teaching new Arts and Crafts skills, like jewellery making! The creative workshops will give the participants an opportunity to think about themselves, make friends, identify new networks and boost their self esteem.

Participants of Shelanu workshops have previously stated: “We think this activity was very fun for us all as we took part in activities that distracted us from other things. I hope we can have more activities alike or even the same one” and “Jewellery making was therapeutic and the Shelanu members were helpful. It’s great to see an end result so quickly. Thanks!”

Cost of project


If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?

If Shelanu were to receive the funding, they would use the money to put towards the running of more Arts and Crafts workshops for the Women to participate in. The funding would also be used to help with studio cost hire, and transport costs for the Women to attend the sessions if needed! Shelanu would also love to hold a celebration for these Women at a city centre venue where they could share their craft making skills with others!

Where can people go to find out more about Shelanu?

For more information about Shelanu, please contact:
Deirdre Figueiredo, MBE, Director.
Tel: 0121 608 6668A collective of migrant and refugee women who produce high quality craft objects currently working with Craftspace to develop a craft social enterprice.
You can also find out more about Shelanu by visiting their website.

Shelanu is also on Facebook and Twitter.


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