Exhibitions Events




Re-thinking Dhee Kahani
Workshop Exhibition at Stryx
03 October — 16 October 2021


Thirteen Ways of Looking, Herbert Gallery and Museum

2 October – 13 December 2020

Thirteen Artists and Curators show why one perspective is never enough.

Curated by Sylvia Theuri (PhD)

The title of this exhibition is inspired by Wallace Stevens’ poem ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’ (1917). The thirteen verses of the poem each describe the presence and movement of a blackbird in a different way - creating multiple perspectives and viewpoints of the bird. The blackbird in the poem symbolises the importance of flexibility and fluidity in order to create space for multiple forms of experience, knowledge and understanding.

This exhibition borrows from Stevens’ approach, bringing together existing and newly commissioned artworks by thirteen artists and curators. Their working practices bring forward international, multicultural, multi-faith and feminist perspectives which shift very much like those of the blackbird in the poem.

Thirteen Ways of Looking explores different strategies of resistance that overlap and intersect in the physical spaces of the gallery and digitally online. They challenge where art belongs, where it’s experienced and who is being addressed.

The participating artists and curators are: Hira Butt, Eddie Chambers, Sonya Dyer, Andreana Fatta, Hyphen-Labs, Navi Kaur, Shama Khanna, Roshini Kempadoo, Shiyi Li, Farwa Moledina, Keith Piper, Donald Rodney and Matías Serra Delmar.


Workshop Peep@Stryx with Styrx, Digbeth Birmingham.

1 Jun 2020 — 30 Oct 2020​

In June, 2020 Butt took a one-week long online residency with Stryx, ‘Peep@Stryx.’ The online residency programme was designed for 22 artists in Stryx’s pre-Covid19 programme and showcasing the diversity of artistic practices in the West Midlands.
The residency included an artist talk, home studio sneaky peek sessions live from Instagram and a community workshop that everyone was able to join from the comfort of their own home.

Butt took the residency to challenge herself to be in front of the camera in response to the ever-changing environment around her due to Covid19. The use of Instagram live to interact with viewers and let them sneak into her very personal home studio space was exciting and challenging at the same time for Hira.
Photo Credit: Marcin Sz

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Open Crit Residency @FailBetter 

In August 2019, Vicky Roden arranged open Crit for Butt to push herself into thinking about materials and the role they play in oriental cultural context.
Photo Credit: Marcin Sz


COMMUN’s program
13 February 2022- 7 March 2022



June 2022


Talk – Creative conversation with Female Artists of the Global Majority
The Migrant festival



Sunday 22 August 2021 / 2.00pm — 3.00pm

A roundtable discussion between artists Hira Butt, Nilupa Yasmin, Dr Bharti Parmar and Raksha Patel. Chaired by Ikon Research Assistant, Roo Dhissou.

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The Twin; Coventry Biennial 2019, New west midlands Art 2019, Coventry

2019 (4thOct-24Nov)

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Rethinking Dhee Kahani
Solo Show September 2021 @Stryx

03 September 2021- 19 September 2021
Photo Credit: Marcin Sz

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Residency Sharing @FailBetter 2019

In August 2019, Vicky Roden arranged residency sharing @FailBetter for Butt to share her residency results with the audience.
​Photo Credit: Marcin Sz