Kremena joins East Street Arts as one of two artists researching and reporting on the history of Burmantofts and New Briggate as part of our Heritage Action Zone Project.
She enjoys working on socially engaged heritage projects with untold stories yet to be discovered and inviting communities to become history makers and helping them respond to their own social histories in creative ways.
Additionally, she is drawn to this project because of its creative potential. The choice of artistic journeys defines the output and is keen to see how the project develops in the coming months.
“THE HISTORIES OF BURMANTOFTS CERAMICS ARE UNDER THREAT OF ERASURE AND DISPLACEMENT. THIS PROJECT WILL ENSURE THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN. THIS PROJECT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO USE ART TO CONNECT LEEDS’S COMMUNITIES BY VISUALLY UNCOVERING AND REMINDING THEM ABOUT THEIR FASCINATING SHARED HISTORIES OF CLAY, INDUSTRY, AND MIGRATION.”
Finally, she hopes this project will demonstrate the importance and the need for creative collaborations within the heritage sector. Ideally, it will instigate future participatory, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational initiatives encouraging artists, historians, heritage professionals, and communities to work together to achieve their common goals of bringing to light untold historical narratives.