MA Community Leadership
An MA Community Leadership student was invited to 10 Downing Street to present her work to the Prime Minister. Shahida Ahmed presented David Cameron with a vase she had made as part of the work she carried out in the local community during her MA Community Leadership Degree at Burnley Campus.
Shahida attended an event to celebrate Eid Ul Adha and was joined on the guest list by HRH Princess Badiyah from Jordan, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, MEP Sajid Karim and many other Muslims from the UK.
She said: “The Prime Minister was very interested in the work we have been doing with the local community and hearing about the impact the projects have had. He was very encouraging and supportive for these community projects to continue."
Shahida was inspired by a trip to Cordoba looking at interfaith dialogue and Pluralism which was part of her MA in Community Leadership. The collection she gave to the Prime Minister was white stoneware thrown pieces decorated in black slip. The clay was taken from the ground of Andalusia and mixed into the stone ware.
“I was fascinated about how the three faiths lived together and influenced each other in arts and culture.”
For Shahida, this was the latest in a long list of prestigious presentations. She has also presented works to Prince Charles, Gulgee, Iqbal Hussain, Jermaine Jackson and has works in numerous building around the world. She has led many creative projects and is the founder of the UK’s first hand written Qur’an.
Shahida stated: "art is a powerful tool which can be used to create dialogue and make communities stronger."