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Rayna Nadeem

Rayna Nadeem is an artist and filmmaker working in the public realm. She specialises in film and arts projects within social-engagement, documentary, and site-specific practice.

Rayna's work often involves local people and places and has a participatory element, whereby the public becomes integral to the process, whether through the re-telling of stories, sharing of memories or the inclusion of their images. Rayna works in a range of digital media from video, photography and audio to print based work and installations. Her work is exhibited through public art projects, exhibitions, film festivals and screenings.

She co-founded the annual Clerkenwell Film & Video Festival and curated We Are East, a series of east London-themed film screenings.

Rayna collaborates with artists and arts organisations, and facilitates the making of films and digital art projects with young people and community groups. She has worked extensively with Creative Partnerships (A New Direction), BOOM Nation and Mouth That Roars.

She has also worked as a freelance editor for the international charity Save The Children editing films from South Sudan, Pakistan and Colombia, and her work has featured in The Guardian online newspaper:
South Sudan: Birth of a Nation
Pakistan Floods: Gulnaz's Story

Some of Rayna's recent projects include:
- Artist filmmaker in residence at City of London Cemetery and Crematorium.
- Facilitator and producer of Gaza Trilogy, a film project for young people in Palestine, for Save the Children.
- Lead artist on 1 Square Mile project in Waltham Forest
- Your Place or Mine, social-engagement, web-based, audio and photographic project in Newham Your Place or Mine.

Contact: or call 07946 632412

Commissioned Projects include...


It's a Newham Thing -
It's a Newham Thing is an audio and photographic project that explores and celebrates locality.
25 revealing interviews recorded on location with Newham residents, sharing personal stories about their chosen place, and plotting an alternative map of Newham.
Take a ride over the lesser-known contours of this east London borough's social geography, stopping off at a pub with a no booze policy, a pre-war bath-house, and a jazz club in a railway arch. Witness urban food-growing on an estate, hang out with the Daleks from Dr Who, and listen to a Sri Lankan Elvis-impersonator.

Commissioned by Newham New Deal Partnership (NDP), Funded by an Olympic Lottery Transformers grant, ELBA, LB of Newham & Arts Council of England.

With stirring and uplifting imagery reflecting our imagined afterlife, this contemplative film offers a fascinating insight into the workings of the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, the largest in the UK. While critiquing our age's ghoulish perceptions of graveyards, DeadLife provides a poignant existential meditation on nature, beauty, life and death.

Commissioned by The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium
Underneath The Arches Underneath The Arches
A film produced as a result of a two-month residency at Bushey Arches - a major transport interchange in Watford and an historical landmark. In this social-engagement film, Rayna creatively collaborated with local people to find out their views on heritage and environmental issues.
Artist-in-residence at the Watford Museum, commissioned by Green Heart Partnerships, LANS & Watford Council
Tales To Tell

Tales To Tell
A site-specific installation and short film project about the colourful historical characters that once frequented London's Docklands area, many of whom arrived with the ships and cargo from the colonies. An homage to the characters whose lives are re-created and re-told by the present-day Docklands community.
The installation project also featured a 50 metre washing line at West India Quay

Site-specific public art commission by River Cultures Festival, screened at Museum of Docklands, funded by the Arts Council of England
Talkback 20/20 Talkback 20/20
Video Installation for Kali Theatre Company in London's Soho Theatre. Inspired by the Asian women new playwrights workshop.
Supergrass Supergrass
Residency and digital film commission made at Scrattons Farm Estate, East London, working in conjunction with the residents committee and local government officers.
Commissioned by A13 Artscape Public Art project, LB Barking & Dagenham

Education/Partnership projects include...

Healthy Living
Creative Digital Photography and IT workshops with the over 55's group at Poplar HARCA
on the theme of health, well-being and environment.
London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Finishing and Starting
A three year documentary film project at William C Harvey special needs school in north London.
Creative Partnerships, A New Direction.

The Fellowship Project
A digital photography project with schools and community groups in
Waltham Forest screened at the BBC big screen, Walthamstow.

Creative Roleplay
Surrey Square Infants School, Southwark
A creative film project looking at nature, plants , props and creative roleplay.
A New Direction

Nationwide film-making touring project for young people.
Sponsored by MTV, V and Clubs for Young People.

Our Olympics
Kingsmead Primary School, Hackney.
Documentary film project looking at the impact of the Olympics with Year 6 pupils.
Funded by CP East

My London, My Home, My School
St.Margaret Clitheroe Primary documentary film project about recyling, reducing & reusing.
Funded by Creative Partnerships London West.

We Wear Jeans
Documentary heritage film project with young women in Camden.

Tamil Voices
Creative documentary film project at Villiers High School, Southall, funded by Creative Partnership West. Winner of the Diana Anti-Bullying Award.

All About Us (B&D Young People's Film Festival)
Film-making residency tutor at Barking & Dagenham Youth Training services.

The Hood
Documentary film at Toffee Park Youth Centre, London EC1.
A Blowing Up production, funded by Awards for All.

Reflective Conversations
Professional development project with Teachers and Artists at
Rushcroft School, Walthamstow.
Creative Partnerships London North