Diaspora-Artists logo


One Spirit Gallery

Haringey, London, United Kingdom

One of Shaheen Merali’s most important contributions has been his running of the One Spirit Batik Workshop and Gallery in a Haringey, North London community centre. From here, Merali ran batik-making workshops for a range of community groups, and programmed several important solo and group exhibitions of artists, some of whom lived close by. Over the course of 1990-1991, Merali programmed solo shows by Chila Kumari Burman, Tam Joseph (“The Local Man”). Also, a group show from South Africa, Artists with (dis) abilities. This initiative of Merali’s remains a fascinating, compelling and highly effective model of an artist’s engagement with his or her community.

One Spirit Batik Workshop and Gallery no longer exists.