Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is set to host a photographic exhibition shining a spotlight on the region’s Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) community this April.

Opening on Thursday 9 April, the day after International Romani Day, the exhibition will be the second iteration of Family Matters / Chestiuni de familie by local photographer Anthony Weir, and has been organised in partnership with Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) as part of its ongoing Roma Project, founded with the aim of tackling exploitation of the Roma community and advancing their social inclusion in Coventry.

First held in Coventry as part of the university’s Romani Week celebrations in 2015, Weir’s exhibition went on to appear at the Roma Women’s Congress in Barcelona in 2018, and will also form part of a workshop on GRT people in Higher Education taking place at Coventry University’s ICE Building on Thursday 27 February.

Titled Welcoming Culture in Universities – Awareness of Gypsy Roma Traveller’s Culture, the workshop will bring together GRT and non-GRT academics, artists and policymakers in a bid to better understand the challenges faced by the community at local, regional and national levels. By exploring the barriers to Higher Education, it will help to inform efforts to make universities more welcoming to marginalised communities.

Opening at the Belgrade on Thursday 9 April, the second iteration of Family Matters will feature brand new material, which the Roma Project’s Anthony Weir and Rosa Cisneros are working with Roma families to gather in Coventry this month.

Krysztina Winkel, Embedded Community Producer at the Belgrade Theatre, said: “At the Belgrade Theatre, we’re always excited to be team up with local artists and to find ways of collaborating with our communities both inside and outside the building. We’re delighted to be supporting Rosa and Anthony with their work on the Roma Project, and look forward to welcoming members of the Roma community to the Belgrade, as well as anyone interested in finding out more.”

Rosa Cisneros of the Roma Project and a research artist at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research said: “This is the first time a major cultural heritage organisation like the Belgrade Theatre has opened its doors to the Roma community in Coventry. We are so excited to collaborate and to co-create meaningful work that offers a counter-narrative to common misconceptions.”

Family Matters / Chestiuni de familie will open at the Belgrade Theatre on Thursday 9 April, following a workshop at Coventry University’s ICE Building on Thursday 27 February. Find out more about the previous iteration of the exhibition at rosasencis.org/portfolio/691.