Presented By Roo Dhissou

Manji ,Charpai ,Daybed

25 - 26 August | 3:30 pm + 5:30 pm | Stratford Park, West Ham Lane, Newham, E154PT

Duration: Stay as little or as long as you like (Durational)

Meet artist Roo Dhissou and learn about the cultural significance of Manji’s, traditional South Asian woven beds.

Manjis are the Punjabi name for traditional South Asian woven beds, but they are also much more. They are spaces for rest, reflection, eating, communal gatherings or lying under the stars. They’ve become symbols of culture and community across South Asia.  

Join artist Roo Dhissou in a family-focused celebration of the Manji. Take a moment to rest under a canopy of trees in Stratford Park, learn about the art of manji-making and try some weaving yourself in this thoughtful reflection on culture and community. 

Manji ,Charpai ,Daybed is supported by the London Borough of Newham and Arts Council England. With thanks to Charcoal Blue. 

 Roo Dhissou 

Roo Dhissou is an artist and doctoral researcher who works with communities, diasporas and her own histories. Using community engaged practice, craft, cooking, performance and installation she explores how communal and individual identities are formed.

She has worked with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, New Art Gallery Walsall, The Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool, Primary, Eastside Projects, Ikon Gallery and more recently internationally in Spain, Canada and Poland via residencies. She is currently working on a practice-based PhD, fully funded by AHRC. Her title is, Cultural Dysphoria: exploring British Asian women artists’ experiences through arts practices. Roo is the recipient of several awards, most notably the Tate Liverpool artist award 2020 and is part of permanent collections in New Art Gallery Walsall, Surrey Art Gallery and The Arts Council Collection.

More Information

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Site Access

All shows at ParkWorks are free to attend. Just show up.  

Assistance Dogs Welcome 


Park Work is a relaxed event. You can join and leave at any time, move around and make noise.   

Level Access  

Level access on hard standing with concrete built in ramps for accessible entrance. 

Quiet Space  

A covered Quiet Space will be avaible for anyone who wishes to escape the crowds for some chillout time in a low sensory comfortable environment.  

Accessible Toilets  

Revolootion changing places facilities with a hoist and changing bench will be available at ParkWorks.  Please bring a sling to use the hoist.  

There will also be accessible toilets on site.  

Blue badge parking   

Blue Badge only bays- University of East London, Salway Road, Rick Roberts Way  

Drop-off point 

West Ham Lane, Stratford Park, E15 4PT 


For Access questions, contact [email protected] // 07899 893 935   

Show Access

BSL Sunday 25th Aug  

Join in with weaving with the artist Roo Dhissou  

Where to find it

Stratford Park, West Ham Lane, Newham, E154PT


The Photo Route from Stratford Station

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