Fareda Khan is an independent art curator and producer for Rasa Productions Ltd. She has written and edited twelve publications on South Asian contemporary visual culture. As well as working in theatre production and hybrid–art forms, she recently curated an international site-specific outdoor commission for the Tour De France cultural programme, Yorkshire Festival, with acclaimed artist Imran Qureshi. Fareda co-founded the agency Shisha, supporting artists of South Asian descent from the UK and Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka through international exhibitions, residencies, film and academic seminar programmes with high profile arts and cultural institutions such as the British Council, Arts Council England, Triangle Arts Trust, VASL and museums, galleries and universities across the UK and South Asia. These projects included, ArtSouthAsia, the Rusholme Project (Manchester International Festival), Between Kismet and Karma: South Asian Women Artists Respond to Conflict and Araam: Breathing Space. She has profiled and mentored a generation of artists introducing them to galleries and audiences across the north of England and other regions.
She is an active Board member on a number arts organisations including Mid Pennine Arts and Rasa Productions Ltd and her work is challenging, provocative and exploratory, addressing diversity, representation and gender though contemporary art platforms.
Fareda was a finalist in the national Asian Women of Achievement Awards for Arts and Culture 2005 and recipient of Arts Council Art04 awards.