CHAMPIONING CREATIVITY IN B10
Meet our Workshop facilitators
Award winning photographer
Maryam Wahid is an artist who uses photography to convey her identity as a British Pakistani Muslim woman. Through her deeply rooted family history and the mass integration of South Asian migrants within the UK, her photographs explore womanhood, memory, migration and the notion of home and belonging.
Since graduating with a BA in Photography in 2018 she has won many prestigious awards, these include accolades from Format Festival, Photoworks and The Magenta Foundation. She was recently awarded ‘Portrait of Britain 2021’ by British Journal of Photography for her photograph, ‘Halima Jabeen in her front garden’.
In 2020, she featured on BBC’s Great British Photography Challenge programme with Rankin. Wahid’s work has been commissioned by The Guardian, The Financial Times, Wellcome Collection, The Telegraph and Digital Photographer Magazine. More recently, she was the lead artist for the Creative Connections project by the National Portrait Gallery and Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Poet and Written Word Artist
Shreen Mahmood, is a proud British Muslim, born in Birmingham, West Midlands. Previous posts have included NHS Marketing and Communications, Administrative Manager and Fundraising Executive. She is currently World Hijab Day UK Ambassador, and Muslims Connect Founder. She organises community events and workshops around pertinent issues such as women empowerment, confidence, mental health, family values, youth empowerment and much more. She has been invited to schools and youth groups as a motivational speaker, helping to raise aspirations.
VICTORIA PARK PRODUCTIONS
We specialise in curating relevant challenging seasons and festivals to diverse audiences across the UK. We are passionate about bringing great film and film exhibition to underserved audiences and celebrate representation on screen and community engagement.
RECNT PROJECTS Include the birmingham 2022 live festaivals, filmgage '22 and lockdown voices
ABOUT SMALL HEATH VOICES
Small Heath Voices is a participatory photography and written word project with families and residents from the Kashmiri and BAME community who are living within the Small Heath/Yardley ward of Birmingham. The project is a 4-month programme with local participants from underrepresented Muslim Kashmiri and BAME backgrounds.
During the workshop-based structure, participants will create their own photographic and narrative-based work and produce a portfolio of images and words, with accompanying captions which will be used as a final online showcase and exhibited work that celebrates and shares the cultural heritage of the Small Heath neighbourhood and increase Muslim citizens' pride in where they live. The project also aims to connect the community through this arts project that will help tackle community mental and physical well-being including the prevention or reduction of social isolation and loneliness. The project as aims to build self-confidence, self-worth and reduce isolation in beneficiary participants and residents of Small Heath’s Muslim and diverse community.
Creative photography Workshops