Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora

Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora is an award-winning visual artist whose work focuses on a socially engaged practice.She is interested in celebrating untold stories while exploring visual representations of gender, ethnicity and place.  

Dhaliwal-Boora creates work with the aim to empower and give voice to marginalised communities. Her latest work includes Inhale, Exhale a short film for BBC Arts and a large scale photographic exhibition People, Place and Sport, in partnership with Multistory and Birmingham2022 Festival. People, Place and Sport was exhibited in multiple outdoor exhibitions across Sandwell and Birmingham during the 6 month festival.

In 2021 she collaborated with a women's refuge to publish the zine Aurat ki Himmat(A Woman’s Strength). People, Place and Sport and Aurat ki Himmat explore personal stories through portraits, details of place and conversations through workshops and interviews.

Dhaliwal-Boora is building on previouswork with women’s refuges through the TRACE mentorship programme, which will culminatein a group exhibition in London 2023. The new work will investigate internationalissues of violence against women and healing from trauma in a new series of workshops and the creation of an installation visualising data.  

In January 2022 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's(BMAG) acquired 12 of the portraits from Birmingham LockdownStories (2020) as part of their permanent collection, including the BJPPortrait of Britain awarding winning image of Dr Mavi. This work was commissioned by GRAIN Projects in 2020 and in January 2021 sold out as Dhaliwal-Boora'sfirst self published book

Dhaliwal-Boora’s work has been exhibited nationally, including Wembley stadium and Manchester’s People Museum, and has been widely published, including in The Sunday Times and The Guardian.Dhaliwal-Boora has also been the recipient of awards including the BJPPortrait of Britain, Photo Imaging Council Award and the Magnum & Ideas TapSports Award for her work on Birmingham Lockdown StoriesWomen's Football and Everyday Olympian.

Selected Commissions | Projects

2022-23 TRACE Mentorship with a group exhibition in London 2023
2022 BBC Arts commission short film Inhale, Exhale for BBC iPlayer
2021-22 People, Place and Sport. A total of 10 outdoor exhibitions and a self published book. Working in Partnership with Multistory and Birmingham  2022 Festival. 
2020-21 Zine publication of Aurat ki Himmat (A Woman's Strength), raising £500 for women's refuge Birmingham Crisis Centre. A HG31 Homegrown commission.
2021-22 SAMPAD commission to take photographs and run workshops with young people for the From City of Empire, to City of Diversity exhibition. 
2021 Stans Cafe portrait commission for Inside project with Billesley Primary School.
2020-21 Coventry Culture commission to photograph cyclists for the Gearing Up exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum and along the Coventry canals.
2020 GRAIN Projects commission Birmingham Lockdown Stories.
2018-19 Multistory commission of Mitti Di Khushboo for the Blast! Photography Festival.
2012 Kalaboration & Cultural Olympiad commission for Everyday Olympian.
2008 British Asian Musicians, funded by Arts Council England.
2006-7 Women's Football commission and award from The Photo Imaging Council


2021 BJP(British Journal of Photography) Portrait of Britain winner. For the portraitof Dr Mavi from Birmingham Lockdown Stories
2021 Shortlist for Women Behind the Lens award forwork on Mitti di Khushboo
2021 RBSA (Royal Birmingham Society of Artists)Photography first prize winner (£1000 award) for portrait of Aabidah Shahfrom Birmingham Lockdown Stories
2012 Magnum & Ideas Tap Photography Award forthe EverydayOlympian body of work

2007 PhotoImaging Council Award for Women's Football body of work.

Socially Engaged Workshops

In recent years Dhaliwal-Boora has expanded her practice to include participatory workshops with people in her community. This informs and sometimes is the project itself. Some of the community groups and organisations Boora has worked with include:

2022 GRAINProjects commission to run workshops with the Canal and River Trust and OasisFoundry as part of their Faces of 2022 project.

2022 DerbyQuad Gallery workshops on shooting portraits.
2021 People, Place and Sport project included a series of6 workshops with elder women (50+) exploring their life in sport.
2021 SAMPAD workshops with young people in response tothe Dyche Archive collection for the From City of Empire, to City ofDiversity exhibition. Collages and portraits made in the workshops exhibited atThe Library of Birmingham in 2022. 
2020-21 Women's Refuge, Birmingham Crisis Centre workshops,culminating in individual zines and the collaborative zine Aurat ki Himmat.
2021 GRAIN Projects leading art workshops with Coventry Migrant andrefugee Centre and youth group Grapevine, 2021. Photographs made from theworkshop exhibited outdoors in Coventry City Centre in 2021. 
2020 GRAIN Projects commission Birmingham Lockdown Stories,included socially engaged workshops via Zoom.
2018-19 Mitti di Khushboo, workshops with family to document theirhistories and archival photographs.

Artist Talks

2022 (Nov) London College of Communication, BA Photography Course, in person

2022 (Oct) Ikon Gallery, Small Press Fair reading

2022 (Sept) PostCollective, Instagram Live with Jessica McDermott

2022 (Aug) WorkShowGrow Artist Salon talk, zoom

2022 (Aug) Victoria Square festival live site, in person

2022 (July) New Oscott Primary School, artist talk to primary school children about having a career in the arts, in person

2022 (May)  Moseley Road baths, People, Place and Sport artist talk and Q&A with Jess Piete (Multistory)

2022 (May) Bolton University, BA Photography Course, zoom

2021 (May) Kube Gallery,  panel discussion on Diversity in British Documentary with Gavin Robinson, Lloyd Ramos, Francheska Roberts, Laura Tobin and Ben Roberts, zoom

2020 (Aug) GRAIN Projects, Photo cafe talk with Anthony Luvera, Liz Wewiora and Nicola Shipley on socially engaged photography

2009 (Nov) Coventry University, BA Photography Course, in person

2008 (July) TheDrum, British Asian Musicians exhibition, in person

Lecturing | Media Work

2022-Ongoing Birmingham City University, photography lecturer and L4 lead coordinator 
2021-22 Birmingham City University, visiting lecturer on the L4 photography course
2012-2021 King Edward Sixth Form College, Nuneaton, lecturer in photography and creative media production.
2019-20 Wolverhampton University, visiting lecturer on the L5 photography course
2012 Coventry University, Assistant Photography Lecturer (6month contract)
2010-12 St Brendan's Sixth Form College, photography lecturer
2006-2010 BBC Asian Network, broadcast assistant and interactive content producer


2009-10 PGCE Cert Ed, Wolverhampton University
2004 - 2007 First Class in BA (Hons) Communication, Culture and Media, Coventry University


Portraits from MAC Labs residency, MAC at 60 exhibition, Midlands Art Centre, Sept - Nov 2022

Birmingham Lockdown Stories, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, March - October 2022

Birmingham Lockdown Stories, Birmingham City Council House, April 2022 – Ongoing

People, Place and Sport main outdoor exhibit at Sandwell Valley Country Park, July-August 2022

People, Place and Sport, 8 community locations including Bournville Green, Birmingham Coach Station, Moseley Road Baths, St Pauls Square, Haden Hill Leisure Centre in Rowley Regis, Hadley Stadium in Smethwick, Wednesbury Leisure Centre and West Bromwich Leisure Centre, April - August 2022

People, Place and Sport, Birmingham 2022 Victoria Square Live Site, August 2022

Portraits from SAMPAD workshops, From City of Empire, to city of Diversity exhibition, Library of Birmingham, March - July 2022

Birmingham Lockdown Stories, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) Photography Open Exhibition, July - Sept 2021

Birmingham Lockdown Stories, FORMAT International Photography Festival Derby, March - December 2021

Mitti di Khushboo (the Smell of the Land), Lightwoods house, part of the Blast! Photography Festival, 2019

Women’s Football, The Lanchester Gallery, Coventry, 2013

Everyday Olympian, The Drum, Birmingham, 2012

Everyday Olympian, Centro buses in Coventry, 2012

Everyday Olympian, SouthKorea group show, 2012

Everyday Olympian, Foto8 Summershow, London, 2012

Everyday Olympian, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, 2012

Women’s Football, Wembley Stadium, 2011

British Asian Musicians, Hereford Photography Festival, 2011  

Women’s Football, Etihad Stadium, 2011

The Photography Collective, exhibition at Format Festival, 2011

Women’s Football, Manchester's People Museum, 2011

British Asian Musicians, New Arts Exchange, Nottingham, 2010 

Women’s Football, The Public, West Bromwich part of State of Play exhibition, 2010

Women’s Football, St Brendan's gallery, Bristol, 2010

Midlands Art Centre residency exhibition at Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, 2010

Bearwood portraits shown as part of Martin Parrs Show me a Secret exhibition, The Public, West Bromwich, 2010

Women’s Football, Lighthouse Gallery, Wolverhampton, 2009

British Asian Musicians, The Drum, Birmingham, 2009

And’Art artist residency groupexhibition, Tangier Cinemateque, Morocco, 2009

Puti Chappal shown as part ofSuperstitions exhibition at AOP (Association of Photographers) gallery, 2009

Bearwood portraits shown as part of Keylight Studios, London group exhibition, 2009

Sikhism Project, Nishkam Centre, Soho Road, Birmingham, 2009

Women’s Football, Coventry University Gallery, 2007

Women’s Football, UN Headquarters NY, 2007

Women’s Football, NEC, The Photography Show, 2007

Women’s Football, Redditch community hall, Birmingham City Women Football Ground, 2006


Dhaliwal-Boora has self published her work, as well as having had her work featured in major publications. Here are some of the publications her work has featured in:

People, Place and Sport book, 2022

Aurat ki Himmat (A Woman's Strength) zine, 2021

Birmingham Lockdown Stories Book, 2020 

The Guardian, Best Shot, 2022

BBC Midlands Today, 2022

The Sunday Times Magazine, 2012

The Guardian newspaper, 2010

British Journal of Photography, 2007

V&A British Asian Style book, 2009

Format Festival publication, 2011 & 2021

Work Show Grow 2021 United publication, 2021

Fierce festival publication, 2012

Plastic Childhoods book by Peter Kraftl, 2020

No Go Press zine publication, 2021

Metro newspaper, 2012

Time of India newspaper, 2007

Redeye blog, 2021

Open Eye Gallery Blog, 2021

Eastern Eye newspaper, 2009

Desi blitz website, 2019

Birmingham Post, 2008

Birmingham Mail, 2008 & 2022

BBC Asian Network radio, 2008 & 2022

BBC WM live radio show, 2008 & 2022

The Guardian 'My Best Shot'
Featuring portrait of Mav from People, Place and Sport (2022)
People, Place and Sport
Exhibitions across Birmingham and Sandwell, part of the official Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 Festival
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Unprecedented Times exhibition features portraits from the Birmingham Lockdown Stories, 2022
Portrait of Britain Award winner 2021
Showcased across the country with BJP and JCDecaux
Birmingham Lockdown Stories book
Self published book featuring work from Birmingham Lockdown Stories, 2020.
Blast! Photography Festival 2019
Mitti di Khushboo outdoor exhibition at Lightwoods park, Bearwood
Sunday Times Spectrum Magazine
Featuring work from Everyday Olympian, 2012
British Journal of Photography
Featuring work from Women's Football, 2006-2011
V&A Publication British Asian Style
Featuring work from British Asian Musicians, 2008-9
V&A Publication British Asian Style
Featuring work from British Asian Musicians, 2008-9
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