Jaskirt Kaur Boora is an award-winning visual artist whose work focuses on a socially engaged practice, working with local communities in the West Midlands. She is interested in celebrating untold stories while exploring visual representations of gender, ethnicity and place.  

Since 2020 Boora has focused on creating work that can have a positive effect in her communities. Current projects include Aurat ki Himmat (A Woman's Strength), a collaboration with women's refuge Birmingham Crisis Centre, and the Arts Council England funded People, Place and Sport. Both projects explore personal stories through portraits and through a new series of workshops that centre the stories of women and young girls.

In September 2021 Boora won the RBSA 2021 Photography prize for her image of Aabidah Shah, taken from the body of work Birmingham Lockdown Stories. This work was commissioned by GRAIN Projects in 2020, exhibited at the international Format Festival 2021, and in early January 2021 sold out as Boora's first self published book. 

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. Boora has also been the recipient of awards including the Photo Imaging Council Award and the Magnum & Ideas Tap Sports Award for her work on Women's Football and Everyday Olympian's.

For more information on Jaskirt's work, to get in touch regarding commissions or to just say hello, feel free to get in touch.

Birmingham Lockdown Stories book
Self published book featuring work from Birmingham Lockdown Stories, 2020.
Format Festival 2021
Featuring work from Birmingham Lockdown Stories, 2020.
Format Festival 2021
Featuring work from Birmingham Lockdown Stories, 2020.
Blast! Photography Festival 2019
Mitti di Khushboo outdoor exhibition at Lightwoods park, Bearwood
Blast! Photography Festival 2019
Mitti di Khushboo outdoor exhibition at Lightwoods park, Bearwood
United Publication
Includes work from Cherry Blossom Trees and Birdsong, 2020.
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

Selected Commissions | Projects | Artist Residencies

  • People, Place and Sport project, 2021. Working in Partnership with Multistory and Birmingham Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival. Awarded Arts Council England project grant.
  • Publication of Aurat ki Himmat  (A Woman's Strength) zine. A HG31 Homegrown commission collaborating with women's refuge Birmingham Crisis Centre, 2020-21. 
  • Stans Cafe portrait commission for Inside project with Billesley Primary School, 2021.
  • Coventry Culture commission to photograph cyclists for the Gearing Up exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum and along the Coventry canals, 2020-21.
  • GRAIN Projects commission Birmingham Lockdown Stories, 2020.
  • Multistory commission of Mitti Di Khushboo for the Blast! Photography Festival, 2018-19.
  • Kalaboration & Cultural Olympiad commission for Everyday Olympian, 2012.
  • Fierce Festival artist residency, 2012.
  • MAC (Midland Art Centre) labs artist residency, 2010.
  • Terre Sont Frontiere, Tangier, Morroco artist residency, 2009.
  • Arts Council England project grant for British Asian Musicians, 2008.

Awards

Socially Engaged Workshops

In recent years Boora has expanded her practice to include participatory workshops with people in her community. This informs and sometimes is the project itself that she works on. 

  • People, Place and Sport project included two series of 6 workshops with elder women (50+) and young girls (from Shireland Primary school) exploring their life in sport, 2021.
  • Women's Refuge, Birmingham Crisis Centre, 2020-Ongoing. 
  • SAMPAD workshops with young people in response to the Dyche Archive collection, 2021.
  • GRAIN Projects leading art workshops with Coventry Migrant and refugee Centre and youth group Grapevine, 2021.
  • GRAIN Projects commission Birmingham Lockdown Stories, included Zoom workshops, 2020.

Exhibitions

Boora's work has been exhibited in group and individual exhibitions. Here are some of the places her work has been exhibited:

  • RBSA Photography Exhibition, 2021
  • Lightwoods house, as part of the Blast! Photography Festival 2019
  • Derby Format Festival, 2011 & 2021
  • Wembley Stadium
  • Ethihad Stadium
  • Manchester's People Museum
  • Lighthouse Gallery, Wolverhampton
  • The Public, West Bromwich
  • Coventry University Gallery
  • St Brendan's, Bristol
  • South Korea
  • UN Headquarters NY
  • Tangier Cinematoque, Morrocco
  • The Drum, Birmingham
  • New Arts Exchange, Nottingham
  • Digbeth Art Gallery, Birmingham
  • AOP Gallery, London
  • Foto8 Summershow, London
  • Nishkam Centre, Soho Road, Birmingham
  • Outdoor on public buses in Coventry
  • Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham

Publications

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:

  • Aurat ki Himmat (A Woman's Strength) zine, 2021
  • Birmingham Lockdown Stories Book, 2020 
  • The Sunday Times Magazine
  • The Guardian newspaper
  • British Journal of Photography
  • V&A British Asian Style book
  • Format Festival publication
  • Work Show Grow 2021 United publication
  • Fierce festival publication 
  • Plastic Childhoods, 2020, book by Peter Kraftl
  • No Go Press zine publication
  • Metro newspaper
  • Time of India newspaper
  • Redeye blog
  • Open Eye Gallery Blog
  • Eastern Eye newspaper
  • Desi blitz website
  • Birmingham Post
  • Birmingham Mail
  • BBC Asian Network podcast
  • BBC WM live radio show

Teaching | Lecturing | Work Experience

  • Birmingham City University (Visiting Lecturer) 2021-Ongoing
  • King Edward Sixth Form College, Nuneaton, 2012-Ongoing
  • Wolverhampton University (Visiting Lecturer) 2019-20
  • Coventry University (Assistant Photography Lecturer) 2012
  • St Brendan's Sixth Form College (2010-12)
  • BBC Asian Network, broadcast assistant and interactive content producer, 2006-2010

Education

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


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