BBC Asian Network Radio. ‘At the Heart of the Nation: India in Britain’.

Press Shows&Screenings / 06.10.17

Patchwork Archivists; Existence as Resistance

Art Talks / 08.09.17

Sunday, September 10, 2017 – 13:15 – 14:45 Festival Bargehouse Barge House St London SE1 9QS   Join me & the Patchwork Archivists for screenings from the series, ‘Four Women, Five stories’, followed by a workshop and a discussion.  

Reel Equality Panel, Nottingham Contemporary

Talks / 25.08.17

Earlier this week, I spoke on a panel at The Nottingham Contemporary, alongside Michelle Hubbard, Black Lives Matter with Patcee Francis as chair. Our discussion followed the screening of Hidden Figures, hosted by Equation’s Reel Equality (feminist) Film club.   The focus of this panel was on the (under)representation of black and other ‘minority’ women […]

NEW COMMISSION! ‘Art as Life’, Derby Quad

Lightseekers News / 15.07.17

Lightseekers has been commissioned by The Derby QUAD, for a new project. Entitled ‘Art as Life. A Practice for everyday life’.   During this commission, we will focus on the region of Derbyshire and its localised history of art and craft production. The project facilitates space for participants to share skills and exchange knowledge through a […]

The State of Photography II : Symposium, 16 Jun

Lightseekers Talks / 16.05.17

I’m pleased to be among the speakers at this symposium, but it delights me more that my work as a socially engaged artist is finally a topic of discussion within professional photographic practice.   Among the questions to be debated in this symposium: – Is it important to come from a community or do you […]

‘Protection’ screening, RCA

Shows&Screenings / 16.05.17

Procreate Projects presents: OXYTOCIN – Birthing the world   Royal College of Art, London – 3rd June 2017   Oxytocin is a one-day symposium and programme of performances about women,carers, mother art, maternal health & wellbeing.   Event website.

Re. Connecting Struggles, Uni of Leicester. 5th Jun

Lightseekers Talks / 01.05.17

A one-day workshop to connect people who work on different struggles across continents, class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, etc. Scholars, artists and activists to take a lead in an interactive conversation that aims to align different struggles while addressing social inequities. Presentations will share knowledge on particular struggles while workshops aim to (re)connect and […]

TV Interviews for Migration Museum

Press / 25.04.17

I was interviewed by @felipethejourno from German TV channel, ZDF & CNN for the launch of a new temporary exhibition space The Workshop London. Two very different interviews!


Talks / 20.03.17

Annual Event: How do we make art. How do we maintain our art practice. Where do we look for help.   The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln Friday 24th March 2017, 10am – 5pm   Aimed at artists, students and academics, as well a non-practising public, this event discusses how, where and why we produce art […]

Four Women, Five Stories: Film Screening and Q&A

Talks / 03.03.17

As part of International Women’s Day, I will be in conversation with Dr Melanie Kennedy from the School of Media, Communication and Sociology.   6.15 – 7.15pm Ken Edwards Lecture, Theatre 2 University of Leicester

‘Samsara’ @Attenborough Arts Centre

Art Leverhulme Lightseekers / 07.02.17

‘Samsara’ as part of The Attenborough Arts Centre ‘Takeover’. This display follows the inaugural launch of ‘Liberation’, at the Charles Wilson building in November 2016. Over 100 people contributed to this collaborative exhibition, from eight different community groups.   This work reflects my transition from lens-based media towards visual and alternative art-forms. Over the past few years, my interest has moved […]

Step Up, European Youth Video Award. Jury Member

Journal / 19.01.17

I’ve been invited to participate as a jury member for the WAVE (Women Against Violence Europe) Step-Up Campaign, in Brussels.   The pan-European Youth Video Award was created in order to bring more youth involvement to the StepUp campaign. Young people (18-25 years old), youth organisations, film schools and media departments of universities were encouraged to participate […]

Woven Stories and Other Projects (2013 – 2016).

Leverhulme Lightseekers News Shows&Screenings / 17.01.17

This exhibition combines selected works produced in collaboration between myself and different communities within local, national and international settings. It demonstrates an ambition to integrate work produced by artists and the communities they represent.   The centrepiece installation entitled, ‘Samsara’, (previously Liberation/Moksha), is new work created as part of my Leverhulme artist residency at the University of […]

‘Be Fearless’. Irene Shamma

Journal / 20.11.16

‘When the forest is gone, life is gone. The music stops and the party is over. To heal our planet from all the wounds we’re causing, we need to start looking inside for the wounds that are begging to be healed. We need to face and let go of every conflict, every fear and every pain […]

Do Arts and Culture Need a Digital Suffragette Movement?

Lightseekers Talks / 20.11.16

Panel Discussion, ‘Taking the Lead: Do Arts and Culture Need a Digital Suffragette Movement?’ at Rough Trade, Nottingham on Wed 23 November 2016, 18:00 – 20:00. The event was chaired by Tobi Oredein, journalist, editor and founder of Black Ballad, with speakers Rachel Anderson, creative producer and founder of Idle Women, Kaylea Mitchem, founder of Fan Club […]

Activism, Art & Social Change

Lightseekers Talks / 13.11.16

Panel Discussion. 5th Nov 2016, 2pm – 4pm Artists Kajal Nisha Patel and Sunil Shah hosted a panel discussion with the collaborators of their commission a ‘rebel scene’. Joined by representatives from Nottingham’s rebel women, Nottingham Women’s Centre and the Sparrows’ Nest, they discussed the issues communities face today, how groups occupy spaces for change […]

Diwali Light

Journal / 29.10.16

I’ve noticed it’s becoming fashionable to celebrate one’s own culture. 3rd, 4th 5th generation seem to be much more self aware than previous generations, including my own. This is très cool.   Hopefully we can now begin return to the ideologies of the better parts of our culture, found in yoga, meditation, the symbolism behind festivals such […]

Photography Intro. The Loughborough University

Lightseekers Talks / 10.11.16

A one off Photography session at the University of Loughborough. Mon 14 November 2016, 19:30 – 21:30.

Twenty-Eight Hours

Journal Lightseekers / 11.08.16

After being awarded Leverhulme Artist in Residence in January 2016, I promised myself I would keep a diary and blog about my experiences. It hasn’t really happened.   I really admire the younger generation for their ability to vlog, blog and write so confidently. The economy of sharing seems to come quite naturally to the […]

💥 ‘Black Feminism & the Politics of WOC in Europe’. Edinburgh, 3rd Sept 💥

Talks / 08.08.16

A one-day symposium. I’ll be sharing some of my latest work & research on the working & domestic lives of British South Asian women. This unique event features presentations from a very diverse selection of scholars, activists and artists. ‘The symposium is a concerted effort to organise outside of feminism’s white gaze. Our goal is not […]

Cultural Fabric Talk. The New Walk Museum; 10th Aug.

Talks / 29.07.16

Cultural Fabric. Wed 10th August 10.30am – 12pm.   I’ll be leading a conversation at The New Walk Museum, drawing on the subject of Syrian Artist, Mohamad Khayata‘s tapestry project ‘Stitching My Syria Back’. The series represents Mohamad’s desire to reunite and ‘stitch’ back together with hopes of one day returning home. Unfortunately, Mohamad will not […]

Woven Stories, An Intergenerational Workshop

Leverhulme Lightseekers / 18.07.16

Session1. After lots of planning, we just delivered our first workshop to a cohort of women, connected by a personal interest to build a better relationship with their mother or come to terms with loss. This session was structured to deliver activities in order to provoke emotional responses, stories and feelings which are often left unresolved in […]

Selected by CVAN for DOCUMENT

News / 10.06.16

A huge amount of respect for non London centric projects that are set up to support emerging artists. A similar project was launched when I was starting out in 2007/8, when I received a bursary to purchase my first professional camera. Back then, I was just a small girl with big dreams.   As I […]

Kajal Nisha Patel – Photographer in Flight

Art Press / 23.05.16

The birds in the image towards the end of this article symbolise those who walk with me, those who reject fear and those who embrace love at every turn.   It’s difficult to explain how I feel after reading this. The Migration Museum have long supported my endeavours and this piece tells me that they […]

Energy pti

Journal / 29.03.16

Coversations with God

Cookery Workshops!

Journal Leverhulme / 13.05.16

Learn cooking from the masters.   Local British South Asian women will share cooking skills. You will be able to cook, taste and share ideas to create your own fusion food recipes. You will learn and develop essential life skills and build/gain confidence in your own abilities.   Register your interest here. (We will contact you shortly with further details).

New Storytelling Website!

Leverhulme / 17.04.16

First stories now up on the new website which is dedicated to the participatory component of my Leverhulme Artist Residency.From March – December 2016, I’ll be researching the working and domestic lives of British South Asian women.If you would like to share your story, please visit & hit submit. International submissions will also be considered if your story meets the ‘Mother-Daughter’ relationship criteria.

Royal Photographic Society (video)

Talks / 01.04.16

A lovely opportunity passed onto me by Abbie Trayler-Smith since she was on assignment in Nigeria. The staff and students at Ravensbourne were wonderful.   See more at:

Chinese Studies PhD reading group (ChiSRA)

Talks / 31.03.16

I was invited by Stephanie Lu (PhD Museum Studies, University of Leicester), to share my work with The Chinese Studies PhD reading group (ChiSRA). It was particularly interesting to compare notes on rural to urban migration within India and China.

Baby Nilu

Journal / 29.03.16

Jantar Mantar

Journal / 22.03.16

Jantar Mantar Observatory, Delhi as depicted by William Simpson of Glasgow in 1859. Commissioned by Day & Son, one of the largest and most prominent lithographic firms of the second third of the nineteenth century. Simpson’s collection of 250 watercolours was sold off as bankrupt stock after the firm went into liquidation.   The Observatory […]


Journal / 15.03.16

First Entry

Dr Maria Rovisco chairs panel on global migration

Talks / 18.02.16

I will share the stage with:   Mirjam Abigail Twigt (Department of Sociology and Media and Communication, University of Leicester) Ambrose Musiyiwa (local activist, poet and photographer) Michaela Smith (activist in LE Solidarity, currently involved in aid work at Dunkirk refugee camp).   Further info:

Flaneur, PORTRAIT; First Art

News Shows&Screenings / 09.04.15

PORTRAIT: People and Places of the First Art Area; Mansfield.  I am officially a flâneuse following four months of photographing people living in the areas surrounding Chesterfield. Drawing on my mother’s experience of working in Leicester’s textiles & hosiery industry, for this project my curiosity was directed towards the remnants of local garment production, its related cottage industries along with […]

Magenta Flash Forward Festival, Boston (video)

Shows&Screenings / 16.06.14

Fabric. Group show at the Fairmont Battery Wharf, Boston. Thankfully I’m not in the video, but I was in Boston for the launch and met some good people.

#100 Stories Exhibition

Shows&Screenings / 13.01.14

As I attempt to reach the wider public with my work, my interaction with universities has increased over the past few years. I was offered an opportunity to showcase my work within a project called 100 Stories of Migration in 2014. This was a unique collaboration between The Migration Museum, London and The School of […]

Exhibition. Street Level Photoworks

Shows&Screenings / 30.05.13

A group Exhibition with Ken Grant : Moira Lovell : Louis Quail. Runs 1st – 23rd June 2013

Interview. FORMAT13 Festival. Factory

Press / 23.12.12

A short interview taken during FORMAT13 press launch at St Pancras Station, London. I’m delighted to have been been selected as an exposure exhibitor.   “The festival theme focuses on several aspects of factory and working life such as automation, live to work/work to live, the products and impacts of factories, communicated through exhibitions, performances and […]

Flight to Greenham Exhibition, Newbury

Art Shows&Screenings / 08.11.12

In 1972 leader Idi Amin expelled the entire Asian population of the country, giving them 90 days to leave the country.   My first collaboration with Sunil Shah; Artist, Writer, Curator. After connecting with Sunil on Twitter last year, I was delighted when he contacted me with a view to showing some of my work […]

Migration Exhibit @LCB, Leicester

Shows&Screenings / 20.03.12

‘Migration – Our Story So Far’. (The Golden Mile). 20th March 2012 – 3rd April 2012

Selected. Everyone’s a Curator – Miniclick Response Exhibit

Shows&Screenings / 13.11.13

Brighton Photo Fringe, 2013 hosted the first ever Miniclick Response Exhibition at the Fringe HQ at Phoenix, Brighton with Lucy Bell Gallery.   Around 100 photographers submitted 700+ images from all over the world. The idea was that people dropping in could get involved in the mass curation of an exhibition. The event was very […]

Finalist. Yumi Goto’s Asian Women Photographer Showcase

News Shows&Screenings / 23.12.12

I’m delighted to be selected as a finalist for the 2nd “Asian Women Photographers Showcase” (AWPS), which will be presented at the Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival between February 8th to 14th, 2013. Over 70 projects were submitted, AWPS founder and curator Yumi Goto has selected three winners and nine finalists to participate at the […]

Shortlisted – Culture

News Shows&Screenings / 27.09.12

I have been shortlisted as one of the top 5 finalists, voted most by the readers during the period 15 August – 15 September 2012. “Shared stories of Asia and Europe” is an international photography competition. Our work will be showcased at The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF).

Selected! Culture Cloud, New Art Exchange

Art News / 17.07.12

New Art Exchange in Nottingham worked with Artfinder to develop Culture Cloud, a virtually curated art programme/competition which allowed audiences to select work uploaded by artists by voting on it.   The £7 million Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a partnership between Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta. […]


Journal / 30.12.15

Ramapir slum. Ahmedabad, India. ‘Some will say no life is a waste. Others will claim waste or usefulness are both illusions of purpose in a purposeless, indifferent universe’. Animesh Ray. Molecular Geneticist.

The Eye Festival, Aberyswyth

Talks / 21.06.14

30th June, 2014.

Portrait Salon Talk: Fuse, Bradford

Talks / 05.02.14

I’m delighted to be speaking alongside founders; James O Jenkins, Carole Evans and Photographer, Rick Pushinsky as part of Portrait Salon’s event at Fuse Arts Space – Bradford.

Kampala to Leicester

Art Shows&Screenings / 01.05.12

I’ve been commissioned by The Leicester New Walk Museum to deliver a series of participatory workshops to a group of Muslim women at St Barnabas Library, Evington. In 1972 tens of thousands of Asians were told to leave Uganda within 90 days, by President, General Idi Amin. This group installation will be curated to commemorate […]

Indian Britain, BBC Radio2

Press / 15.08.12

I was interviewed by Hardeep Singh Kohli during his UK road trip. As part of this programme, he visited Leicester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Bristol and Bath, to discover how British and Indian cultures have integrated.   Nitin Sawhney was also interviewed for this episode and this was a huge deal for me since his music has inspired my own ideas. […]

Lightseekers Exhibition @Atkins Hosiery Factory, Hinckley

Lightseekers Shows&Screenings / 14.12.12

Launch event of our Lightseekers UK Exhibition in Hinckley. We were very happy to welcome Anne Wesseberg, curator at Gammelgaard Herlev, Copenhagen.   An international project, organised by Gammelgaard Kunst & Kultur Centre, Copenhagen. Two fundraising exhibitions were curated in the UK and in Copenhagen, following an international competition, juried by Steve McCurry, Susan Zadeh and Henrik […]

Suits & Sarees

Art Shows&Screenings / 25.02.12

A new commission, in partnership with Dipak Mistry. Dipak & I will be running a series of workshops for a forthcoming exhibition at The New Walk Museum called Suits & Sarees as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Selected for East meets West (FORMAT)

News Shows&Screenings / 01.03.12

I have been selected for FORMAT, QUAD and Light House’s new initiative ‘East meets West’. This is a collaboration to showcase emerging photographers and film-makers from the East and West Midlands.   My 33% project was selected. This is an ongoing project about rural women in India seeking representation in Indian parliamentary elections. I have interviewed and photographed relatives and […]

Sooraj Subramaniam

Commercial / 11.11.11

Moving Forward event. CICD (Centre for Indian Classical Dance).

Transform CPD. Bursary Winner

News / 03.02.12

I’m absolutely thrilled to receive one of ten artist bursaries from Snibston Discovery Museum as part of TRANSFORM (Arts Council England). edit. This CPD (continuing professional development) was the launch pad for subsequent work on Trade links between the UK/India.   This is an opportunity to develop my own practice in relation to the museum and its collections. I will […]

Migration Museum, London – Winner

News / 19.11.11

100 Images of Migration was the result of a competition run with the Guardian that asked for images relating to migration. Submissions were from amateur and professional photographers, all of whom wrote, briefly or at greater length, about why they had selected that particular image. These ‘stories’ range from the immensely moving to the everyday, but […]

Last day at The Highfields Centre

Journal / 16.05.11

After three years working as an arts practitioner, I am leaving the Highfields centre due to cuts in staff and wages.

Gammelgaard Project, Copenhagen

Lightseekers / 08.10.11

An international project, organised by Gammelgaard Kunst & Kultur Centre, Copenhagen. There will be two fundraising exhibitions in the UK and in Copenhagen, following an international competition, juried by Steve McCurry, Susan Zadeh and Henrik Saxgreen. This photo was taken at a local school in Copenhagen .   Proceeds will be donated to Lightseekers social enterprise for my efforts to connect schoolchildren […]

Satyaprakash Exhibition at LCB Depot

Shows&Screenings / 09.08.10

I was awarded with the LCB Depot Prize, during the City Gallery’s annual Open exhibition in Leicester. As part of this prize, I was offered a solo show in the cube gallery.

Open 22 @ New Walk Museum

News Shows&Screenings / 13.11.11

My third attempt, entering the New Walk Museum’s Open exhibition. The first time I entered was in 2008/09 with some photographs from India when this exhibition was hosted at The City Gallery. Unfortunately, the City Council closed the building down and this competition is now hosted here. A real shame because the City Gallery was […]

Creative Leicestershire Business Development Grant!

News / 18.04.09

I am finally upgrading my Canon 350D for a 5d mkii, with the help of Creative Leicestershire. The grant is from EMDA (The East Midlands Development Agency), as part of the regional business development programme.

Exhibition at BBC Radio Leicester

Shows&Screenings / 23.10.10

A small selection of my work is up at BBC Radio Leicester for three months. The exhibition follows an online feature, following my residency in Ahmedabad.

Vision Photography Competition

Journal / 29.10.10

I was invited by Kevin Ryan at Charnwood Arts to judge their annual open international photography competition, Vision.

Darbar Classical Music Festival

Journal / 07.07.09

I have been attending Darbar classical Indian music festival almost since the beginning so it is a real pleasure to have my work on the front cover.

Satyaprakash Online

Art Lightseekers / 13.11.07

Charnwood Arts have been enormously supportive of my work from the outset. Following a long trip to India for an internship, between 2006/07, founder Kev Ryan has been following my work online.   Since I returned, the team have supported me to edit, exhibit and produce an online gallery for my project, ‘Satyaprakash’ (light of […]

Indicorps; Photographer in Residence

Journal / 31.05.07

It’s been eight months since I joined Indicorps, NGO. With the support of Manav Sadhana, I have been working with the ragpickers of Ramapir no Tekro slum in Ahmedabad. Like many people, hoping to volunteer, I feel that I am leaving with far more than I have given to this community.