Approved: 23.03.2018

Shaheen Ahmed

Artist, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 23.03.2018

Dec 2018 - Feb 2019 Coventry Open Show at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum 

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      Dec 2018 - Feb 2019 Coventry Open Show at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum 

      Nov 2018 - Jan 2019 Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Open Show

      July 2018 - July 2019 Steamhouse Artist Open Residency

      September 2018 Open Studio's Event, Old Print Works Balsall Heath Birmingham

      July 2018 Masterclass in Bookbinding Ort Gallery Birmingham

      June 27 - July 28 2018 Croup Exhibition Ort Gallery Birmingham

      April 2018 Mela Street Festival Balsall Heath

      December (1st) 2017 - Using Art in Research. School of Geography, Earth and  Environmental Sciences. University of Birmingham


      November 2017 - Future Posibilities Lab Lapworth Museum University of Birmingham


      October - November  2017 - Resident Artist at  The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of    Birmingham


      2013 - Creative Practitoner for Ikon Gallery UK

               - Mentor for three Karachi based Artists in Pakistan. Part of Creative Cultrues in Education (CCE) project.


      2013  - Art Facilitator at Canal and River Trust West Midlands


      March - 2013 Craft Journeys. Birmingham Canal and River Trust


      October 2011 - Jan 2013 - The Waterways Trust Workshop Facilitator


      June 2011 Workshop Facilitator - Songs of Sanctuary - as part of Refugee Week - Afghan pottery workshop


      May 2010 Workshop Facilitator - 'Rhythms of the Heart' -Bishops Castle Shropshire – with Robert Bunting. Collaboration with artist Rosie Readfleming to create work around similarities within Christian and Muslim faiths.


      November 2009 Workshop Facilitator for 'Reflections' Delivery of two workshops to a group of 35 Primary school RE teachers from around the West Midlands – 'Teaching Islam through Art'.


      May 2009 Designer and Workshop Facilitator - 'Mosaic Networking' (West Midlands) – Small Heath School. Design a new logo for 'Mosaic networking' (West Midlands) – whilst inspiring pupils to assist in the process.


      July 2008 – August 2009 – Artist in Residence Wightwick Manor House - collaborated with National Trust and Hybrid Consulting – created 'Maypole' site specific art installation.


      Nov 2008  Project title - How can we bring light to Castle Vale?  Sampad. Worked with Year one children to create banners


      March 2008 Mirpuri Community Development Trust – Pakistani Bus Project with 6 schools in Birmingham


      Nov 2007 Salaam Festival New Walsall Art Gallery. Drop in family workshop - Create a Mini Keepsake


      2007 July Surtaal Asian Arts– Workshop at Derby Mela. Create an Arabesque Mobile


      Jan 2007 Presentation of Elham Project. School Residency


      Sept 2006 Artist in Residence @ Arden Primary School. Elham Project. Print Processes Traditional & Contemporary. Children designed patterns that were taken through to Print, Silkscreen Printing and Computer art.


      March - April 2006 – Artists Mentor for Women’s group – ‘Impact Plus’. Based in Wolverhampton.


      March 2006 Workshop - International Women’s Day – Wolverhampton Art Gallery Clay pattern carving


      Feb 2006

      Cultural Arts Workshop – Hawksley Community Centre. Worked with the Youth to create Perspex wall hangings for art exhibition, incorporated glass painting and spray paint work.


      Jan 2006 Workshop Facilitator working with Chinese Elders - Moving Here Project, Glass, print work.


      Jan 2006 ‘Arts Week’ (Yr 3) Starbank Primary School– Painting, clay & print work


      Dec 2005

      Workshop Leader for Anim8- worked with Visual artist Ellie Reynish at Perry Common Library -  Xmas Gifts Project – for Mother & Toddler Groups.


      Sept 2005 – Dec ‘05

      Flying Start Work Placement BMAG and ‘Roving Eye’ Collaborated with Photographer Rita Fletcher, designed, delivered, and led on ‘Hockney Joiners’ Project.


      Nov 2005 Creating Script’ Glass painting Workshop at Wolverhampton Art Gallery


      Sept 2005 ‘Illuminating Faith’ BMAG clay workshop (Yr 3) Woodcock Hill Primary School.


      June 2005 Clay Jali Workshop for families Wolverhampton Art Gallery


      April 2005 Clay Jali Workshop designed for families Bilston Craft Gallery


      Jan 2002 – May 2003 Development Officer for Soho House Museum Birmingham. Outreach work with Asian women suffering Mental Health problems. Based at three different Day/Community Centres Shaheen delivered weekly workshops/ creative therapy sessions. Working with Elderly female clients at Shakti Day Centre, Golden Hillock Day Centre, Fernley Gardens Day Centre and Soho Road Community Day Care.


      July 02 Oct 02 Salaam Wycombe – Artist in Residence at Wycombe Museum - built links with Asian community and Museum. Worked with the youth as well as a number of ladies groups to create work for final Exhibition.


      1997 – 1998 Teaching Technician at Newman College Art Dept.

      Taught ceramics to degree level students, clay work and glazes. assisted students with screen printing. Worked in the Art Department teaching ceramics to degree level students, assisted students with screen printing and computer aided design work.


      Feb 1998

      ‘Deeply Impressed’ at BMAG. ‘Prints and the Computer’. Led drop-in workshops for families

      March 1997

      Artist in Residence at Ward End Primary School Arabic letter shapes,embroidery and collage design (Yr 4)


      1989 - 1990 Design Assistant for Kall Kwik Printing, Stockport. Prepared artwork on the Apple Mac as well as illustrations by hand.


      1987 - 1989 Paste Up Artist for Prontaprint, Burnley. Prepared artwork using reprographics darkroom, dealt with clients.

      CV & Education

      Shaheen Ahmed CV

      07971905899 DBS Certificate No. 001514109135 (Date of Issue: 23 December 2015)




      1994 – 1997 BA, Art and Design, University of  Central England Birmingham, 2:1

      1993 – 1994 Foundation studies in Textile Technologies Bolton Institute of Higher Education

      1985 – 1987 BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design Burnley College of Art and Technology

      Selected Group Exhibitions

      2019 June SteamHouse Lab Sharing

      2019 March Solo Show Maps Deconstructed

      2018- Feb 2019 Coventry Open

      2018 Rugby Art Gallery Group Open Show

      2017 Touring group exhibition West Midlands Archives

      2016 Migration – Group Exhibition Qube Gallery Oswestry (June)

      2016 Beyond Borders. Digbeth Birmingham (April)

      2014 Art as Political Expression, Festival of the Mind. Sheffield University (September)
      2011 Blood, Sweat and Tears Folkestone Triennial Fringe Festival

      2011 - Charred Novel Tran-Siberian Arts Centre
      2011 - Leeds International Artists Book Fair
      2006 Patterns of Identity Bilston Craft Gallery (June - Sept)
      2006 Art & Islam Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (April - July)
      2005 United Nations Art for Peace Exhibition Stockport Art Gallery (Sept - Nov)
      1997 - 1998 Deeply Impressed at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (Nov - Feb)

      1997 Calligraphics Soni Gallery London (Nov - Dec)


      2017 Lapworth Museum University of Birmingham

      2008 - 2009 Artist in Residence Wightwick Manor House The National Trust.

      2007 Elham Residency Schools Project Birmingham

      2002 Artist in Residence Wycombe Museum.

      1998 Prints and the Computer Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery



      2008 Books by Hand Gestural Mark making and Bookbinding Arts Council England Arezzo Italy

      2007 Alhambra Award for Excellence in the Arts (Muslim News)

      2003 Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts (R&D)

      2001 Artist Access to Art Colleges Gosta Green Campus Birmingham City University (Sept – May)



      Wycombe Museum High Wycombe, UK

      Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Birmingham, UK

      Stockport Art Gallery Stockport, UK

      Private Collections – UK and Canada



      2014 Ikon Gallery Birmingham. Creative Practitioner and Mentor, UK and Pakistan

      2013 Craft Journeys Commission Canal and River Trust Birmingham

      2010 Mosaic Prince of Wales Trust, West Midlands, Logo Design Commission

      2009 Rhythms of the Heart Visiting Artist Bishops Castle Shropshire

      2008 Sacred Koran Book Cover Design The National Trust and Ulfah Arts



      Jose Forrest- Tennant. Lapworth Museum Birmingham University Dr Sue Challis Researcher Disruptive Media Lab Cov. University. Email: MOBILE :07792930010