People, Place and Sport

Jaskirt Boora

Mav, Digbeth, Women’s Boxing Club
Ameila, Balsall Heath, Fearless MMA Wrestlers

Jack, Perry Common, Aston Old Edwardians Rugby Football Club

Artist Jaskirt Boora explores the role of gender and ethnicity in sport through a series of photographic portraits and recorded conversations. People, Place and Sport – a collaboration with Multistory – is a celebration of local communities and grassroots sport in the West Midlands.

Jaskirt has been capturing inspiring images at much-loved sporting hubs on a weekly basis along with conversations with people in the community about what sports means to them.  These will be exhibited as an outdoor exhibition in two parts:

  • a community exhibition from April to August 2022, at eight local sites across Birmingham and Sandwell.
  • A large-scale outdoor exhibition from July to August 2022, at Sandwell Valley Country Park.

Multistory is pleased to be working with the Birmingham 2022 Festival, with Creative Producer Jenny Moore, designer and fabricator Matt Moore, Blind Mice Design and Iain Armstrong of Phonoscope.

Presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival, People, Place and Sport is generously funded by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Multistory is grateful for revenue support from Sandwell Council and Arts Council England.

An interview with artist Jaskirt Boora, filmed and edited by Robert Alexander Films.
Natalie, Tamworth, Doshthill Quarry open-water swimming
Arjan, Willenhall, Sporting Khalsa FC
Gurbinder, Harry Mitchell Centre Smethwick, Warley Weightlifting Club

Exhibition Locations

4 April to 31 August 2022

Sandwell

Birmingham

·         Wednesbury Leisure Centre – High Bullen, Wednesbury WS10 7HP

·         West Bromwich Leisure Centre – Moor St, West Bromwich B70 7AZ

·         Haden Hill Leisure Centre – Barrs Rd, Cradley Heath B64 7HA

·         Hadley Stadium Smethwick – Wilson Rd, Smethwick B66 4NL

·         St Paul’s Church – St Paul’s Square, Birmingham B3 1QZ

·         Birmingham Coach Station – Mill Lane, Birmingham B5 6DD

·         Moseley Road Baths – 497 Moseley Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9BX

·         Bournville Green – Linden Road Bournville , Birmingham B30 2AA,

The exhibition will also be shown at Sandwell Valley from 2 July to 31 August, 2022.

The Birmingham 2022 Festival is the biggest celebration of creativity ever in the region and one of the largest ever Commonwealth Games cultural programmes. Birmingham 2022 Festival is a £12 million six-month long celebration generously supported by a range of funders with the aim of animating the entire West Midlands with ambitious creative works. Major support has been dedicated by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund plus Spirit of 2012, Birmingham City Council and national trusts and foundations such as the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

www.birmingham2022.com/festival/

Freya, Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton Lawn, Tennis and Squash Club
Satnam,Hadley Stadium Smethwick, Sandwell Special Olympics
Abi, Rowley Regis, Grasshoppers Netball Club

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.  

Boora creates work with the aim to empower and give voice to marginalised communities. In 2021 she collaborated with women’s refuge Birmingham Crisis Centre and published a zine, Aurat ki Himmat, raising just under £500 for the refuge in the process. Currently she is working on People, Place and Sport in partnership with Multistory and Birmingham 2022 Festival, with multiple outdoor exhibitions to take place in Sandwell and Birmingham. Both projects explore personal stories through portraits, details of place and conversations that have taken place through workshops and interviews.

In December 2021 Boora won the BJP Portrait of Britain award for her portrait of Dr Mavi, and in September 2021 Boora won the RBSA 2021 Photography prize for her image of Aabidah Shah, both 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 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.

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