Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid, Nilupa Yasmin

Arpita Shah, Chunni’ Purdah - The Sacred Cloth © Arpita Shah

This exhibition brings together three photographers, Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid and Nilupa Yasmin to present new and existing work focused around portraiture, culture and female identity.

Through making work about and in collaboration with their families and communities, both in the UK and Pakistan, these photographers seek to explore and represent the complexity and diversity of women today.



A selection of works from Shah’s series Purdah – the Sacred Cloth will be shown; which presents contemporary women based in the UK from a variety of South Asian backgrounds who chose to practice traditions of head covering or veiling. West Midlands based Wahid and Yasmin will create new work. Wahid’s portraits of women encountered in Pakistan, aim to recognise and celebrate women’s contribution to the economy and society.

Yasmin’s self-portraits, with their multi-layered and manipulated surfaces, will reflect open femininity and cultural identity.


Exhibition in partnership with Grain.



Thursday 14 November, 6-8pm

All welcome.


In Conversation

In Conversation event with Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid, Nilupa Yasmin and Caroline Molloy

GRAIN Projects & The New Art Gallery Walsall will host an afternoon of talks and a panel discussion with artists & photographers Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid & Nilupa Yasmin. The day will be chaired by Artist, Academic and Writer Caroline Malloy and will be an opportunity for audiences to hear from the artists about their practices and shared themes that surround their work such as identity, culture and heritage.


Ticketed event, booking required – more information coming soon.