Shaheen Ahmed

Artist Researcher Maker      



August 2018 - Gallery 37 - Bookbinding and gestural markmaking Workshop for artists


February 2018 - April 2018 - We are Balsall Heath MELA Collaboration. Tents of Sanctuary installation


November 2017 - March 2018 - Future Posibilities Lab Lapworth Museum University of Birmingham

- Future Possibilities Lab (FPL) is a curatorial space exploring the connections between artistic practice and scientific data to develop new, digital, data art. FPL crosses both physical and digital spaces and brings together artists and academics to work collaboratively to interrogate research and participate in enquiry and discussion to question, subvert and inform practice.


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