Louise Beer, Artist Talk

24 Oct, 6 PM - 7.30 PM, Zoom

Qisse of The Komagata Maru – A Voyage on Water

An event with Artist Roo Dhissou. 26th Nov 13:00 - 15:00, Midlands Art Centre

UNION by Natalie Willatt

Exhibition at Spode Museum 20th September – 5th November 2023

Picturing Walsall

Exhibition at New Art Gallery Walsall till the 1st October, in partnership with Historic England

Online Portfolio Review Day

9th September, 10 AM - 5 PM, Zoom

Louise Beer

Photographer In Residence at Cannock Chase, in partnership with Forestry England

WAR was never my CHOICE

The Ukranian Youth Art Group working with artist Mark Neville. 7th July, Centrala

Photographer in Residence, Cannock Chase

Open Call in partnership with Forestry England

Jonny Briggs

Exhibition, V&A Wedgwood Collection, from the 7th June

Portfolio Development Day

Saturday 10th June 2023, Staffordshire University, £25 / £30

Roo Dhissou


Laia Abril, Photographers Talk

9th May, 6 PM, Zoom, £3 / £5

Mark Power, Photographers Talk

16th May, 6 PM, Zoom, £3 / £5

Hidden Worlds

East Meets West Masterclass Exhibition, Format Festival, 16 March – 9 April

Kavi Pujara, Photographers Talk

12th April, 6 PM, Zoom, £3 / £5

The State of Photography

National Symposium, 21st April, Birmingham City University

Mark Neville



6 months, from March – August 2023

Modern Muse

by Arpita Shah, £20 + Postage

GRAIN Mentoring Scheme

Mentoring Scheme for Midlands based Practitioners

CONSTRUCT by Anthony Luvera

Exhibition, Snow Hill Square, Birmingham, 14th September – 13th October 2022

Generations by Julian Germain

Exhibited in the public realm 27 May – 30 Sept 2022, in partnership with Multistory, part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival

GENERATIONS by Julian Germain

New writing by Anneka French

Faces Of 2022, Exhibition

by Maryam Wahid, Perry Barr Train Station till 10th July, Grosvenor Rd Studios till 11th August, Birmingham 2022 Festival

Yan Wang Preston, Photographers Talk

In partnership with Coventry University, 31st March, 6 PM, Zoom, £3 / £5

Tom Hunter, Photographers Talk

In partnership with Coventry University, 21st March, 6 PM, Zoom, £3 / £5

Faces of 2022

Birmingham 2022 Festival

The Rural Gaze

£30.00 + £5.00 Postage

Vanessa Winship, Photographers Talk

3rd February, 6 PM, Zoom, £3 / £5

Photo Play

In partnership with Appetite

Online Photo Café

SHOUT Festival, Holly Revell & Laura Chen, 18th November, 6PM, Zoom

Chloe Dewe Mathews, Photographers Talk

26th October, 6 PM, Zoom, £3 / £5

Agency by Anthony Luvera

Fri 08 Oct - Thu 28 Oct 2021 on Warwick Row, Coventry

De’Anne Crooks

GRAIN Bursary 2021

Coventry; Visual Stories

by Asia, Aya, Daleen and Mohsin

Coventry; Visual Stories

by Charlotte, Ellie, Jamie, Janson, Prash and Thomas

The Rural Gaze, Symposium

Friday 21st May 2021, recording available to purchase

Covid 19; A Year Lived

FORMAT Festival, Exhibition

What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, 15th Jan - 18th April 2021

Veterans Workshops

Supported by At Home with Appetite

Picturing England’s High Streets – Historic England

A three year project which will deliver six photographer-in-residence programmes at six high street locations across England

Familiar Faces by Adina Lawrence

Newcastle-under-Lyme, Friday 29 January until Sunday 1 August, Collaboration with Appetite


A Participatory Talk by Tristan Poyser, 29 December at 7pm

Shropshire Youth Workshops

In partnership with The Hive

Covid-19 Responses

Commissions & Bursaries

Covid-19 Responses, Birmingham

Commission & Bursaries

Celebrating Age

A Collaboration with Lench's Trust & Kate Peters

Online Portfolio Review Day

Saturday 3rd October , 10 AM - 4 PM, via Zoom

Decolonising The Gaze

Online Symposium with Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid and Nilupa Yasmin with academic and writer Caroline Molloy.


Awarded to Oliver Raymond Barker

Open Call

2020 Commissions & Bursaries

Clare Hewitt

GRAIN Bursary Award – new work on isolation and loneliness working collaboratively with individuals and a woodland of trees.

Andy Pilsbury, GRAIN Photobook Bursary

Awarded for The Flesh and The Fantasy, five stories connected through American culture in the UK

Rural: Commissions & Collaborations

10 projects commissioned in collaboration with rural communities across the Midlands

New Narratives

Collaboration with Tasweerghar (Pakistan) and Pathshala (Bangladesh) part of Transforming Narratives

International Bursary: Awarded to Laura Dicken

GRAIN Projects and New Art West Midlands £2000 Bursary

Witty Photographers

GRAIN worked with a group of young people from the rural town of Whitchurch, Shropshire.

‘Arenig’ by Matthew Murray

The new work will feature an engagement programme including workshops, masterclasses and a photo walk.

‘Made in Brixton’ by Nilupa Yasmin

GRAIN & Photofusion Residency & Exhibition | September - 20th November 2019 | London

‘Too Rich a Soil’

Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid & Nilupa Yasmin | Exhibition | The New Art Gallery Walsall | 15th Nov 2019 – 19th April 2020


Exhibition | 4th October - 11th November | Promenade outside Birmingham City University & Millenium Point

The State Of Photography

Symposium, 11th October 2019, Birmingham City University

East Meets West Masterclass Programme 2019/20

Submission Deadline: Midnight September 22nd 2019

GRAIN Paid Internship

6 Months June - November

Settling; Exploring Human Migration, Sam Ivin

Exhibition | The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery | 17 May - 22nd September 2019

‘When The Golden Sun Is Sinking’, Indre Serpytyte

Exhibition | Rugby Art Gallery & Museum | 7 May – 22 June 2019

Photography For Whom?

Edited by Anthony Luvera and supported by GRAIN Projects and Multistory.

Portfolio Review Day in Partnership with Multistory

Saturday 29th June | 10am - 5pm | Wesley Methodist Church

East Meets West Exhibition

Format Festival 15th March - 14th April, Quad & The Eagle Market

What Photography has in Common with an Empty Vase by Edgar Martins

Format Festival 15th March - 14th April, Quad

GRAIN Bursary Award 2019

The bursary offers an award of £2,000 to support the making of new work in the rural West Midlands.

The Face Of Suffrage, Talks Programme

21st November Helen Marshall, 12th December Dr Nicola Gauld, 10th January Anand Chhabra & Geoff Broadway

What Photography and Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase

A Symposium on Incarceration, Absence, Photography and Fiction.

Sixteen ; Working with Photographer Kate Peters

Led by Open Eye, a project that opens up conversations with young people about their hopes and fears.


A new large scale art installation to celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women by Helen Marshall


New Work by Sam Ivin

GRAIN Talks Programme

Photographers Talks Announced

Inverted landscapes

Camera Obscura by David Bethell

Photographers’ Talks

GRAIN is pleased to announce three new Photographers' Talks dates


Exhibition by Lua Ribeira at Argentea Gallery

Indre Serpytyte

Research and Commission

Sacred Things: Elalmadinah … To The City

An exhibition by Liz Hingley - Artist Talk date announced


Responding to a Landscape, by Matthew Murray

GRAIN Portfolio Development Day

At The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry

Responding to a Landscape

Symposium at mac In association with the Matthew Murray exhibition


Residency led by Sam Ivin, a collaboration with Appetite

GRAIN and Engine Bursary

Awarded to Lily Wales

Photography Residency

Awarded to Sam Ivin

The State of Photography II

A Symposium event on Fri 16th Jun 2017


A joint professional development bursary of £1,000

GRAIN Portfolio Award

Awarded to Jessa Fairbrother at Format Festival


Magnum Photos Exhibition, Shrewsbury

The Fireside and the Sanctuary

New work by Mark Wright at Format International Photography Festival 2017

GRAIN Bursary 2017

Awarded to Caitriona Dunnett

Redeye’s Speed Networking

Designed to take the fear out of networking for Photographers and Artirts

Dimitri Haddad;

International Residency Exchange Artist

Hothouse Birmingham

GRAIN is delighted to be working in collaboration with Redeye

GRAIN Bursary

Apply now for a bursary that supports artistic development


Exhibition of Contemporary Photography and Moving Image

GRAIN Portfolio Development Day

Delivered at and in partnership with mac

GRAIN Audience Development Survey and Strategy

Thank you to everyone who contributed

International Photography Residency

Successful applicant Anneka French announced

Kern Baby, A Child For Sacrifice

Faye Claridge Library of Birmingham 11 March – 7 June 2016

Spirit is a Bone

Broomberg & Chanarin commission

Responding to the Archive

GRAIN initiated professional development activities

In Camera: Mat Collishaw

18 September 2015 – 10 January 2016 The Gallery, Library of Birmingham


Exhibition 19 June - 29 August 2015, Library of Birmingham Gallery

Faye Claridge Residency

and co-commission with Library of Birmingham and Compton Verney

Grain Publication

Marking 2 years of ambitious activity

Mining the Archive

A collaboration with The Swarm and University of Birmingham Digital Humanities Hub

5 PLUS 5

An exhibition partnership with IED MADRID, curated by Moritz Neumüller

The State of Photography Symposium

23rd January 2015 at Library of Birmingham

I Sell the Shadow to Save the Substance

Lucy Hutchinson Exhibition

The City of Six Towns

Mark Power, Exhibition 18 Nov - 20 Feb

GRAIN Photography Practice and Support

Professional Development Opportunities in collaboration with regional partners

Magnum Photos Symposium

Hosted at Library of Birmingham with Magnum Photographer Olivia Arthur

Guangzhou Exchange

Artists Exchange and Exhibition Guangzhou Library

EMPIRE: Jon Tonks

Co-commissioned and co-produced touring photography exhibition


Co-commission for Brighton Photo Biennial 2014

Mat Collishaw Commission

New artist co-commission with The New Art Gallery Walsall

After the Image

Exhibiting at UNSEEN Photo Fair

GRAIN Growth

Business Development


Hosted at Library of Birmingham


A GRAIN Research Partnership - book now available

The Photographers’ Wall

a space in the Library of Birmingham dedicated to photography and photographers

Mining the Archive: Exploring the Intentional and Unintentional Archive

Collaborative Arts Triple Helix Research and Development Project

Photography And The Archive

A GRAIN research partnership

GRAIN Audience Development Survey

GRAIN conducts the largest regional survey of photography

The Black Kingdom – Brian Griffin

GRAIN is delighted to have been a partner in THE BLACK KINGDOM project with Dewi Lewis Publishing.

GRAIN prize winner

Andrea Meichsner wins new GRAIN Library of Birmingham photography prize at FORMAT

Format Exposure Prize

GRAIN is sponsoring a new prize, at FORMAT EXPOSURE.


by Tom Hunter

Copyright 2016 GRAIN.