Jagdishbhai Jairambhai Patel

Jagdishbhai Jairambhai Patel

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    I am currently studying towards a PhD exploring the intersections between anti-racism and socially engaged art through the histories of anti-racism in the Midlands between 1960 and 1985. The project focuses on three questions ;

    1. What political and cultural activity was carried out by anti-racist activists in the Midlands during the period from 1960 to 1985?

    2. How can the cultural activism inherent in anti-racist resistance during this time enter the framework of community, participatory and socially engaged art?

    3. How can we use the legacies of anti-racism to inform approaches to SEA practice today?

    It is a practice-based research project and will be developing work to exhibit during 2022. I have worked as an artist for over a decade and exhibited work across the country.

    The research is supervised by Carolina Rito, Professor of Creative Practice Research at Coventry University with Rajinder Dudrah, Professor of Cultural Studies and Creative Industries at Birmingham City University and Jill Journeaux, Professor of Fine Art Education at Coventry University. 

    Previously I was the Deputy Director of the human rights charity, the Monitoring Group in London. Over the past few years, I have undertaken projects with people from the Gypsy community, Portuguese farm workers, Asian football clubs, Northern Soul fans, victims of racial violence, Muslim War Veterans, and Punjabi bar owners in the Black Country. 



    Presence/Absence and the Melting Snow: Nottingham Arts Mela August 2020

    Food Poverty and Mental Wellbeing: Photography stories: Himmah/Arts Council May 2020

    Many Rivers to Cross (Commission by University of Wolverhampton) April 2018

    Patrin: Gypsy Heritage in the East Midlands by HLF/Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group



    Breaking Ground: Race and Community Football, Leicester Museums Feb-May 2020

    When the Snow Melts: New Art Exchange, Sep-Dec 2019

    Asian Activism in Nottingham: Primary, Nottingham June 2018

    Many Rivers to Cross: Wolverhampton Art Gallery  April 2018

    Desi Pubs: part of Alchemy Festival, Southbank Centre, London June 2016



    Coming of Age: 1976 and the road to anti-racism edited by Jagdish Patel and Suresh Grover 


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Photography, MA, De Montfort University

    1 Sept 20129 Sept 2014

    Award Date: 9 Sept 2014

    External positions

    Trustee, ReFramed Network

    23 Jun 2018 → …

    Trustee, Off Centre, Nottingham Centre for Photography and Social Engagement

    10 Jun 2016 → …


    • NX Arts in general
    • Anti Racism
    • Socially Engaged Art
    • Reflective practice
    • Practice-based research
    • Practice research
    • Race
    • identity
    • Black History
    • Creative modes of dissemination
    • Philosophy
    • Dialogue
    • South Asian History
    • Site specific work
    • Photography and the Archive
    • Archival research
    • Memory
    • Curation