I am currently undertaking a digital photography course whilst being mentored by Heather Morison who has helped me with the application process in which I have submitted a photographic image for the Birmingham Ikon art gallery and my work was successfully excepted for an exhibit. This journey has allowed me to expand and learn new skills.
I am now preparing and planning for the exhibition at the Ikon. The support from CCC has been invaluable to me as I continue to grow as an artist.

Adlin Shorter

My Development journey with CCC project (Hard Times Require Furious Dancing)
During the CCC project I was offered an opportunity to volunteer shadowing at Westminster School. with Faith Pearson (community artist). Throughout the residency I was able to observe and gain knowledge of how to plan and create activities and apply them to the school curriculum. Since then I have gained a good understanding of organising materials and engaging with children, getting them involved in mixing colours and making items from re-cycled material.
I have also been supported by Heather Morison (artist) putting together a pack (“Lets Get Crafty”) to be distributed to parents and families during the lockdown. This involved planning of regular meetings, the discussion of ideas and working as a team where I gained experience of working with others.

Heather Peak Morison

Heather Peak Morison is an artist who supports HTRFD. You can find more information about her and Studio Morison at and @studio_morison

She has established an ambitious collaborative practice over the past twenty years that transcends the divisions between art and architecture with social practice with her co-director Ivan Morison and the many artists and creatives she works with.


Vanley Burke

Vanley Burke is often described as the ‘Godfather of Black British Photography’, whereby his iconic images have captured the evolving cultural landscape, social change, and stimulated debate in the United Kingdom over the past four decades. He draws strength from remaining a humble man of the community, whose personable character allows him to capture the intimate and private nature of people’s everyday lives.

His body of work represents possibly the largest photographic record of the Caribbean Diaspora in Britain, and as an avid collector, Vanley continues to connect histories through his substantial archive housed at the Library of Birmingham. From local community organisations to the Victoria & Albert Museum and Whitechapel, Vanley has exhibited widely in the United Kingdom, and as far afield as New York, South Africa and China.

Vanley’s artistic enquiry is not simply limited to black and white documentary photography, as his eccentric rebellious nature lends itself to sculpture and painting, and crafting art that gives life a shape. His simple motivation has been the preservation of culture and history through creation, documentation, and discovery which often leaks into the private.

Tom Clements

Local poet Tom Clements has been writing poems for many years.
You can see a selection of poems he has wrote.