Shahid attended St Martin’s School of Art and Parsons School of Design in New York, studying Fashion, Photography and Illustration. After graduation, he did the fashion, music and art thing and travelled the world rock n roll style before opening an art space in the Brick Lane area of London. The purpose of space was to examine the British Asian experience as it evolved through fashion, music and art working closely with musician, Talvin Singh (Mercury music prize winner).
He was approached by Arts Council England and agreed to become involved in their drive to make the arts funding system more accessible and inclusive. With a remit spanning the nine English regions he managed an array of schemes. This was his first role on the ‘other side of the fence’ working with policy makers and affecting change from the inside. Similar engagements were to follow working with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the London Development Agency and the Greater London Authority where he managed and led Boris Johnson’s business diversity programme.
During this period, he also created his first artistic expressions; Illusion of Inclusion, Straight-jacket of Terminology and Fornication of the ‘I’.
After 12 years of affecting change and influencing organisations to create cultures where people could bring the whole of themselves to work, he realised he had neglected to do this for himself. Shahid then consciously re-positioned himself, completing a MSc in Business Psychology, which informs his art and consultancy practices, he now creates work which reflects his authentic self combining his experiences across the creative and corporate worlds.
The notion of the authentic self, exploring stories of the world within us and what drives behaviour pervades his work. He exhibits within the receptions and congregational areas of large organisations always creating a strong interactive element to his photographic installations, they are engagement pieces that facilitate self reflection, reveal fresh perspectives and start new conversations.