Anand Chhabra is a founding director and the incumbent Chair at Black Country Visual Arts and has been involved in the arts as a photographer for over 10 years. He began as Wolverhampton’s sole recipient of the ‘Collide’ programme in 2005. At the heart of Anand’s work is people and the stories that they share. Anand has worked on various photographic commissions and has exhibited widely. Anand continues to work on photographic projects that he feels strongly about, mainly communicating real world stories artistically through a series of photographs, thereby realising photography’s power to communicate the truth.
Sarvjit Sra is a social/documentary photographer within the Asian community in the Black Country and has established strong relationships with the community through his wedding and portrait photography. Having studied the arts but not talking it further due to the cultural views at the time Sarvjit wishes to use his self taught photography skills to highlight social issues through visual art. Along with Anand, Sarvjit is a founding director of BCVA and strongly feels that visual art has a place in a culturally diverse community.
Chris Smith is a retired Chief Executive of Redditch Borough Council, Director of Finance and Chartered Public Finance Accountant. With 33 years working in a finance/accountancy environment he has had experience of dealing with a variety of budgets at differing levels of responsibility. Since his retirement Chris has devoted a lot of time to charitable activities within the community both here and in Africa. Chris became a director of BCVA as an advisory role in order to help Anand and Sarvjit achieve their present and future goals.