SAND was delighted to undertake this work with Grain Projects and artist Ming de Nasty, to make collaborative portraits that explore LGBT+ identity in later life.

The portraits and accompanying stories portrayed older LGBT+ residents in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.  They focused on identity and representation providing an opportunity for individuals to tell their story.

The resultant portraits were exhibited in Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Theatre Severn and Shrewsbury Library.

From 14th March 2024 – 14 April 2024 – they were also  in the window of AgeUK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin and at The Hive.

The photographs have also been published in a booklet.


Ming de Nasty’s photography offers a different perspective, with individuals expressing a confidence and sense of identity in their gaze and position. Her portraits are acclaimed and award-winning. They speak of diversity and challenging stereotypes.

Ming de Nasty has been a professional photographer for 35 years and has worked on projects locally and nationally, exhibiting widely throughout the UK. Her most recent projects include ‘Queer Country’ a photographic project looking at queer-identifying individuals in Wales and what it means to be living in a rural environment; .

The project was a partnership between SAND and GRAIN Projects, supported by Arts Council England.