We’re delighted to announce that photographer Solomon Charles-Kelly has been selected to be the Chapeltown Photographer-in-Residence.

Working with the Leeds Caribbean & African Centre he will create a new body of work that connects to and engages with the community in Chapeltown, Leeds.

Solomon said: “It means a lot to me to be able to tell the story of Chapeltown, and my community. I have lived here my whole life and I have seen it change drastically through increasing gentrification. I want to show the African and Caribbean community in Chapeltown as it is now - as rich, varied and still cohesive despite big changes to the area.”  

Lens Lab Project will support the residency programme through physical resources, liaising with the community, professional development and mentoring through regular meet-ups with the team.

The project will coincide with key dates and festivals for the community, culminating in a celebration of the work during Black History Month in October 2024. A selection of this new work will be added to the Historic England Archive, where it will be accessible for future generations.

You can find Solomon on Instagram at

If you would like to find out more about the project, get in touch at

︎You can download the original brief for the project here: