In July 2019, Colin was honoured to be shortlisted for the John Ruskin Drawing Prize with three portraits accepted into the ‘Agents of Change’ exhibition, a title that neatly summarises his work.
In March 2020, he was awarded an International Travel Bursary from the British Council to visit Cape Town in South Africa, with a two fold purpose. Firstly, to create a new body of artwork based upon the notorious prison on Robben Island and secondly to liaise with museums and change makers for future cultural partnerships between Coventry and Cape Town as part of the Coventry City of Culture Programme 2021.
A longstanding project has been the creation of the ‘Black Looks’ anti-racist football exhibition, which through a series of fin eart portraits, traces over a century of Black and Asian footballers in Britain (Featured on Channel 4 and BBC 1). In 2018 ‘Black Looks’ celebrated its twentieth anniversary with an exhibition at The National Football Museum in Manchester. In 2003 Colin created a parallel scheme of work called ‘Moving the Goalposts’, tracing the history of women's football.
Colin has worked with over 450 schools and community organisations using his artwork as a catalyst for change. To support his educational work, he has created portable exhibitions of the ‘Black Looks’ and ‘Moving the Goalposts’ projects.