The Sikh Museum Initiative has launched its Contemporary Sikh Art Exhibition at Leicester Adult Education.

The 100 pieces of artwork have been produced by talented local, national and international artists and include paintings, poetry, 3D printed material, Phulkari’s (traditional Punjab textiles) and specially commissioned items.

Kartar Singh, General Secretary of the Sikh Museum Initiative, introduced the launch by giving an overview of the world reaching heritage projects that the team has worked on. 

Kerry Gray from the Leicester Adult College, said she was pleased to see such a vibrant exhibition at the premises, noting that the 2018 Sikh Art exhibition, which was also run by the Sikh Museum Initiative, was one of the 'most popular they had hosted at the college'. 

School children from Falcons Primary School were presented with a certificate of excellence to highlight their contribution to artworks at the exhibition.

Historian and Director of the Sikh Museum Initiative, Gurinder Singh Mann, said: ”The exhibition showcases a diverse range of artwork covering themes from the religious, philosophical, to the abstract.

"The exhibition whilst from a Sikh perspective will appeal to people from all walks of life”. 

Asian Image: The Sikh Museum Initiative launched its Contemporary Sikh Art Exhibition

The exhibition was opened with the cutting of a ribbon by Cllr. Manjula Sood and Sukhnoor Kaur from Falcons Primary School. It will also be open for visitors during April, when the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi is celebrated. 

In attendance at the launch were Leicester City Councillors, representatives from Gurdwaras and Claudia Webbe MP. Many artists had travelled from across the country including London, Leeds, and Birmingham.

The event was filmed by Punjab2000 and the Sikh Channel. 

The exhibition runs from 21 March to 30 May at Leicester Adult Education.