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Artists unite for Sikh human rights art exhibition


Babu Surat

This human rights art exhibition brings together work from more than 40 established and emerging artists and poets, inspired by human rights campaigner Bapu Surat Singh’s year-long hunger strike to free Sikh political prisoners in India.

The work includes charcoal/pencil drawings, paintings in oils and watercolours, embroidery, sculpture and poetry. The exhibition has attracted artists from all over the world and includes South West artists and poets Jill Griffin, Melody Sale and Nick Ingram. Other artists include Jag Lall, Raj Tattal and Jot Dhanjal.

Stoke Bishop and Sea Mills local election candidate and Sikh Network lead for the event, Dilawer Singh, said: “The idea for the exhibition came about as people from around the world began to post poems and artwork on social media in support of Bapu Surat Singh’s campaign. A picture is truly worth a thousand words.”

Taran Singh, one of the artists whose work will be exhibited, has created a 3D printed sculpture of Bapu Surat Singh, who is 83 years old. He said: “This sculpture is a tribute to the warrior spirit of Bapu Surat Singh, who despite his physical condition remains steadfast and stoic in his fight for justice.

“While his body may be frail and weak, his spirit is strong and will not be conquered.”

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Bapu Surat Singh by Jyoti Dhanjal

The exhibition will be taking place on Sunday, March 20, from 10am to 5pm, at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, St George, Bristol.

This is a Sikh place of worship. In some areas of the building visitors are required to remove their shoes and cover their heads, though this is not required in the exhibition hall. Free food and hot drinks will be available.


Siri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Bristol
301-307 Church Rd, St George,


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