Music and art extravaganza celebrates South Asian culture

Three of Manchester's major cultural institutions - Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and the Whitworth – have today opened eight new exhibitions by leading artists in a celebration of Manchester’s shared heritage and historic connections with South Asia.

Marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of India, Pakistan and later Bangladesh, these exhibitions present both new and seminal works, while a wider programme of music, film and performances invite audiences to experience a wealth of South Asian culture throughout this coming weekend.

It sparks a three year collaboration between South Asian artists and some of Manchester’s major cultural institutions.

Highlights include:

  • The Whitworth presents the first major UK exhibition by Raqs Media Collective and the work of South Asian Modernists 1953-63
  • Solo exhibitions from Neha Choksi, Waqas Khan, Mehreen Murtaza, Hetain Patel and Risham Syed
  • 48hr one-off performance by Nikhil Chopra at the Museum of Science and Industry
  • Solo show and interventions at Manchester Museum by Reena Saini Kallat

Dr Nick Merriman, Director of Manchester Museum and spokesperson for the New North and South network said:

‘This weekend Manchester launches an ambitious programme that shines a spotlight on South Asian art and culture through the work of world-renowned artists. Thanks to our colleagues across the city and the spirit of collaboration, we are able to offer something for everyone from major exhibitions, artist performances, music and film. As the New North and South network we would like to thank all the artists involved in the Manchester exhibitions for bringing their creative talent to our city.’

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant