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South Asia Gallery

A Partnership Gallery with the British Museum

South Asia Gallery

A Partnership Gallery with the British Museum.

The South Asia Gallery will be an exceptional new space (350 m2) creating the first permanent gallery in the country dedicated to exploring the stories, experiences, cultures and contributions of South Asian diaspora communities in the UK. 

Presenting a dynamic, contemporary take on South Asian and British Asian culture, it will bring world-class material from the British Museum to Manchester, to be displayed alongside the very best of Manchester Museum’s own South Asian collections and those of some of our partners across the city.  The South Asia Gallery will have significance far beyond Manchester. It is an unprecedented opportunity to work with communities of South Asian heritage – regionally, nationally and internationally.

A place for emotional connections and new perspectives, the gallery is being designed and built with a spirit of collaboration and co-production, with a unique Collective of educators, community leaders, artists, historians, journalists, scientists, musicians, students and others from the South Asian diaspora. Studio C102 and Mobile Studio Architects have been appointed as the design team to create this exceptional new co-curated and co-designed space.

The gallery’s displays will be created using an ‘anthology-based’ approach, sharing multiple voices and perspectives around key overarching themes: British Asian / Movement and Change / Past and Present / Sound and Dance / Innovation and Language / Environments

At the heart of the gallery will be a space, dedicated to showcasing the very best live music, dance and performance from and inspired by South Asia. This performance space will be shaped by ideas and contributions from South Asian diaspora communities and programmed in collaboration with both local and international artists and performers.



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For further details contact: Lead Curator South Asia Gallery nusrat.ahmed@manchester.ac.uk

Gallery Designers: Studio C102 and Mobile Studio Architects

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