The Crafts of Punjab Exhibition

Coventry is well regarded as one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the U.K, where there are vast amounts of people from different ethnicities and background. One of the most recognisable attractions in the city, is the Herbert art gallery and museum which is currently hosting “The Crafts of the Punjab” exhibition, featuring never before exhibited objects, famous artefacts and the sheer masterpieces of craftsmanship being shown exclusively in Coventry only.

When asked the reasoning behind putting on an exhibition of this stature, Rosie Addenbrooke the exhibition manager explained, “We’ve got a community panel in Coventry in which we asked the people in the panel on what sort of exhibition they wanted to see”. “They all wanted to see the historical arts and crafts of Punjab with in particular the Maharaja Ranjit Singh golden throne.”

Tan the audience development manager likewise described the necessity of putting on a cultural exhibition of this magnitude. “For me having an event like the crafts of Punjab is vital for us to reflect the cultural diversity in Coventry, as the city is home to a large Sikh Punjabi community who have redefined and shaped the city of Coventry”. “Moreover this sort of exhibition was never seen before, making it a popular one to showcase”.
One of the most fascinating part of the Crafts of the Punjab exhibition is the collections of artefacts are all from the Victoria and Albert museum based in London. “It was amazing that we had managed to bring these unique collections from the V and A museum” says Rosie. “But the most surprising aspect is the fact that the one famous object we wanted, the Maharaja’s golden throne is now ours to keep which is just brilliant for us as this is held is such high regard by the Sikh community because he was the first Maharaja of Punjab”.

Tan also points out the other unique artefacts which are also being shown in the exhibition such as, “the various styles of cloths which were designed in Punjab before and during the British rule in the region, the British where fascinated by the unique skills and crafts that were used to design such mesmerising clothing, to which the British wanted to implement in their designs. “Other artefacts that we also have on our exhibition include vases, armour and legendary paintings of Gurdwaras and Mosques which are just fascinating to witness.”

The success of the exhibition is what pleases Rosie who highlights, “it’s amazing how so many people have come to this exhibition to see the amazing creations that are on show, and the fact that it has made the Punjabi demographic feel extremely happy that we have managed to represent the culture and heritage”.

“The exhibition will be held until 21st January 2018, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm with free entry, so don’t forget to come and enjoy the brilliant cultural exhibition we have at the Herbert gallery”.

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