An exhibition by West Midlands-based organisation Art Sikh has opened at the Library of Birmingham to commemorate the 550th Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

‘550 Years of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’ is a compilation of a variety of contemporary and traditional artworks depicting portraits of the founder of the Sikh religion to stir the senses, evoke, inspire and resonate with visitors in support of the celebrations that have been on-going to mark this auspicious occasion.

The exhibition features emerging and established artists’ from both the UK and worldwide. The featured artists have drawn from the humanitarian teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and been inspired by the Sikh concept of oneness to artistically create their contemplation’s envisioning the founder of Sikhism.

November 12th 2019 was a significant milestone for the Sikh community to mark five and a half centuries since the birth of the founder of the Sikh faith.

Art Sikh’s touring exhibition features artworks exploring the teachings on humanity as one from the first Sikh Guru incorporation with the British Values, bringing together people from various faith communities and those of no faith in the memory of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Aimed to celebrate diversity within the local community by providing an educational visual experience on British Sikh heritage and inviting all religions, beliefs and ethnicity groups to participate in celebrating with the Sikh community, Art Sikh a non-profit creative organisation established in 2015, dedicated to help build, support and cultivate art, culture and theology.

The fundamental philosophy of Art Sikh is to support, encourage and mentor up and coming artists from around the world who face barriers in forging a profile as an artist. Dedicated to promoting inter-faith/ belief cohesion between community groups through the medium of creativity, to date Art Sikh have supported over 50 artists, exhibited at number of community and public venues and are building a strong network of creativity. Art Sikh have successfully curated and delivered exhibitions with and for various local council authorities, educational institutes and art galleries.

‘550 Years of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’ is on display until 30th January, 2020.