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Rickshaw decor workshops at Manchester Museum

08 Sep 2023

University colleagues and students of South Asian heritage are invited to help decorate a rickshaw that will travel out into the community and be displayed in different venues across Greater Manchester

Rickshaw decor workshops

Do you:

  • Have an interest in art and design?
  • A desire to explore your cultural heritage?

Volunteers are needed to contribute to the design and décor of Manchester Museum's community rickshaw. If you'd like to participate in one of our upcoming rickshaw décor workshops, please get in touch with Andrea Winn: by 2pm on Monday, 11 September.

Workshop dates

Wednesday, 13 September

  • 1pm - 4pm for the two panels on the rickshaw

Refreshments of tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided during this session.

Thursday, 14 September

  • 10am - 4pm for the rickshaw hood design workshop

A light lunch will be provided for the day-long session.

The South Asia Gallery, a British Museum partnership, presents a compelling, contemporary take on South Asian and British Asian culture. It is the first permanent gallery in the UK to celebrate the experiences and contribution of the South Asian diaspora, and it displays world-class material from the British Museum alongside the best of South Asian collections in Manchester. This multilingual gallery has been designed and built with the South Asia Gallery Collective, an inspiring group of community leaders, educators, artists, historians, journalists, scientists, musicians, students and others from South Asian diaspora with a unique spirit of collaboration and co-production.

On display in the South Asia Gallery is a stunning rickshaw. The design and décor of this rickshaw was a collaboration between Manchester Museum and Uronto Artist Community as part of the British Council’s Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) project. The teams worked virtually to train young artists from Manchester to understand and learn more about the history of the rickshaw and the painting techniques required to execute the detailed designs. Syed Ahmed Hossain, a traditional rickshaw artist from Dhaka in Bangladesh visited Manchester Museum and worked alongside the young artists, sharing his skills and expertise. The end result is for all to see as the stunningly decorated rickshaw takes pride of place in the South Asia Gallery at Manchester Museum.

These workshops are an opportunity to contribute to a second rickshaw, we have another rickshaw that will travel out into the community and be displayed in different venues across Greater Manchester.