An art exhibition took place at Menier Gallery in London from 1 August to 6 August, 2016 showcasing work inspired by human rights campaigner Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa.
Bapu Surat Singh is an 83-year-old lifelong human rights activist who is currently on hunger strike in India to raise awareness for Sikh political prisoners languishing in jail. He has been on hunger strike since January 2015, during which he has been detained and force-fed for more than half that time, as well as harassed and abused by Indian authorities. So far, his hunger strike has resulted in the permanent release of nine prisoners as well as parole for long-serving detainees.
The exhibition included work from 50 artists all over the world, including an array of mediums such as sketches, paintings, digital work, fabric, crochet, and poetry. Each piece entailed a personal story of inspiration and expression for Bapu Surat Singh’s hunger strike.