Mela Monument Project – Free family friendly creative workshops

Published on: 5 March 2024

What does Mela mean to you and your family?

Art Asia is working in partnership with John Hansard Gallery on an exciting new project called Mela Monument.  In the Mela Monument Project Workshops renowned artist Permindar Kaur and Hampshire artists Rabia Raja and Ren Fang Wooldridge will develop a new sculptural monument for Southampton. The Mela Monument will launch at the Mela Festival on Saturday 13th July 2024. This project explores the notion of home in Southampton and beyond.

Mela Monument is part of Co-Creating Public Space, a programme led by John Hansard Gallery which aims to give local communities agency to engage with and activate our shared public spaces. Mela Monument project celebrates South Asian arts, culture and community contribution, as well as promoting multicultural heritage and identity.

In the UK, Mela is one of the most popular forms of festival, celebrating and representing the evolving and rightful existence of the diverse British cultures and communities. The word ‘mela’ is based on the Sanskrit word meaning ‘a community gathering or meeting’. Mela festivals in the UK, in their many forms, have remained true to this broad sense of families, people and communities congregating together in an atmosphere of festivity.

You are invited!

Come along to a Mela Monument Project Workshop with your friends and family to one of the relaxed, informal free art workshops next Saturday 9th March at John Hansard Gallery in Southampton.

Have an input into a large scale arts project, which you will be able to see finalised for the Southampton Mela Festival.


Saturday 9th March

11am – 1pm or 2pm to 3.30pm

John Hansard Gallery, 142-144 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DU

All children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking necessary, just drop in.


With thanks to John Hansard Gallery, Southampton University, Co-Creating Public Space and Arts Council England