Hazur Art is an initiative we've started in order to preserve and revive Sikh art and support Sikh artists. Our motivation has been to increase the trade of art within the Sikh diaspora. It is important that we as Sikhs, see ourselves and our experiences reflected in the art we consume. The best way to do this is to encourage Sikh artists to create more art, thus this initiative was born. We wanted to create a welcoming safe space for artists to connect with each other and their communities, sell their art, and consumers to share and buy more Sikh art.
We believe a good majority of the Sikh diaspora migrated from Delhi or Punjab in the 1980s leaving everything behind. In the last 30+ years the Sikh community has been very successful and as we achieve new milestones, we need artists to tell the story of our past, present and future. Art has never been a popular profession in the past 100 years among the Sikhs but artists play a very important role in our community and worldwide. Our hope is that this initiative supports Sikh artists to pursue their passions without having to worry about finances.
With every sale we hope that the artists go back home with a sense of support from our people and our community begins to explore and interact with the world of Sikh art again.
We have had two very successful events in Baltimore, MD (2017) and Union City, CA (2018). Both events had an attendance of 15 Sikh artists presenting their works for the attendees to purchase. The sales from the Hazur art events have resulted in many beautiful opportunities and commissions for the artists attending. Guests are inspired to value Sikh art and Sikh artists the way we do and leave having understood the importance of supporting both.
We are hoping to increase the number of sales in 2019 and are seeking funds to help cover our expenses to host weekend long Sikh Art Exhibition and Sales in cities across the United States.