South Asian Heritage Month
South Asian Heritage Month runs from 18th July to 17th August every year. It seeks to raise the profile of British South Asian heritage and history in the UK through education, arts, culture and commemoration, with the goal of helping people to better understand the diversity of present-day Britain and improve social cohesion across the country.
It is about reclaiming the history and identity of British South Asians, enabling them to tell their own stories, providing an opportunity to show what it means to be South Asian in the 21st century, as well as looking to the past to see how Britain became the diverse country it is today.
South Asian influences can be found everywhere across the UK, from our food and clothes to our music and even our words. The streets of our towns and cities are rich with the colours, sights and sounds of proud South Asian identity. Its culture permeates all parts of British life and adds to the diversity of the nation.
To celebrate this, we wanted to spotlight our Indian-born illustrator Sneha Shanker, whose dreamy artworks often have underlying themes of wellness, mental health and self-development. She feels there is a lack of representation of people that look like her across the creative sector, and strives to address this through the work she produces.
She says: ‘We all need to look outside of what we are used to and welcome work from other cultures. When we get to a point where we don’t have to talk about diversity and inclusion anymore, we’ll know we’ve made it.’
You can view more of Sneha’s work here.
A selection of artworks from Indian-born illustrator Sneha Shanker
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