Diwali Online at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

Due to the current pandemic the museum has been unable to host its annual Diwali celebrations this year but we will be back bigger and better next year.

For now however, we have created this special section on our website looking at our past events, a blog about our latest South Asian artwork acquisitions and a craft activity for children.

Your Diwali Celebrations

Your Diwali Celebrations

We asked our visitors to share photos of their Diwali celebrations, and we weren't disappointed!
This video and images encapsulate the colour, vibrancy and cultural music and dance associated with Diwali.

This artwork produced by Nayna lad was created in 2019 in collaboration with local children. The elephant was chosen as it symbolises intellectual and mental strength, longevity and stamina; a sacred animal in the Indian Culture, even though very large in stature they are incredibly gentle creatures.

Currently on display at the museum is a special community co-curated exhibition of South Asian art featuring Diwali decorations, traditional costumes and textiles which can be seen in our Design Gallery on the first floor.

These artworks were acquired by the museum earlier this year with the support of Art Fund and the Friends of the Museum. The group of three large format hand – painted photographs and two miniature paintings referencing the photographs were produced by American-born artist Waswo X. Waswo. The artist is probably best known for his chemical process sepia-toned photographs of India, and hand-coloured portraits. The photographic images are made through an elaborate process in which he gets local people to pose for him against fantastical and vibrant painted backdrops featuring Indian landscapes. For more information please see our blog.

Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Light and to celebrate why not make this salt dough pinch pot at home to put your tea light in and light up your room.