Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Chitra Ganesh, Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh, Roshini Kempadoo, Pamila Matharu, Hardeep Pandhal, Jagdeep Raina, Sa’dia Rehman, Salman Toor

Curated by Aziz Sohail with Head of Exhibitions, Deborah Robinson

The World that Belongs to Us* is a major international exhibition which brings together a constellation of intergenerational artists from the South Asian diasporas of the UK, USA and Canada. Against a context of histories of exclusion and erasure, the exhibition explores ways in which these artists have challenged normative histories and narratives and built communities and spaces for themselves.

Sharing a common thread of combining autobiography and activism and working across a range of media including painting, photography, film, animation, wall drawing and site-specific installation, the works on display activate interrelated conversations around community and belonging, friendship and intimacy, migrant and diasporic storytelling and queer and feminist world-making.

Set against a backdrop of heightened and difficult debates about immigration in the UK, the perceived failures and possibilities of multiculturalism and a re-examination of historical and colonial legacies and responsibilities, this exhibition celebrates joy, pleasure and magic; the power of making and imagining otherwise worlds; and community making and collaboration as a means of resistance and survival.

*The title of the exhibition was inspired by an anthology of poetry from South Asia, edited by Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal.


24 November 2023 — 9 June 2024
Floor 3 and Window Box

View the exhibition guide:


How Do We Do?: Networks, Friendships, Histories, Futures

Saturday 25 November 2023,

The World that Belongs to Us is funded by Walsall Council and Arts Council England with additional support from Art Fund and the British Council’s International Collaboration Grants, which are designed to support UK and overseas organisations to collaborate on international projects. Sa’dia Rehman’s participation is supported by Greater Columbus Arts Council. Pamila Matharu’s participation is supported by Canada Council for the Arts. The New Art Gallery Walsall also gratefully acknowledges the support of Jhaveri Contemporary, Luhring Augustine, Hales Gallery and Cooper Cole.

Brand design by Asad Ali Zulfiqar.
Exhibition photos by Johnathan Shaw.