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OCHD has created this webpage to assist fundraising for creation & installation of the Southampton Sikh Memorial, and for the related, crucially important associated educational information resources.  You can read more about announcement of the Memorial initiative here.

News of the Memorial has appeared on both BBC and ITV: BBC News, and ITV News.  You can read more concerning the coverage, local, to national, to international through this link which details examples of that coverage: http://www.bouncingbubble.co.uk/sikh-memorial-southampton-press-release-march-2021-news-outreach-in-the-uk-india-international/

Memorial project Official Patron — Sangat Television:

Sangat Television website: http://sangattelevision.org/

Sangat TV, Sikh Memorial Southampton official sponsor news announcement: http://www.bouncingbubble.co.uk/sangat-tv-becomes-official-sponsor-for-the-sikh-memorial-southampton-project/

The Memorial project is also officially supported by Hampshire Football Association:

Hampshire FA website: https://www.hampshirefa.com/


Memorial Commissioned/Appointed Sculptor, Luke Perry – Director of IHS (Industrial Heritage Stronghold) Monuments:

Some CV highlights, qualifications, references, and website:

Monument to Saragarhi– Wednesfield to be completed in bronze – Current Work

Lions of the Great War Monument – Granite and Bronze– Smethwick November 2018

“This Artwork is a jewel in the crown of representation, Luke has created more than a monument, this is a symbol for equality and unity” – Jatinder Singh – President of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara

The Guardians – Silverdale Colliery Monument -November 2017

“Luke Perry is a master in his trade and seen by many as a legend.” Comments made by the nominator for Luke’s Black Country Masters.

James Conway Memorial – March 2017 – December 2017

Never before in the history of monuments to this famous mission has there been produced a sculpture which is perfect in detail. Luke is the first and only artist with the dedication and ability create this monument.  Quentin Rees – Author of Cockleshell Heroes The Definitive History.

SS Journey – A Monument to all Immigrants – Handsworth Park- Steel and Bronze – September 2017

“This piece is a vital part of the ongoing education of Black History in Britain” – Vanley Burke

The Rock Driller– Coalmining Workers Monument – Oldbury – November 2016

“This work has been so incredibly well received by everyone. Luke with his talent and enthusiasm has created something incredibly special that no-one thought could have been done”. Martin O’Keeffee – Chair of the Canal Navigation Society

Flying Tales of Folklore – Brasshouse- Blacksmithed Steel – Smethwick– June 2016

“This work was a fabulous idea, it’s brilliant what’s been done here. They are really beautiful. What Wonderful Sculptures, it’s such a good thing for the community to see” – Julie Walters CBE

The Hands of the Workers– Dudley limestone Tunnels- December 2014 – August 2015

“It was a pleasure working with Luke Perry – his way of working, his insight and breadth of knowledge is exceptional and the artwork is of such a high standard” JF Tennant Community Engagement Officer

Ingestre WW1 Field Hospital– Mixed Media- October 2014 – March 2015

“ Our expectations for this project have been far exceeded and we believe demonstrates you are ‘an exemplary artist educator” Felix Pepler – Director of Ingestre Hall

December 2013- October 2015 – Artist In Residence and Designer of the Monument to Longbridge

The Watford Clone River Gateway Sculptures – Gavanized Steel- June 2014 .

“Luke has the ability to reach people, a real skill. He is honest, hardworking, faithful, creative and very intelligent.” Glen Buglass Manager Creative Development Team Walsall Council

Zoroastrian Faroahar- Steel -August 2013– Hindu Temple Tividale, Dudley.

“Congratulations to you on what you have done in building the beautiful and magnificent Farohar and for what you have done for the Zoroastrian community and for promoting interfaith harmony”.- Lord Karan Bilimoria. CBE, DL

‘Living Literature’ September 2011- September 2013 Stourbridge Crown Centre Development.

The Grace Academy Darlaston Monuments – Steel- September 2013 Walsall -.

The George Rose Park Murals -July 2012-, Walsall.

Saltwells Nature Reserve Sculpture Trail – July 2012 – Reclaimed Steel Parts – Netherton

“Luke’s vision is as large Scale as his artworks. Through his very sculptural endeavour and commitment to sculptural work we are going to develop a far deeper understanding of our Nations history.” – Professor Chris O’Neil – Executive. Dean of BCU

Lady Chain Makers Monument– Cradley Heath- Cast Steel- March 2011-June 2012.

Awarded Alumni of the Year by BCU in their Annual Graduation Ceremony.

Dudley Canal Network – July 2011 – 33 Interpretation Sculptures in Steel and Zink

“Luke is one of the few artists I have worked with that is able to conceive, fabricate and install whilst understanding the overall vision and objectives.”  Claire Farrell, Director of EC Arts.


  • Awarded Alumni of the Year from the BCU 2012
  • Received the Cultural Champions Award from Minister for Culture Ed Vaisey
  • Degree BA Hons Fine Art (Awarded First Class) Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, (UCE) 2002-2005
  • Foundation in Interior Architecture (Distinction)Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, (UCE) 2002


Alan Reynolds, Senior Planner for Sandwell Council – Contact: alan_reynolds@sandwell.gov.uk

Ian Baggott, Director of CFP Heritage, Architecture & Environment Consultancy Contact: info @cfpuk.co.uk

Luke Perry Details:

Current Advanced CRB No: 011553720555

Public Liability Insurance: Hencilla Canworth Full £5,000,000 – Policy No is AIP/AIR/00129

Website: www.industrialheritagestronghold.com

Overview of items that will be covered by the fundraising campaign:

In addition to the core, statue creation, erection, and formal unveiling, project, the following associated supportive subjects & activities, three of which will assist on the centrally important educational aspect of the Memorial project:

  • A book project led by OCHD, with writer on South Asian Culture (Culture Smart Nepal – 2nd Edition lead author: in bookshops in January/February 2021), Alan Mercel-Sanca, commissioned, with direct community members input & involvement
  • A history and culture research project, whose outputs (transcultural teaching and learning information resources creation for both printed and online utilisation, and a structured multiagency related dissemination and use of the material for local area, and potential pan-South Coast, and national use)
  • A dedicated documentary
  • Aircraft display (subject to availability) and other performance on the occasion of the formal unveiling of the Memorial