Shoreditch art exhibition in London puts new spin on interfaith dialogue

3/1/2012 - Education

Brand new intercultural connections were made this week at Three Faiths Forum’s exhibition ‘Faith in the City’, held during National Interfaith Week.

3FF (Three Faiths Forum) is a national organization working to build understanding and lasting relationships between people of all faiths and beliefs. The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations support 3FF’s Urban Dialogues program that encourages collaboration between artists from different belief backgrounds, enabling them to use their art as a means of promoting closer cooperation between communities.

The first vibrant Festival Night at RED Gallery in the heart of Shoreditch brought over 200 young professionals from London’s diverse communities together for an evening of art, music, food and live painting.

Central to the exhibition are three exclusive multi-faith art collaborations, created by Muslim, Christian and Jewish artists who are participating in 3FF’s Urban Dialogues program. The three pieces use a number of different mediums – including calligraphy and neon lights – to address questions of communal relations and social change. Thirty-five individual artists also show their work side by side.

A number of galleries and faith-based organizations are involved in the program to create a new model for interfaith engagement, with artists and their art establishing relationships between communities.

Francesca Ulivari, one of the collaborating artists, said: “The whole project turned out to be an amazing learning experience about each other's cultures and faiths. It allowed us to create a body of work that, we hope, communicates that unity between separate cultures is possible.”