Shoreditch art exhibition puts new spin on interfaith dialogue

Setting the tone for the rest of the two-week exhibition, last week’s 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 programme.  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.

3FF’s Urban Dialogues programme works with a number of galleries and faith-based organisations 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."

Artist Hannah Habibi Hopkin felt that the mutually beneficial and respectful way she worked with collaboration partner Emer Costello was something different communities could learn from: "We realised that this was the way we should exist in a pluralistic society, in that we don’t have to be directly involved in the decision making or actions of each other, but that we can be there to support one another."