Urban Dialogues (UD) inspires and then showcases collaborations between Muslim, Christian and Jewish artists. Now in its 3rd year, UD is a 3FF-led partnership amongst a group of faith-based organizations, including: JCC for London, Art and Christianity, Maslaha , the Jewish Museum and Mica Gallery.
August 2011 - December 2011
The Three Faiths Forum
Through Urban Dialogues – and together with the artists and the programme partners – 3FF is building a movement of people committed to improving relations between faith communities through art. The exhibits and festival act as inter-communal dialogue events. The events reach out to wider society – beyond those commonly involved in interfaith – and demonstrate collaborations between faiths, as well as the high level of talent and creativity within faith communities.
In 2010, Urban Dialogues culminated in the ‘Barriers and Bridges’ festival at Candid Arts Gallery in Islington. Over 20 artists displayed work, as well as 14 artist collaborations. 250 young professionals attended the opening night and over 90 students participated in festival workshops over the week. The festival attracted 800 attendees, as well as significant press attention. At the 2010 festival, we included students from the faith and non-faith schools in which we actively work.
Building a movement of people committed to improving interfaith relations communities through art.
Activities» Urban Dialogues events act as inter-communal dialogue events. The festival reaches out to wider society, beyond those commonly involved in interfaith
Success will be... Last year's festival attracted 800 attendees, as well as significant press attention. This year, we hope for an even higher level of attendence and press.
The events demonstrate collaborations between faiths. 3FF’s work is unique and special because it goes beyond “traditional interfaith.” External research on our programmes shows that 3FF participants:
• Are better able to understand stereotypes and confront their own prejudices
• Have increased awareness of their own tendencies to judge based on ethnicity, appearance or religion
One of the host art galleries was forced to shut down earlier this year, due to financial difficulties. We are hoping to identify another Christian-owned gallery; however, if needed, we will hold the events at the Muslim and Jewish-owned galleries this year and find a new Christian partner for 2012. We are working closely with our project partner, Art and Christianity Enquiry, on this risk.
Donors receive an annual report of our programmes, including details of pre- and post-event evaluations.
Budget - Project Cost: £5,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £500 Showcase event refreshments, AV £1,000 Curator part-time, temporary £1,000 Publicity + travel e-flyers and other communications + for artists, staff, volunteers £2,500 School workshops Hosting workshops for pupils of local schools
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Mica Gallery £1,500 Guaranteed Bible Society £1,500 Guaranteed Edmond de Rothschild Foundations £1,500 Guaranteed
We will be displaying this year’s collaborative art both in The Mica Gallery in Knightsbridge, the Jewish Museum in Camden, as well as at our Interfaith Arts Exhibition (location TBD).
Urban Dialogues creates ongoing relationships between artists of different faiths, as well as between their faith communities. It offers artists the chance to address issues and create possibilities of change together with people from other faith communities.
Three Faiths Forum is best placed to oversee this project, because we do not carry out the project alone. Our partners - Maslaha, Art and Christianity Enquiry, the Jewish Community Centre for London, Mica Gallery and the Jewish Museum - are actively engaged in the project and extremely connected within their faith communities. This project is a collaboration in every sense of the word!
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Stephen is Director of Three Faiths Forum and project manager on the Urban Dialogues project. Stephen also founded Iraq in Common.
Hadiya has been involved in interfaith dialogue and discussion for several years and is the Programmes Officer for Urban Dialogues.