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London, 16 April: This week sees the opening of the Urban Dialogues Collaborations – three annual awards of £1,500 for collaborative artworks produced by artists of different faiths and non-religious beliefs.
The commissioning process was opened at a networking event for artists at White Cube Bermondsey last night. Artists were invited to submit joint proposals before the deadline of 24 May 2013.
Since 2010, Urban Dialogues has commissioned 3 collaborative artworks produced by groups of artists from different faith and non-religious backgrounds. These are exhibited alongside the work of individual artists at an annual exhibition. The theme for this year’s collaborations is ‘Reflection’.
The Urban Dialogues programme is run by intercultural organisation 3FF (Three Faiths Forum) and works with galleries, arts and educational institutions and faith-based organisations to bring people from different communities together. By using art to connect people, Urban Dialogues seeks to inspire social change and extend the significance of art beyond the walls of a gallery.
Holly Jones, Urban Dialogues manager at 3FF, said: “The Urban Dialogues Collaborations offer an opportunity for artists to engage across different backgrounds and disciplines in a process of sharing, exploration and evolving practice. Collaboration does not mean consensus, and we are as interested in exploring tensions and dissonance as we are in the similarities between artistic practices and points of view. We know that the process of collaboration can generate transformative ideas and relationships, as well as exceptional artwork.”
Urban Dialogues is run in partnership with Radical Middle Way, Art and Christianity Enquiry, JCC for London, King’s College London, City Bridge Trust, the Bible Society and Red Gallery. The King’s Cultural Institute will help connect artists with academics during the collaborative process.
The completed collaborations will be displayed at the Urban Dialogues Exhibition at the Red Gallery, 30 September – 13 October 2013.
For more details, visit: www.3ff.org.uk/arts/collaborations/
Photos from the event available on Flickr.