Urban Dialogues 2013

The 5th annual exhibition took place at RED gallery from 2-14 October 2013, featuring the work of 20 individual artists alongside two specially commissioned collaborations in a show designed to raise questions about the interplay between art, belief and identity.

For the second year running the work on display was chosen by a selection panel of experts and arts professionals including:

  • Stephen Beddoe - University of the Arts London
  • Faisal Abdu’Allah - Fine Artist
  • Grace Acton - Greenbelt
  • Meryl Doney - Greenbelt
  • Michael Regan - Indigo Rooms, Lightbox
  • Alice Sielle - Artist
  • Althea Legal-Miller - Kings Cultural Institute

The exhibition was visited by over 1700 visitors during the course of two weeks, including 150 school children who participated in guided tours and arts workshops. We curated five specialist events in the space catered to people of all ages.

Click the images below to see photos from each exhibition event.

An evening hosted by Lyrix Organix featuring spoken word artists, musicians, and international street food attracting large crowds of young people.

“Lovely hearing so many smart, passionate women speaking up and being heard in our own space.” - Female Voices visitor

A women only event bringing together women from across London for discussion, performance and food. A panel discussion : Feminist Action - On the right track? , was chaired by BBC correspondent Razia Iqbal, and featured Laura Bates (Everyday Sexism Project), Julie Siddiqi (Islamic Society of Britain), Jacqueline Nicholls (Artist) and Dr. Althea Legal-Miller (King’s College London). The discussion was followed by a rich line up of performances including The Venus Bushfires (pictured) and Eliza Shaddad, as well as spoken word poetry from Rachel Rose Reid, Zena Edwards and Sabrina Mahfouz.

Child-friendly space for families and young people to visit the gallery with interactive activities ranging from storytelling to art workshops

The event marked the launch of Urban Dialogues’ new intercultural choir – the Mixed Up Chorus - led by choir director Jeremy Haneman (also director of the Royal Opera House community choir). Throughout the afternoon, Haneman ran singing workshops with visitors to the gallery. Choirs from across London were invited to sing in the space bringing individuals and communities together through their love of music. Choirs who performed included the British Humanist Association Choir, the London Youth Gospel Choir and the Alyth Youth Singers.

Urban Dialogues 2013 was covered on BBC Radio, in the Times, Evening Standard, Prospect MagazineHackney GazetteReligion News Service, Christian Today and Islam Channel.

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