Salaam Shalom launched its first Shared Spaces Muslim and Jewish art exhibition on World Day for Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development 2015.
To fulfil our commitment to fostering dialogue and understanding, the exhibition showcased the work of contemporary British Muslim and Jewish artists. Some clearly linked to the artists’ faith and cultural identities; some were less obvious and open to interpretation.
The exhibition was displayed in the Old Foyer of Bristol’s Colston Hall over the weekend of the end of May Bank Holiday 2015. In its central Bristol position it was seen by both Bristol residents and holiday visitors to the city.
We hoped the art exhibition would inspire conversations that raised awareness and understanding of the cultural connections between Muslims and Jews beyond a media focus on the current politics of the Middle East. It not only inspired dialogue…it inspired an entire festival the following year.