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Like London, Birmingham is a vibrant and diverse city, proud of its multiculturalism and history as a destination for migrant communities, and blazing a trail to engage new audiences with arts and culture, particularly those communities outside the typical museum-going crowd. What can be learnt from this approach in Birmingham and how can the city and its museums continue to develop in this direction?
Join curator Rebecca Bridgman; senior manager for Diversity at Arts Council England, Abid Hussain and internationally acclaimed, Birmingham-based visual artist Mohammed Ali for a discussion on how engagement, participation and understanding can combine to help develop diversity in the Arts.
Part of a series of talks curated by The Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts (IESA).
Dr Rebecca Bridgman is Birmingham Museums' first specialist Curator of Islamic & South Asian Arts where her post focuses on researching collections, renewing displays and putting on exhibitions that will attract and engage new and diverse audiences to the museum. Rebecca is also a chair of the national subject specialist network for Islamic Art and Material Culture.
Abid Hussain is a Senior Manager in Diversity at Arts Council England. He is a committed and passionate advocate for diversity and equality with 15 years experience of working across arts, culture and education.
Mohammed Ali is an artist who fuses graffiti-art with Islamic script and patterns. He has exhibited and created public murals in the streets of New York, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne and Dubai to name but a few. His work has been described by various media outlets, from CNN to Al Jazeera, as ‘bridge of understanding’ between faith communities.
When & Where
Nour Festival of Arts 2016
Shining light on the best of contemporary art and culture from the Middle East and North Africa in venues across Kensington and Chelsea each October and November. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, engaging and entertaining, enjoy exploring Nour Festival 2016