This March, Interact hosted its first major art exhibition in partnership with the British Council. In collaboration with 40 young artists aged 18-30, participants were given the opportunity to create and exhibit their own works in a public show which took place from the 14th-20th of March 2013.
The title of the exhibition “Multiculturalism is dead” A Youth Response to Multiculturalism and Diversity sought to explore the attitudes of young people living in Britain today to the current status of multiculturalism in the UK and in their own lives. Through a variety of mediums ranging from photographs to videos, paintings to sculpture, the artists involved directly addressed how they saw diversity in their own lives.
A collaborative arts workshop which took place a month before the exhibition gave 20 young artists the opportunity to learn techniques and methods behind mosaics, screen-printing and photography from three local professional artists. The works created during this workshop were then displayed alongside those entered by individual artists for our final exhibition.
Our opening night attracted over 250 people from a variety of different ages and cultural backgrounds. With speeches by the prolific Ghanaian artists Eugene Ankomah and Reverend Alan Green, dean for Tower Hamlets and chairman of the Tower Hamlets Inter-Faith Forum, guests stayed to see the show, embrace the atmosphere provided by the candle-lit church by night and to most importantly, interact.
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