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Change in Perspective
An exhibition of work by young Muslim artists
Four young Muslim artists
from Batley and Dewsbury,
West Yorkshire, are aiming
to break down barriers and
challenge stereotypes with
a new exhibition, Change in
Perspective.
Whether it’s giving a
contemporary twist to
traditional art forms, an
unusual take on a familiar
building, or challenging the
view that ‘Muslims don’t do
art’, Asiya Seedat, Anisah
Denny, Fatema Mayet and
Naila Afeefah want us to
take a fresh look at the world
around us.
All currently students at
University, they are part of a “People think Muslims don’t
expect a lot of interest “, said
generation exploring what it ‘do’ art”, said Anisah, who is
Maria Bottomley, from Amada
means to be young British and currently studying Fine Art
Arts, the organisation hosting
Muslim living in the current at Huddersfield University.
the exhibition. “As well as
climate and believe art can play “But historically art has been
showcasing the work of the
an important part in eradicating embedded in Islamic culture
four artists, we want to raise
the stigma attached to young and I would like to make
awareness of the talents and
British Muslims. people more aware of that”.
achievements of young people
“I am interested in both Asiya agrees saying “People
in our local communities and
traditional art forms such would never look at us and
the positive contribution they
as calligraphy and in think we were artists because
make. We hope lots of people
contemporary art”, says 19 they just don’t expect us to be
will show their support and
year old Fatema Mayet. – but we are!”
visit the exhibition”.
“Through my work I am trying The exhibition, which opens
Change In Perspective
to find links between the two on 21 June, features a range
will be officially opened on
that will express my identity as of work from contemporary
Saturday 21 June and will then
young, British and Muslim”. calligraphy and silk painting
open Wednesday to Saturday
PICTURE PERFECT In the process the four young to drawings influenced by
10am -2pm from 25 June to 12
Pictured exhibition
artists hope to challenge architecture and sculpture
July at Textile Hall, Hick Lane,
stereotypes both within their inspired by nature.
Batley.
work from four young
own communities and the “The exhibition is the first of
More information about the
British Muslim girls
mainstream. its kind in our area and we exhibition call: 0781 765 8270
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