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Beyond Faith

Muslim Women Artists Today

Beyond Faith: Muslim Women Artists Today

This exhibition of five contemporary artists presents their work in conversation with pieces selected from the Whitworth’s art collection.

It brings together the artworks and stories of artists Robina Akhter Ullah, Shabana Baig, Fatimah Fagihassan, Aida Foroutan and Usarae Gul as they explore themes of identity, faith, cultures, otherness and belonging. Investigating key questions around in/exclusion in art spaces and public collections, this group exhibition showcases the important and often overlooked contribution of Muslim women to culture and the arts in contemporary Britain.

Combining graphic design, textiles, painting and photography, Beyond Faith will be shown in the Collection Centre and as part of an artist intervention in Four Corners of One Cloth: Textiles from the Islamic World. It marks the culmination of a major Arts and Humanities Research Council Project on the roles and experiences of Muslim women in the UK Cultural Industries led by Dr Saskia Warren, The University of Manchester.

Beyond Faith: Artist Sunday
In partnership with Journeys Festival
Sunday 13 October
Free, drop-in, no need to book

Join the Beyond Faith artists and Journeys Festival for an Artist Sunday for all the family. Explore the themes of identity, culture, otherness and belonging in the Whitworth’s exhibition Beyond Faith.

Artists will be leading workshops and talks throughout the day. Find out about the full programme of events here.


Beyond Faith: Muslim Women Artists Today, is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UKRI)

14 June 2019 – 26 January 2020

Image: Usarae Gul, Delhi Sweet House (Curry Mile), 2016