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Sound and Silence Exhibition: Prayer and Contemplation at the Heart of the City of Birmingham

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A new exhibition exploring prayer and contemplation in the city of Birmingham opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Sound & Silence is free to visit and open daily in the Community Gallery 13 Sept – 13 Dec 2014. The exhibition has been created in collaboration with many faith partners.

‘Sound and Silence – Prayer and Contemplation at the Heart of the City of Birmingham’ opens in the Community Gallery at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 13 September 2014. This new exhibition has been developed in partnership with the Museum of World Religions (UK), the Nishkam Centre, the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham, the Birmingham Faith Leaders Group and Birmingham SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education). It has been funded by Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England as well as ‘Together in Service.’

‘Sound and Silence’ includes displays of objects related to different prayer, alongside personal stories, original film and photography. The exhibition will also include a contemplation area, a ‘tree’ where visitors can leave prayers and comments and a selection of artwork on the theme of prayer and contemplation developed by local artists and students.

Richard Statham, Community Engagement Manager at Birmingham Museums Trust explains; “This pioneering exhibition explores and brings to life the experience of prayer and contemplation among some of Birmingham’s major faith groups; Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and the Sikh faith. It also explores the perspectives of people who do not identify with any particular faith. ‘Sound and Silence’ is one of the first of its kind to explore prayer and contemplation from a multi-faith approach, and we are very proud to be able to present this rich exhibition to citizens of Birmingham and visitors to the city.”


Jill Stolberg of SACRE said: “’Sound and Silence’ will surprise and challenge visitors, giving everyone in Birmingham an opportunity to think about why prayer is a vital ingredient in the lives of so many people across all of the city’s diverse communities.”

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