The new Islamic Art Gallery Ahlan Art in London has launched the first Islamic interactive art piece created by the public. The canvas began with the Kaaba at the center of the canvas and has been travelling around the country to have the public add their brush stroke on the piece. The exhibition held at the Holiday Inn, Wembley, London featured the work of two of the artists, which Ahlan Art represents, Peter Gould and Siddiqa Juma.
The interactive element ‘Make Your Mark’ was inspired by the popular art piece Diversity painted by one of their leading artists, Siddiqa Juma. The piece shows the Kaaba as a centre point, surrounded by a blanket of multi-coloured strokes, to represent the diverse, but united humanity. The first brush stroke was added by singer Sami Yusuf and thereafter by many well-known public figures as well as the general public.
The Kaaba, house of God, formed the focus of the exhibition. “In an age where so much development takes places in Makkah to accommodate pilgrims, while the Kabaa has been rebuilt many times over, that the Kabaa formed the focus of the exhibition was a comfort,” said Farrukh I. Younus, one of the visitors.
The co-founder of the gallery Mohamed Hakim explained, “The message is clear, despite our differences we are united through our humanity and creation. Through this campaign we want to show the world that Islam represents peace and we all stand united against injustice all around the world.”
The general public also have been making their mark on this art piece during the Hajj Art Exhibition In London during 6-12th October, and it is now set to travel to a number of international destinations, including Qatar and Dubai within the month.