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A new exhibition launching at the Lakeside Arts Centre in June needs the prayers of religious leaders and representatives of faith groups in Nottingham for a sound installation examining belief and community.

Artist James Webb collects recordings of the prayers of people in the cities he exhibits in, investigating how belief creates community and how communities examine cities.

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“Religion is a powerful factor in our history, present and future, and it is important that we understand it and learn about all the faiths and cultures that are around us,” said James. “If the faith has an established tradition — no matter how small — and it is practiced in the Nottingham area, then I would very much like it to be represented in the exhibition. I look to include all faiths: from Christianity to Jainism, Islam to African traditional practices, plus Wicca, Buddhism, Theosophy and Rastafarianism. I want the lot.”

 

Prayers will be recorded by the artist, then presented playing out of 12 floor speakers in the installation. Each speaker has a different prayer, looping to create unique combinations of all the prayers recorded. Previous versions of this installation have been shown in the artist’s home city of Cape Town in South Africa. Its UK premiere was in Huddersfield. 

 

“The prayers in each city are geographically specific, and this can be a result of the city-specific concerns of each religion, as well as the accents of the people recorded,” James added. “The mix and ratio of religious groups also changes from city to city. The exhibition becomes unique to each location, as it is made in and for that location.

 

“I’m working on new manifestations in Johannesburg and Copenhagen. I would ultimately like to do versions all over the world.”

 

To offer your prayers to the exhibition, contact Neil Walker at: neil.walker@nottingham.ac.uk 

 

Prayer runs from Saturday June 26 to Sunday August 8 at the Djanogly Art Gallery on University Park. For more info visit www.lakesidearts.org.uk 

 

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