Exhibition Launch ‘In Conversation with Zahir Rafiq – Portraits of British Muslims’

23rd Mar 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Creative Edge

I am Omar 2014 Oil on canvas 1920

Artist Zahir Rafiq joins I4P to talk about his work: contemporary Islamic art fusing traditional Islam motifs with western artistic styles.

Zahir Rafiq is an artist from South Yorkshire. He specialises in contemporary Islamic art where he fuses traditional Islam motifs with western artistic styles. With this approach he sought to express not only a new way of looking at Islamic art, but also his own identity as someone being brought up as a Muslim in Britain.

He has worked with organisations such as South Yorkshire Police to produce artwork for a poster campaign and also participated in a national exhibition for Islamic Awareness Week, on the theme of “Your Muslim Neighbour”. He believes art can be used to increase tolerance and understanding between people from different cultural backgrounds. This was evident when he worked in partnership with the Rotherham Tourist Initiative to hold the first exhibition of Islamic art within a Christian Church at All Saints in Rotherham shortly after the events of 9/11.

Zahir is currently working with Sheffield University exploring the theme of British Muslim identity trough portraiture as part of the Imagine Better Futures Project. He will paint subjects that depict the present day British Muslim community as well, challenging misconceptions and exploring generational differences.


  • 5.30pm – Registration and Refreshments
  • 6.00pm – Launch and Q&A
  • 7.00pm – Reception and Networking

To register your place on this event please email I4P@edgehill.ac.uk

Information about the exhibition is available here

Further information is available here