Is there room for religion at UAL?

UAL – Room for religion event

Matthew spoke yesterday at an event at the University of the Arts London, about his essay on religion within the university. The event was attended by about 40 staff and students from across the university and included a lively and fun exchange of ideas and views. The following is from the advert for the day:

This event aims to stimulate debate about the different positions people might take to religion and belief at the University and how these positions inform our work.

Drawing on a model developed by the Religious Literacy Leadership in Higher Education Programme, participants will be invited to reflect on the question “Is there room for religion at UAL?” exploring the following themes:

Room to debate the role of religious faith, identity and secular traditions within Higher Education.
Academic and creative room within pedagogies of art, design and communications.
Physical room in the form of quiet spaces and meeting places.
We are keen to attract participants from diverse religious or faith backgrounds as well as those who view the University as a secular environment or who do not identify with a particular faith group.

This event is part of the UAL Equality and Diversity Forum series.

We are delighted to confirm the following speakers:

Professor Reina Lewis Artscom Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies, London College of Fashion.

Matthew Francis Programme Manager and Research Associate for the Religious Literacy Leadership in Higher Education programme.

Quiz hosted by Yara El Sherbini.
4 – 5pm, Student Union Blueprint Cafe. Open to students and staff.

The event will end with a live art work hosted by artist Yara El Sherbini. Join the quiz-mistress, test your knowledge and win prizes in this entertaining and irreverent quiz, which playfully explores art, faith, and possibly a Muller Fruit Corner. Free snacks and drinks provided.

Yara El-Sherbini is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose playful practise explores knowledge production. Earlier this year Yara was artist in residence at Hayward Gallery as part of the Wide Open School exhibition, creating a project titled ‘How to stop being friends with someone you no longer have anything in common with’.

To find out more about Yara, please visit:

To find out more, please contact William Whitcombe on [email protected]