The world of worship in the City of London will be featured in an open-air photographic exhibition this month.
Faith in the City of London, which showcases the work of photographer Niki Gorick, will be presented in Paternoster Square from 3 October to 28 October, before transferring to Aldgate Square for its 29 October to 26 November run.
The free exhibition will feature images from weddings, communions, evangelical bible studies, Livery company carol services, Muslim worship, and Afghan music to reveal the Square Mile’s vibrant and diverse spiritual life that stretches out into many faiths.
The exhibition complements Niki Gorick’s book, also entitled Faith in the City of London, which was published by Unicorn earlier this year.
Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman William Russell, who provides the foreword for the accompanying book, said:
“Niki’s wonderful photographs have the ability to draw the reader into the City of London’s diverse spiritual life which, despite the large number of places of worship in the Square Mile, many people will be unaware of.
“Whatever their beliefs, I do hope that they will be encouraged to view the exhibition and learn more about people’s different faiths and the beautiful places of worship where they find peace, meaning, and a sense of community.”
Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, Wendy Hyde, said:
“Niki’s admirable skill with her camera and her ability to capture a moment of contemplation, joy, or stillness on someone’s face will certainly shine through in this new exhibition.
“I am sure that ‘Faith in the City of London’, presented in two impressive outdoor spaces in the Square Mile, will be a draw for everyone who is intrigued by the relationship between faith and financial services.”
Photographer Niki Gorick said:
“When you explore the spiritual side of things and are offered the level of access that I was given, you begin to see London and Londoners from a completely new angle, and I hope that this revelatory feeling will be conveyed in the photos that I’ve chosen for the exhibition.
“Through this work, I am hoping to provide a real insight into how City workers are trying to connect to life’s deeper meanings, and where religious traditions and questions of faith are still very much alive.”
The City of London Corporation, which is headed by Lord Mayor William Russell, is the fourth largest funder of heritage and cultural activities in the UK and invests over £100m every year.
The City Corporation is also developing Culture Mile – a new home for contemporary culture in the ancient heart of London’s working capital. Led by the City of London Corporation, with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London, together they are creating a vibrant cultural and creative area in the north-west corner of the Square Mile between Farringdon and Moorgate.
This investment in a new cultural and creative destination for London includes £197m funding to support the Museum of London’s move to West Smithfield and £6.8m to support the detailed business case for the proposed Centre for Music.