A new photograph featuring HRH The Prince of Wales and mentors from his Mosaic initiative has been unveiled as part of an exhibition at London’s Brunei Gallery.
The photograph forms part of Mosaic Ambassador Peter Sanders’ ‘The Art of Integration’ exhibition and was shown for the first time at an exclusive Mosaic Associates event at London’s Brunei Gallery on 12 May and demonstrates The Prince of Wales’s long-standing support for the Muslim community in the UK. The Prince has worked for many years to encourage inter-faith dialogue and greater understanding of other religions both in Britain and abroad.
In 2000, Peter Sanders photographed The Prince of Wales whilst on a visit to Islamia School, founded by Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens. 15 years later, Peter Sanders’ new photograph shows The Prince in the company of Asmaa Georgiou, CEO of the Yusuf Islam Foundation and Mosaic mentor; Uzair Bawany, Mosaic Board member and mentor at Brondesbury College in London; and Ishreen Bradley, also a Mosaic mentor at Brondesbury College. Brondesbury College is also a part of the Yusuf Islam Foundation network of schools.
The photograph was taken in the garden room at Clarence House in front of a tapestry by the artist Horace Vernet (1789-1863).
The Art of Integration exhibition, a visual reminder of the role Muslims play and have played in British life, is supported by Mosaic which The Prince of Wales founded specifically to create opportunities for young people of all backgrounds growing up in the most deprived communities.
Peter Sanders said: “In 2000 I had photographed The Prince of Wales when he visited Islamia School. Never hurried, the Prince spent time with the children, making his visit a memorable experience for all.
“Fifteen years later with Mosaic now in its seventh year, I was invited to photograph him meeting with some of the Mosaic mentors. When I saw the room, I felt this tapestry depicting the Ottomans, Mamluks and Arabs’ colourful past, and the antique sofa was the perfect setting. Again the Prince never rushed, engaged with his guests. All I had to do was capture the moment.”
Peter Sanders is internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading photographers of the Islamic World. The Art of Integration shows an alternative picture of Muslims integrated completely within British society.
Peter Sanders ‘The Art of Integration’ is open to the public at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, until 21st June 2015. Mosaic are delighted to be a partner for the Art of Integration exhibition.