Category Archives: Art

Saloua Raouda Choucair, Self Portrait 1943, © Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation. Image: Tate Modern
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Saloua Choucair at the Tate Modern: 90 years of a Lebanese abstract pioneer

A lot has changed in 90 years – even in abstract art, as the Tate Modern’s Saloua Raouda Choucair retrospective shows. A visit to Cairo in the 1940s inspired Choucair (born 1916) to draw on the abstract patterns in Islamic

Saloua Raouda Choucair, Self Portrait 1943, © Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation. Image: Tate Modern
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Saloua Choucair at the Tate Modern: 90 years of a Lebanese abstract pioneer

A lot has changed in 90 years – even in abstract art, as the Tate Modern’s Saloua Raouda Choucair retrospective shows. A visit to Cairo in the 1940s inspired Choucair (born 1916) to draw on the abstract patterns in Islamic

Image: Rose Issa Project

Art review: Bita Ghezelayagh, The Letter that Never Arrived

In 2011, Bita Ghezelayagh’s combination of rural felt-craft and modern Iranian imagery earned her a place on the Jameel Prize shortlist. In her latest exhibition, she takes worn-out carpets from Western homes and returns them to their Middle Eastern roots

Image: Rose Issa Project

Art review: Bita Ghezelayagh, The Letter that Never Arrived

In 2011, Bita Ghezelayagh’s combination of rural felt-craft and modern Iranian imagery earned her a place on the Jameel Prize shortlist. In her latest exhibition, she takes worn-out carpets from Western homes and returns them to their Middle Eastern roots

National Museum of Iraq. Image: Dave Malkoff

And then there were three: Iraqi artist Hanaa Malallah exposes the disappearance of Baghdad’s galleries

Royal advocates and oil wealth has nourished art in the Gulf States. The revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia have unleashed a wave of dissident images. Iran produces cutting-edge cinema. So what is happening in Iraq? While a despotic regime is

National Museum of Iraq. Image: Dave Malkoff

And then there were three: Iraqi artist Hanaa Malallah exposes the disappearance of Baghdad’s galleries

Royal advocates and oil wealth has nourished art in the Gulf States. The revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia have unleashed a wave of dissident images. Iran produces cutting-edge cinema. So what is happening in Iraq? While a despotic regime is

Image: The Cardinal de la Ville

Caspian Arts Foundation £25,000 scholarship open for applications

MENA artists, photographers, designers or film-makers studying at one of London’s arts colleges could win a £25,000 scholarship to fund their studies. The University of the Arts London Caspian Arts Foundation, which aims to promote unity between Middle Eastern cultures

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Caspian Arts Foundation £25,000 scholarship open for applications

MENA artists, photographers, designers or film-makers studying at one of London’s arts colleges could win a £25,000 scholarship to fund their studies. The University of the Arts London Caspian Arts Foundation, which aims to promote unity between Middle Eastern cultures

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Iranian Olympic footage unearthed by London-based broadcaster

A London-based Iranian broadcaster has unearthed Iranian Olympics footage while collecting 1970s home movies for a film installation due to launch later this year. Fari Bradley, who runs the radio show Six Pillars to Persia, aims to create a collage

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Iranian Olympic footage unearthed by London-based broadcaster

A London-based Iranian broadcaster has unearthed Iranian Olympics footage while collecting 1970s home movies for a film installation due to launch later this year. Fari Bradley, who runs the radio show Six Pillars to Persia, aims to create a collage

Coming up: Syria Speaks, Iranian shadows, exclusive film screening

Writing: Syria Speaks Making sense of what is happening in Syria right now can be difficult, so the Southbank Centre has drafted in three Syrian writers to help interpret the situation. Famed Arabic novelist Nihad Sirees, whose first English language

Coming up: Syria Speaks, Iranian shadows, exclusive film screening

Writing: Syria Speaks Making sense of what is happening in Syria right now can be difficult, so the Southbank Centre has drafted in three Syrian writers to help interpret the situation. Famed Arabic novelist Nihad Sirees, whose first English language

Image: Dina Mattar, courtesy of Arts Canteen
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Review: Despite, Arts Canteen

It takes less than half an hour to make your way round Despite – but putting together the exhibition has been the result of years of contacts, organisation and work. The show, curated by Aser Al Saqqa and Nicola Gray

Image: Dina Mattar, courtesy of Arts Canteen
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Review: Despite, Arts Canteen

It takes less than half an hour to make your way round Despite – but putting together the exhibition has been the result of years of contacts, organisation and work. The show, curated by Aser Al Saqqa and Nicola Gray