Category Archives: Spaces

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

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

Shakespeare meets Scheherazade in a film which took nine years to complete: Kamel Zouaoui on ‘Hold Back’

London may be home to over 100,000 Arabs, but the larger Arab-origin community in Paris is arguably far more famous. It is therefore not surprising Hold Back, an award-winning French film about a black Parisian who wants to marry his

Shakespeare meets Scheherazade in a film which took nine years to complete: Kamel Zouaoui on ‘Hold Back’

London may be home to over 100,000 Arabs, but the larger Arab-origin community in Paris is arguably far more famous. It is therefore not surprising Hold Back, an award-winning French film about a black Parisian who wants to marry his

What’s On: From sketches with Nazir Tanbouli to watchtowers at the Mosaic Rooms

Award-winning mural artist Nazir Tanbouli is inviting anyone who can pick up a pen to come down to Studio 75 for a Draw In on Saturday 1 December 2012. Those who prefer to watch can see his live drawing demonstration

What’s On: From sketches with Nazir Tanbouli to watchtowers at the Mosaic Rooms

Award-winning mural artist Nazir Tanbouli is inviting anyone who can pick up a pen to come down to Studio 75 for a Draw In on Saturday 1 December 2012. Those who prefer to watch can see his live drawing demonstration

Future Shorts at Edge of Arabia, #Cometogether

How do you get Londoners excited about Middle Eastern short films? Try holding the screening in a Spitalfields art exhibition, calling it “secret” and then attracting as much attention as possible on the night by drumming in the queue. And,

Future Shorts at Edge of Arabia, #Cometogether

How do you get Londoners excited about Middle Eastern short films? Try holding the screening in a Spitalfields art exhibition, calling it “secret” and then attracting as much attention as possible on the night by drumming in the queue. And,

Want To Learn Arabic?

Above is a map showing schools that offer support for Arabic as a language. For an interactive version, click here. Some of the schools even offer extracurricular teaching for adults – we’ve outlined which ones.

Want To Learn Arabic?

Above is a map showing schools that offer support for Arabic as a language. For an interactive version, click here. Some of the schools even offer extracurricular teaching for adults – we’ve outlined which ones.

The Rise of Middle Eastern Street Art

While the Arab Spring of 2011 was by no means the beginnings of street art in the Middle East – UPDATE: as discussed in a recent openDemocracy talk – it did lead to an explosion of graffitis, murals and stencils across

The Rise of Middle Eastern Street Art

While the Arab Spring of 2011 was by no means the beginnings of street art in the Middle East – UPDATE: as discussed in a recent openDemocracy talk – it did lead to an explosion of graffitis, murals and stencils across

Image courtesy of Nazir Tanbouli

Monsters, fish and many-eyed men: Meet the new residents of an East London estate

The estate on Laburnum Street is an unlikely canvas. Windows are bricked up or smashed. Long-abandoned bicycles lie tangled in the balconies like dead insects. Then I see the monsters. Yellow and grotesque, they gnash against a black sky. It’s

Image courtesy of Nazir Tanbouli

Monsters, fish and many-eyed men: Meet the new residents of an East London estate

The estate on Laburnum Street is an unlikely canvas. Windows are bricked up or smashed. Long-abandoned bicycles lie tangled in the balconies like dead insects. Then I see the monsters. Yellow and grotesque, they gnash against a black sky. It’s