The Mosaic Rooms

The Mosaic Rooms Non-profit art gallery and bookshop dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary culture from Qattan Foundation, a registered charity number 1029450.

We believe in the importance of creating a cultural space that presents new thinking and daring creativity, illuminates ideas, inspires understanding, and interrogates contemporary issues. Our vision is for a London audience with a more informed, engaged and critical understanding of Arab culture and society. We are a non-party political, non-religious organisation, and we are a project of the A.M

. Visit The Mosaic Rooms bookshop here: http://www.mosaicrooms.org/category/shop/

Find out about hiring The Mosaic Rooms for your event here: http://www.mosaicrooms.org/venue-hire-details/

Find out more about the A M Qattan Foundation here: http://www.mosaicrooms.org/a-m-qattan-foundation/

🌱 Join Alaa Abu Asad as he shares his research The dog chased its tail to bite it off (2018– ongoing) on invasive specie...
18/04/2024

🌱 Join Alaa Abu Asad as he shares his research The dog chased its tail to bite it off (2018– ongoing) on invasive species. The reading will reflect on actual policies, national campaigns of combat and control, social / economic / political effects, and the conflation between natural and national history. The work also imagines alternative ways of living with these species and finding a common future. Following the reading, we invite you to continue informal conversations over a brew of Japanese knotweed tea.☕

🌴 Alaa Abu Asad is an artist, researcher, and photographer. Language and plants are central themes through which he develops alternative trajectories where values of (re)presentation, translation, viewing, reading, and understanding can intersect.🎇 His work takes the form of writing, film, and interactive installations, in which he visually represents his research and explores the boundaries of languages. ✏️

📅 Saturday 27 April, 11 am
🎟️ Tickets: https://mosaicrooms.org/event/in-the-absence-of-the-invasive-can-we-finally-look-at-the-japanese-knotweed-as-a-green-future-companion/

📸 Alaa Abu Asad, Japanese knotweed leaves, sticks and tools. ©Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, 2023. Photo: Thaddeus Photography
📸 Alaa Abu Asad, Japanese knotweed in blossom, Ghent, September 2022

🌟 Introducing Jacob V Joyce (), the wonderful, award-winning artist behind this year’s Mosaic Rooms Young Collective 202...
17/04/2024

🌟 Introducing Jacob V Joyce (), the wonderful, award-winning artist behind this year’s Mosaic Rooms Young Collective 2024! 🎨

Next week Jacob and our fantastic group of 18–25-year-olds are starting their journey on exploring the theme Cruising Alternative Realities. 🚀

Jacob V Joyce is a dynamic artist, researcher, and educator hailing from South London. With a focus on community engagement, their work spans mural painting, illustration, workshops, poetry, and punk music with their band Screaming Toenail. 🌈

From illustrating international human rights campaigns to amplifying q***r and anti-colonial narratives, Jacob’s impactful art has made waves worldwide. 🌊

We can’t wait to see the magic unfold as Jacob leads our Young Collective through a series of creative sessions. Stay tuned for updates and behind-the-scenes glimpses of their inspiring journey! ✨

"The aim of this exhibition is to say that colonialism did not stop in 1962", Samia Henni tells Stir World. Our current ...
12/04/2024

"The aim of this exhibition is to say that colonialism did not stop in 1962", Samia Henni tells Stir World.

Our current exhibition, Performing Colonial Toxicity, presents available, offered, contraband and leaked materials in an immersive multimedia installation. Architectural historian Sami Henni’s research straddles between oral histories and investigative reportage, bearing witness to the suppressed history of French colonial violence and its ongoing impacts in Algeria.

📅 Open until 16 June 2024
⏰ Our opening hours are Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 6 pm
🔗 Check out Henni's interview linked on our linktree

Photos by Andy Stagg

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The Mosaic Rooms and Maqam invite Dirar Kalash to host a second reading session and discussion of Memory for Forgetfulne...
05/04/2024

The Mosaic Rooms and Maqam invite Dirar Kalash to host a second reading session and discussion of Memory for Forgetfulness by Mahmoud Darwish.

📅 Wednesday 10 April, 7pm

📚 We will be focusing on the concepts of time (history) and space (geography) and their position in the process of knowledge production on the current situation in Palestine in particular, not only as a theory, but also as a consciousness, taking off from a multi-layered reading of Memory for Forgetfulness; analysing possible relationships among lived experience, the writing of history, event, and language – from writing the Nakba from a sonic and aural perspective, and through the transformations of time and space in Palestine.

RSVP and more information: https://mosaicrooms.org/event/the-memory-of-now-the-forgetfulness-of-none-on-the-politics-of-space-and-time-in-palestinian-literature-part-2/

🌺 Introducing common /play\ grounds, a reciprocal project hosted by yasamin ghalehnoie and sass popoli. This project sid...
04/04/2024

🌺 Introducing common /play\ grounds, a reciprocal project hosted by yasamin ghalehnoie and sass popoli. This project sides with our new programme strand Mujaawarah (neighbouring)* dedicated to convivial learning, social action, and communal understanding. ✨

📍 Unfolding over five workshops, yasamin and sass invite you to realise playgrounds, dream subversive modes of being, imagine otherwise, and to rest and moaasherat (coming together).🎇

The project offers opportunities to publish collectively, perform, and share work in the playgrounds of our imaginary worlds; through zines, letters, maps, and poems. 🖌️ 💌 🗺️


🔗 more details on the project & how to participate: https://mosaicrooms.org/common-play-grounds/

✨ Come check out our current exhibition, Preforming Colonial Toxicity by Samia Henni.Performing Colonial Toxicity presen...
28/03/2024

✨ Come check out our current exhibition, Preforming Colonial Toxicity by Samia Henni.

Performing Colonial Toxicity presents available, offered, contraband and leaked materials from these archives in an immersive multimedia installation. Henni’s research straddles between oral histories and investigative reportage, bearing witness to the suppressed history of French colonial violence and its ongoing impacts in Algeria.

📅 Our opening hours are Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 6 pm, including this Bank Holiday 29-31 March 🌱

📸 credits: Karen Yeoman

🌸During this school holiday, here is the list of activities for you and your young ones to enjoy:🌊 Play Lab: Water Binds...
27/03/2024

🌸During this school holiday, here is the list of activities for you and your young ones to enjoy:

🌊 Play Lab: Water Binds Us is a self-led sensory play space open every Saturday and Sunday from 11-4 and you can book your one-hour slot through the link in our bio.

📖 ✨ Play area: You can visit our art and craft play area any time to explore creative materials and sensory play activities.

👀 🌼 Family Fridays: Explore our wonderful collection of sensory objects every Friday from 11-4. Find soft, colourful objects scattered around the gallery designed by

👧 📚 Families online: You can also enjoy some creative activities from The Mosaic Rooms at home. Watch the videos on our Vimeo page.

🔗 More information about each event can be found in the link bio!

Want to join our team? Last days to apply for the role of Head of Developments & Operations!Do you or someone you know, ...
27/03/2024

Want to join our team? Last days to apply for the role of Head of Developments & Operations!

Do you or someone you know, want to join a talented team, work closely with our director and to be passionate about fundraising, finance, governance and management to support our contemporary arts programme to a wide ranging audience?✨

📣Then please spread the word!

🔗Find out more with link in bio
📌Deadline: 29 March 2024

💦Join Chahine Fellahi for our next sensory art and play session exploring watery bondings and becomings. Children and th...
22/03/2024

💦Join Chahine Fellahi for our next sensory art and play session exploring watery bondings and becomings. Children and their accompanying grown-ups will be invited to take part in hands-on activities using organic materials and textiles and activate the gallery space through playful interactions with light and projection. 💦

🗓 Thursday 11 April 2pm-4pm
🎇 Ages: 4-11 although all are welcome. Children to be accompanied by adults.
💧 All materials will be provided.
🎟️ Free
🏷️ RSVP:https://mosaicrooms.org/event/play-lab-workshop/

✨ Play Lab: Water Binds Us is a three-month intervention at The Mosaic Rooms, transforming one of the gallery spaces into a sensory play space for children and their accompanying grown-ups. Following this first workshop, the space will be opened at the weekends for continued exploration and self-led play. 🌊

Chahine Fellahi is a visual artist and filmmaker based between London and Casablanca. Working across analog and digital processes, her practice harnesses film and photography as tools to explore the materiality of images and their relationship to memory.

Join architectural historian and exhibition maker Samia Henni for a walk-through the exhibition Performing Colonial Toxi...
21/03/2024

Join architectural historian and exhibition maker Samia Henni for a walk-through the exhibition Performing Colonial Toxicity, an archival survey exhibition documenting France’s secret nuclear programme in Algeria during and after the Algerian Revolution (1954-62).

The exhibition presents available, offered, contraband and leaked materials from these archives in an immersive multimedia installation. Henni’s research straddles between oral histories and investigative reportage, bearing witness to the suppressed history of French colonial violence and its ongoing impact in Algeria. Throughout the tour, Samia will delve further into the history of the programme, recounting oral testimonies, first hand accounts and unknown anecdotes not present in the installation.

A light breakfast will be served.

📅 Friday 22 March, 11am
🎟️ Free, RSVP: https://mosaicrooms.org/event/performingcolonialtoxicitytour/

Image: Installation photo of the exhibition Performing Colonial Toxicity (2023) by Samoa Henni at Framer Framed in collaboration with If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want o Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam. Photo Maarten Nauw.

🎇 We welcome you to join us for the opening of our exciting new show, Performing Colonial Toxicity, an archival survey e...
20/03/2024

🎇 We welcome you to join us for the opening of our exciting new show, Performing Colonial Toxicity, an archival survey exhibition documenting France’s secret nuclear programme in Algeria during and after the Algerian Revolution (1954-62).🔎 This research project, put together by architectural historian and exhibition maker Samia Henni, is presented in series of audio-visual assemblages — explored through maps, photographs, film, stills, documents and archival testimonies.🗺️

📅 Thursday March 21, 7 PM
🎟️ Free, RSVP: https://mosaicrooms.org/event/performing-colonial-toxicity-samia-henni-2/

✏️ Samia Henni is an architectural historian, exhibition maker and educator. Working through textual and visual strategies, her practice interrogates histories of the built, destroyed and imagined environment – those produced by processes and mechanisms of colonisation, forced displacement, nuclear weapons, resource extraction and warfare.

Image: Photograph by Bruno Barrillot of France’s nuclear sites in Reggane and In Ekker in the Algerian Sahara, taken during a trip with filmmaker Larbi Benchiha and his team in November 2007. Courtesy Observatoire des armements, Lyon, France.

📣 Exhibition Announcement: Performing Colonial Toxicity 📣The Mosaic Rooms is pleased to present Performing Colonial Toxi...
13/03/2024

📣 Exhibition Announcement: Performing Colonial Toxicity 📣

The Mosaic Rooms is pleased to present Performing Colonial Toxicity, an archival survey exhibition documenting France’s secret nuclear programme in Algeria during and after the Algerian Revolution (1954-62). This expansive research project, put together by architectural historian and exhibition maker Samia Henni, unfolds across a series of audio-visual assemblages — each consisting of maps, photographs, film, stills, documents and archival testimonies.🏜️

📅 Open 22 March until 16 June 2024
⏰ Our opening times are Tuesdays to Sundays 11am - 6pm

Between 1960 and 1966, the French colonial regime detonated four atmospheric atomic bombs, thirteen underground nuclear bombs and conducted other nuclear experiments in the Algerian Sahara, whose natural resources were being extracted in the process. This secret nuclear weapons programme resulted in the toxification of the Sahara, causing irreversible and still ongoing contaminations of living bodies, cells and particles, as well as in the natural and built environments.

Performing Colonial Toxicity presents available, offered, contraband and leaked materials in an immersive multimedia installation. Henni’s research straddles between oral histories and investigative reportage, bearing witness to the suppressed history of French colonial violence and its ongoing impacts in Algeria.

Samia Henni is an architectural historian, exhibition maker and educator. Working through textual and visual strategies, her practice interrogates histories of the built, destroyed and imagined environment – those produced by processes and mechanisms of colonisation, forced displacement, nuclear weapons, resource extraction and warfare.

🔗 More details in the link in our bio.

📸 Photograph by Bruno Barrillot of France’s nuclear sites in Reggane and In Ekker in the Algerian Sahara, taken during a trip with filmmaker Larbi Benchiha and his team in November 2007. Courtesy Observatoire des armements, Lyon, France. Design by Hyperkit.

🌙 Ramadan Kareem to everyone in our community observing the fast. Image: Vision of the Tomb 1965, Oil on canvas, Museum ...
11/03/2024

🌙 Ramadan Kareem to everyone in our community observing the fast.

Image: Vision of the Tomb 1965, Oil on canvas, Museum for African Art, New York © Ibrahim El-Salahi.

Last weekend to visit Translation as Hospitality by The School of Mutants! The exhibition is open until and including Su...
08/03/2024

Last weekend to visit Translation as Hospitality by The School of Mutants! The exhibition is open until and including Sunday 10 March.

Translation as Hospitality invites the dreams of the past to translate themselves into the present and into our collective social and political desires. It invites you, the visitors, to be an active participant in that translation. Bringing into focus the radical potential of reading, experimental film and texts filled with anticolonial thought, you are welcome to use the printer in the space to participate, interpret and distribute these ideas and resources. You are encouraged to write, photocopy, collage, and bootleg the reading materials and share them by post or hand them to friends and strangers.

🎐Exhibition | Translation as Hospitality
🎟️ Free, no booking required
📅 Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm

✏️ Join us for an informal assembly with artists Hamedine Kane and Stéphane Bottero from The School of  Mutants. We will...
07/03/2024

✏️ Join us for an informal assembly with artists Hamedine Kane and Stéphane Bottero from The School of Mutants. We will gather together to activate the reading room in our current exhibition Translation as Hospitality, this will include the sharing of poetry, notes and texts not yet translated, or hard to find. Collectively, the aim is to further explore the potential for translation to act as a site of hospitality and inclusion. We convene with food, warm drinks and nourishing conversation. 🕊️

📅 Saturday 9 March, 11 am
📍 The Mosaic Rooms
🎟️ book via link in bio

Hamedine Kane, a Senegalese and Mauritanian artist and director, lives and works between Brussels and Dakar. Through his practice, Kane frequents borders, not as signs and factors of impossibility, but as places of passage and transformation, as a central element in the conception of an itinerant identity. After ten years of exile in Europe, his practice now focuses on themes of memory and heritage. In his work, past and future are intertwined, transgressing and irrigating the boundaries of space and time.

Stéphane V. Bottéro is an artist working at the intersection of social practice, installation, writing, gardening and cooking. He is interested in the entanglements of community, materiality, body and place. Based on site-specific research and durational interventions, his practice explores pedagogies of repairing.

The School of Mutants is a collaborative platform for art and research initiated in 2018 in Dakar, Senegal. Working across geographies and engaging with socio-cultural, ecological, and aesthetic mutations of the real, the collective aims to mobilize spaces for the production, transmission, and pluralization of knowledge in non-hierarchical ways.

📸: Courtesy of Andy Stagg

Photo ID: visitors at Translation as Hospitality exhibition

🌟 Calling all creative minds aged 18-25 who identify as being part of Global Majority! 🌟Join The Mosaic Rooms Young Coll...
06/03/2024

🌟 Calling all creative minds aged 18-25 who identify as being part of Global Majority! 🌟

Join The Mosaic Rooms Young Collective for a creative journey led by professional artist Jacob V Joyce.

🔍 Discover new perspectives through collage, movement, foraging, and costume-making sessions.
🌌 Explore themes of science fiction, afro-futurism, and myth-making.
🤝 Receive mentoring and support from The Mosaic Rooms team to nurture your creative aspirations.

Sessions will take place monthly between April and November at The Mosaic Rooms, SW5 0SW. Extra sessions may be available, and it's okay if you can't make every session.

No previous art experience required—just bring your open and curious mind! 🌈

Apply now via the link in our bio to join the Collective. Priority will be given to those who have no formal art learning beyond GCSE level.

Learn more via link in bio.

In times of 'reputational risk' we all need our friends. 🧚‍♀️✨We believe that art and culture should be accessible to ev...
06/03/2024

In times of 'reputational risk' we all need our friends. 🧚‍♀️

✨We believe that art and culture should be accessible to everyone and are proud to keep our events and exhibitions free of charge. 🍃

🧶As a charity we depend on the support of our community to enable us to deliver our ambitious programme of exhibitions, learning and events. 💌Your support and generosity allow us to continue to platform artistic practices which offer spaces of play and joy, interrogate contemporary issues and empower artists to create new work.🎨

🌱We consider cultural space as sites of community building and friendship.👭

🙌Join us and our circle of friends - click here: https://mosaicrooms.org/become-a-friend-of-the-mosaic-rooms-2/

Design by Hyperkit

RECOMMEND - FUNDRAISER FILM SCREENING | At Home in Gaza and LondonTue 5 March, 7pm - SOASAt Home in Gaza and London foll...
03/03/2024

RECOMMEND -

FUNDRAISER FILM SCREENING | At Home in Gaza and London
Tue 5 March, 7pm - SOAS

At Home in Gaza and London follows the lives of people living in two locations separated by great political, economic, and physical divides. By using a mix of live-streaming and recorded video, a single performance space is created where artists work together. They occupy each other’s homes, streets and other social spaces. Sharing their everyday behaviour and concerns, as they dissolve into each other or become ghostly protagonists in the drama.

https://www.soas.ac.uk/about/event/fundraiser-screening-home-gaza-and-london #:~:text=At%20Home%20in%20Gaza%20and%20London%20follows%20the%20lives%20of,created%20where%20artists%20work%20together.

🔎We are looking for a Head of Development and Operations to join our team at The Mosaic Rooms! Do you or someone you kno...
02/03/2024

🔎We are looking for a Head of Development and Operations to join our team at The Mosaic Rooms!

Do you or someone you know, want to join a talented team, work closely with our director and to be passionate about fundraising, finance, governance and management to support our contemporary arts programme to a wide ranging audience?

📣Then please spread the word!

🔗Find out more with link in bio
📌Deadline: Sunday 29 March 2024

🎐Exhibition | Translation as Hospitality 🎟️ Free, no booking required 📅 Open until and including 10 March from Tuesday-S...
01/03/2024

🎐Exhibition | Translation as Hospitality
🎟️ Free, no booking required
📅 Open until and including 10 March from Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm

🔎Senegalese writer and filmmaker, Sembène Ousmane, also known as the father of African Cinema, is a major inspiration running throughout the School of Mutants’ work and the current exhibition Translation as Hospitality.’ He famously said: “We are not alone in the world, but we are our own sun. I do not define myself relative to Europe. In the darkest of darkness, if the other does not see me, I do see myself. And surely do I shine!” 🌞An active contributor to Lotus magazine he was awarded the Lotus Prize for Afro-Asian Literature in 1971.

🎬His films carry a spirit of rebellion mirroring the dawn independence for many African nations in the 1960s. Some of his prolific films, Mandabi (1968) and Xala (1975). Understanding film as a tool to disseminate his written works, Sembène explored social realist themes, addressing the struggles against the colonial powers. After the success of his first feature La Noire de... (1966), he focused on making films in his native language Wolof.

📚The School of Mutants’ installation Translation as Hospitality features prints of book covers and large-scale tapestries incorporating Sembène’s quote “I am my own sun” in Wolof and English alongside stills from his films. 🫒Inspired by his writings and films, where Sahelian trees set the space for gatherings, you can sit around the olive tree, read and discuss issues of Lotus magazine, as well as of Sembène’s contemporaries, Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka, amidst poetry and texts on translation by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and others.🖨️Use the copy machine to scan your favourite passages, and share with friends or strangers by writing and collaging letters. 💌

Images: Courtesy of Andy Stagg

🌱Are you an educator or participatory practitioner interested in working with children and young people?  📅  On 19th Mar...
29/02/2024

🌱Are you an educator or participatory practitioner interested in working with children and young people?

📅 On 19th March 4-5pm we are hosting an online information session to delve into the school-based work of The Mosaic Rooms and particularly School Studio: Structure, Restructure; a project which engaged local secondary school students in using contemporary art methods to interrogate their surroundings. 💭

Led by artists Aya Haidar and Nia Fekri and managed by artist-educator Rosie Thwaites, School Studio: Structure, Restructure encouraged students and teachers to reflect on and question the power and structural dynamics.✨

Join us to hear the project team talk about the intention behind the project, the challenges and successes of the work, and leave with tools to create a similar project in your setting.

To see the project resource that we will be sharing and to register for this Zoom event, see links in bio 🔗

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22/02/2024

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Recommendation: Open Call for Young Shubbak
22/02/2024

Recommendation: Open Call for Young Shubbak

Young Shubbak is a training and development programme for young people passionate about developing a career in the arts.

🔍 Introducing The School of Mutants  The School of Mutants (SoM)  is a collaborative platform for art and research initi...
22/02/2024

🔍 Introducing The School of Mutants
The School of Mutants (SoM) is a collaborative platform for art and research initiated in Dakar, Senegal, in 2018. The group’s members include Boris Raux, Hamedine Kane, Lou Mo, Stéphane Verlet Bottéro, and Valérie Osouf. SoM aims to mobilize spaces for the production, transmission, and pluralization of knowledge in a decolonial manner. It develops multidisciplinary inquiries on the role of universities and educational infrastructures in our contemporary society.

The group’s name is inspired by the University of Mutants, a learning space founded in Senegal in the late 1970s fostering non-hierarchical teaching and epistemic decolonization at a historical moment of increased Southern solidarity. Taking as a starting point the history of post-independence utopia in Senegal, The School of Mutants invites us to speculate on alternative futures through engaging with experimental pedagogical utopias. We encourage you visit SoM’s installation in our space and interact with the resources through writing, photocopying, collaging and sharing ideas!

🎟️ Free, no booking required
📅 open until and including 10 March from Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm

Images: Courtesy of Andy Stagg.
Image ID: Visitor looking at artwork in Translation as Hospitality Exhibition

Drawing inspiration from Mahmoud Darwish’s poetic reflection “water binds me to your name”, this project transforms one ...
21/02/2024

Drawing inspiration from Mahmoud Darwish’s poetic reflection “water binds me to your name”, this project transforms one of the gallery spaces into a sensory playground for children and their accompanying grown-ups. This space extends an open invitation for the public to explore new ways to interconnect, engaging with water as a medium for play, transformation, and collective imagination.

The sensory play space for children and their accompanying grown-ups, will evolve over the period, utilising experimental methods across three public workshops for children and families. Each workshop leaves a “trace” in the Play Lab, to be explored and developed by you.

📅 Open every weekend From March 2nd to 16th of June, 11am-4pm

Upcoming workshops:
Thursday 11 April, 2–4pm
Thursday 30 May, 2–4pm

🎇 Ages: all are welcome. Children to be accompanied by adults.
🎟️ Free, RSVP link in bio.

Discover projection, movement and mark-making, and make and project your own mesmerising waterscapes onto the walls at the Mosaic Rooms.

Image ID: children doing an arts activity on a table, adults in the background.

Recommend: San Mei GalleryOpen Call for Exhibitions 2025
21/02/2024

Recommend: San Mei Gallery
Open Call for Exhibitions 2025

San Mei Gallery is looking for exhibition proposals from artists, creatives, designers, architects and makers (solo or groups) with research-based practices to stage an exhibition in our Brixton-based gallery in 2025. 

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