The Mosaic Rooms

The Mosaic Rooms Non-profit art gallery and bookshop dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary culture from the Middle East and North Africa. The Mosaic Rooms are a non-profit art gallery and bookshop dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary culture from the Arab world and beyond.

We do this through our free contemporary art exhibitions as well as programme of multidisciplinary events including film screenings, current affairs talks, book launches, family workshops, artist residencies, and learning and engagement programme. We work in partnership with local, national and international organisations to disseminate our combined arts programme to the widest possible audience–in London and beyond. Our previous collaborations include partnerships with The British Museum, ICA, Shubbak Festival and London Design Festival amongst many others. 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 a project of the A.M. Qattan Foundation, a registered charity. Check out our current exhibition and events here: www.mosaicrooms.org. Sign up to our newsletter via our website hear about our new events, exhibitions and latest news.

We do this through our free contemporary art exhibitions as well as programme of multidisciplinary events including film screenings, current affairs talks, book launches, family workshops, artist residencies, and learning and engagement programme. We work in partnership with local, national and international organisations to disseminate our combined arts programme to the widest possible audience–in London and beyond. Our previous collaborations include partnerships with The British Museum, ICA, Shubbak Festival and London Design Festival amongst many others. 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 a project of the A.M. Qattan Foundation, a registered charity. Check out our current exhibition and events here: www.mosaicrooms.org. Sign up to our newsletter via our website hear about our new events, exhibitions and latest news.

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Join us tomorrow, 13 May at 2pm BST for the first panel of our online symposium 'When I see the future.... ' This sessio...
12/05/2021

Join us tomorrow, 13 May at 2pm BST for the first panel of our online symposium 'When I see the future.... ' This session will examine the impact that digital technologies have on truth and historical fact in a post-digital age.

Artists and researchers Helene Kazan, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Susan Schuppli will investigate how their work intersects with evidence gathering, archival knowledge systems, political agency, and legislative discourses.

Sign up: https://bit.ly/symposiumpanel1bn

Join us tomorrow, 13 May at 2pm BST for the first panel of our online symposium 'When I see the future.... ' This session will examine the impact that digital technologies have on truth and historical fact in a post-digital age.

Artists and researchers Helene Kazan, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Susan Schuppli will investigate how their work intersects with evidence gathering, archival knowledge systems, political agency, and legislative discourses.

Sign up: https://bit.ly/symposiumpanel1bn

✨ 1 week to go until we reopen the doors of our exhibition by Heba Y. Amin 'When I see the future, I close my eyes' ✨“Wh...
11/05/2021

✨ 1 week to go until we reopen the doors of our exhibition by Heba Y. Amin 'When I see the future, I close my eyes' ✨

“What’s so exciting about this for me is that, because my work is so research intensive and requires collaboration in terms of how I mine material, (curator Anthony Downey and I) are exploring how we use the exhibition as a tool through which we produce knowledge with others,” Amin tells Arab News.

Read about the exhibition via Arab News here ➡️

✨ 1 week to go until we reopen the doors of our exhibition by Heba Y. Amin 'When I see the future, I close my eyes' ✨

“What’s so exciting about this for me is that, because my work is so research intensive and requires collaboration in terms of how I mine material, (curator Anthony Downey and I) are exploring how we use the exhibition as a tool through which we produce knowledge with others,” Amin tells Arab News.

Read about the exhibition via Arab News here ➡️

Naeem Mohaiement speaks to OCULA about his new film Jole Dobe Na (Those Who Do Not Drown). Naeem will also be speaking o...
11/05/2021

Naeem Mohaiement speaks to OCULA about his new film Jole Dobe Na (Those Who Do Not Drown). Naeem will also be speaking on the first panel in our 'When I see the future' online symposium on Witness Statements and Technologies of Memory on 13th May

http://bit.ly/NAEEMMOHAIEMEN

Naeem Mohaiement speaks to OCULA about his new film Jole Dobe Na (Those Who Do Not Drown). Naeem will also be speaking on the first panel in our 'When I see the future' online symposium on Witness Statements and Technologies of Memory on 13th May

http://bit.ly/NAEEMMOHAIEMEN

The Mosaic Rooms have always invited important and critical reflections on the situation in Palestine/Israel. In light o...
10/05/2021

The Mosaic Rooms have always invited important and critical reflections on the situation in Palestine/Israel. In light of recent developments in Occupied East Jerusalem, we have put together a resource list that may help our friends and supporters to better understand the context of the current situation in Sheikh Jarrah: https://mosaicrooms.org/sheikh-jarrah/

Image: Courtesy of Mothanna Hussein.

The Mosaic Rooms have always invited important and critical reflections on the situation in Palestine/Israel. In light of recent developments in Occupied East Jerusalem, we have put together a resource list that may help our friends and supporters to better understand the context of the current situation in Sheikh Jarrah: https://mosaicrooms.org/sheikh-jarrah/

Image: Courtesy of Mothanna Hussein.

The Mosaic Rooms have always invited important and critical reflections on the situation in Palestine/Israel. In light o...
10/05/2021

The Mosaic Rooms have always invited important and critical reflections on the situation in Palestine/Israel. In light of recent developments in Occupied East Jerusalem, we have put together a resource list that may help our friends and supporters to better understand the context of the current situation in Sheikh Jarrah.

📌http://bit.ly/MRSheikJarrah

Artwork by Mothanna Hussein

The Mosaic Rooms have always invited important and critical reflections on the situation in Palestine/Israel. In light of recent developments in Occupied East Jerusalem, we have put together a resource list that may help our friends and supporters to better understand the context of the current situation in Sheikh Jarrah.

📌http://bit.ly/MRSheikJarrah

Artwork by Mothanna Hussein

WALK THIS WAY 📍Monday, 24 May 6.30 PM BST, in The Mosaic Rooms' gardenLearn how to confront surveillance technology with...
10/05/2021
Walk This Way with The Dazzle Club - The Mosaic Rooms

WALK THIS WAY 📍Monday, 24 May 6.30 PM BST, in The Mosaic Rooms' garden

Learn how to confront surveillance technology with artists and activists @thedazzleclub.

The Dazzle Club shows how to create your own camouflage designs to frustrate facial recognition technology. This creative workshop responds to themes of surveillance and control in the current exhibition by Heba Y. Amin. The Dazzle Club will then take visitors in camouflage on a guided walk to investigate the surveillance environment of South Kensington.

✏️Book The Dazzle Club's workshop and walk - £15

Learn how to confront surveillance technology in The Mosaic Rooms’ first in person event this year, led by artists, The

Join us for the first part of the symposium When I see the future…What impact do digital technologies have on truth and ...
09/05/2021

Join us for the first part of the symposium When I see the future…

What impact do digital technologies have on truth and historical fact in a post-digital age?

Artists and researchers Helene Kazan, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Susan Schuppli will investigate how their work intersects with evidence gathering, archival knowledge systems, political agency, and legislative discourses.

This panel discussion is moderated by Heba Y. Amin and Anthony Downey and part of the public programme of Heba Y. Amin‘s exhibition When I see the future, I close my eyes.

📷 Helene Kazan, Under Multiple Suns, documentary film, 15min, 2020. Stills. Courtesy and copyright of the artist.

Sign up here ➡️ http://bit.ly/symposiumpanel1

When I see the future... Our online symposium marks the final weeks of Heba Y Amin’s exhibition which reopens this month...
07/05/2021

When I see the future... Our online symposium marks the final weeks of Heba Y Amin’s exhibition which reopens this month. Three events look at evidence based practices, how digital deletion impacts historical memory and subversive technology. Artists and writers join Heba Y Amin and curator Anthony Downey for this special series.

http://bit.ly/hebasymposium

When I see the future... Our online symposium marks the final weeks of Heba Y Amin’s exhibition which reopens this month. Three events look at evidence based practices, how digital deletion impacts historical memory and subversive technology. Artists and writers join Heba Y Amin and curator Anthony Downey for this special series.

http://bit.ly/hebasymposium

06/05/2021
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Art Monthly reviews Praneet Soi's book Anamorphosis this month 📖
'Outlines of one image hosting the details of another makes apparent the connections between the struggles of the Kashmiri and Palestinian peoples. The 'freeze frame' aesthetic that converts the cinematography into the photographic imparts a degree of certainty often missing the story of conflict zones.[...] The book provides an elegant coda to an artwork seeking to understand fundamentally unknowable pain by looking closely.' Kamayani Sharma, Art Monthly.

Produced with @Bookswork the book followed Soi's exhibition Anamorphosis: Notes from Palestine, Winter in the Kashmir Valley at The Mosaic Rooms in 2019.

05/05/2021
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What has the past year meant to young people? In Lockdown Diaries: Over & Out artists Aya Haidar and Marwan Kaabour will work with three local secondary schools to explore storytelling in contemporary art. Students will be invited to use different storytelling tools to reflect and process their lived experience of the Coronavirus pandemic. Taking part in this month long project are Kensington Aldridge Academy, Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School and Holland Park School.

Videos and challenges will be released weekly from 17 May. If you know a school who would like to use these free resources let us know. Follow our socials and vimeo. More: http://bit.ly/overandoutschools

Read about our first in person event, an online symposium of talks marking the last weeks of Heba Y Amin's exhibition, a...
05/05/2021

Read about our first in person event, an online symposium of talks marking the last weeks of Heba Y Amin's exhibition, and our latest recommendations in The Mosaic Rooms newsletter.
👉http://bit.ly/MRNewsApril2

The Taqasim Music School’s popular music courses in Oud, Darbuka and Arabic Music Theory return to The Arab British Cent...
03/05/2021

The Taqasim Music School’s popular music courses in Oud, Darbuka and Arabic Music Theory return to The Arab British Centre in London this May. This term’s courses will be offered either in-person or online depending on the class and are available for abilities ranging from beginners to intermediate. If you’re keen to start or improve your playing, head to The Arab British Centre website to find out more about the courses and reserve your place as capacity is limited.

Head here! https://www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk/courses/oud-darbuka-music-literacy/

Got a question about where to get an instrument or the teaching methods used? Book a place at the Taqasim Open Day event at the Centre where you can come by to meet the teachers on Saturday 1 May. This is by appointment only and places must be reserved in advance. More details at: https://www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk/whatson/taqasim-open-day/

The Taqasim Music School’s popular music courses in Oud, Darbuka and Arabic Music Theory return to The Arab British Centre in London this May. This term’s courses will be offered either in-person or online depending on the class and are available for abilities ranging from beginners to intermediate. If you’re keen to start or improve your playing, head to The Arab British Centre website to find out more about the courses and reserve your place as capacity is limited.

Head here! https://www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk/courses/oud-darbuka-music-literacy/

Got a question about where to get an instrument or the teaching methods used? Book a place at the Taqasim Open Day event at the Centre where you can come by to meet the teachers on Saturday 1 May. This is by appointment only and places must be reserved in advance. More details at: https://www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk/whatson/taqasim-open-day/

✨ 2 weeks to go ✨ until the reopening of our exhibition 'When I see the future, I close my eyes' by Heba Y. Amin. Read t...
02/05/2021

✨ 2 weeks to go ✨ until the reopening of our exhibition 'When I see the future, I close my eyes' by Heba Y. Amin. Read this review published on @OculaArt about it here: http://bit.ly/ocularviewheba

✨ 2 weeks to go ✨ until the reopening of our exhibition 'When I see the future, I close my eyes' by Heba Y. Amin. Read this review published on @OculaArt about it here: http://bit.ly/ocularviewheba

Adania Shibli and Elisabeth Jacquette speak to The Booker Prizes about the International Booker longlisted book Minor De...
30/04/2021

Adania Shibli and Elisabeth Jacquette speak to The Booker Prizes about the International Booker longlisted book Minor Detail. The book is available to buy from our bookshop on the Mosaic Rooms website 📚 http://bit.ly/AdaniaShibliBooker

Adania Shibli and Elisabeth Jacquette speak to The Booker Prizes about the International Booker longlisted book Minor Detail. The book is available to buy from our bookshop on the Mosaic Rooms website 📚 http://bit.ly/AdaniaShibliBooker

Join The Arab British Centre and Saqi Books this evening (Thursday 29th April) at 6pm BST for the launch of We Wrote in ...
29/04/2021
Arab British Centre | We Wrote in Symbols: Love and Lust by Arab Women Writers

Join The Arab British Centre and Saqi Books this evening (Thursday 29th April) at 6pm BST for the launch of We Wrote in Symbols, a collection of writing on love and lust by Arab women writers

It is a little-known secret that Arabic literature has a long tradition of erotic writing. Behind that secret lies another – that many of the writers are women.

Read about John Akomfrah's The Unintended Beauty of Disaster now showing at Lisson Gallery 'Not for nothing is the work ...
28/04/2021
Apocalypse now: John Akomfrah’s The Unintended Beauty of Disaster

Read about John Akomfrah's The Unintended Beauty of Disaster now showing at Lisson Gallery

'Not for nothing is the work described as a series of nocturnes. Fierce and blinding though the light often is, we are witness here to a darkening of the world, as relentless and unstoppable as the dust storm that rolls in from horizon to horizon at one point in the work, obliterating everything.'

Lisson Gallery, LondonWith a relentless video onslaught, Akomfrah confronts colonialism, slavery, migrants and the obliteration of the natural world with astonishing results

Artist opportunity 📢 FVU's BEYOND #2 commissioning initiative is open for entries- Six new £2.5k moving-image commission...
28/04/2021

Artist opportunity 📢 FVU's BEYOND #2 commissioning initiative is open for entries

- Six new £2.5k moving-image commissions
- Support from @FilmandVideoUmbrella production team
- free to apply

APPLY HERE: https://www.fvu.co.uk/projects/beyond-1

Artist opportunity 📢 FVU's BEYOND #2 commissioning initiative is open for entries

- Six new £2.5k moving-image commissions
- Support from @FilmandVideoUmbrella production team
- free to apply

APPLY HERE: https://www.fvu.co.uk/projects/beyond-1

This week Abbas Zahedi's To The Sower Sowers arrives in the letterboxes of all who requested the work. In this Q&A he ta...
27/04/2021

This week Abbas Zahedi's To The Sower Sowers arrives in the letterboxes of all who requested the work. In this Q&A he talks to us about how he developed the work and what he hopes it can offer people.
👉http://bit.ly/AbbasZQandA

Share how you interact with your print with #tothesoursowers #mosaicreates

This week Abbas Zahedi's To The Sower Sowers arrives in the letterboxes of all who requested the work. In this Q&A he talks to us about how he developed the work and what he hopes it can offer people.
👉http://bit.ly/AbbasZQandA

Share how you interact with your print with #tothesoursowers #mosaicreates

Bourj Hammoud, a northern suburb of Beirut, is the cultural heart of Lebanon’s Armenian community and it’s from there th...
27/04/2021

Bourj Hammoud, a northern suburb of Beirut, is the cultural heart of Lebanon’s Armenian community and it’s from there that a vibrant music scene emerged in the 1960s and 1970s.

Read about the 11 musicians who played a pivotal role in establishing Lebanon’s Armenian music scene - via Middle East Eye 🎸 http://bit.ly/MEEMusicinArmenia

Bourj Hammoud, a northern suburb of Beirut, is the cultural heart of Lebanon’s Armenian community and it’s from there that a vibrant music scene emerged in the 1960s and 1970s.

Read about the 11 musicians who played a pivotal role in establishing Lebanon’s Armenian music scene - via Middle East Eye 🎸 http://bit.ly/MEEMusicinArmenia

26/04/2021
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✨ 3 weeks to go ✨

We're counting down the weeks until the reopening of our exhibition 'When I see the future, I close my eyes' by Heba Y. Amin.

Amin's multimedia works take speculative, sometimes satirical, approaches to investigate how events in the Middle East relate to global concerns. Read more via our website.

📌 May 18th

Hasan ‘Alsatoor’ (the cleaver) Dhaimish began publishing his satirical cartoons from the UK in the 1980s in Jihad and Al...
26/04/2021
Event: 'Resistance, Rebellion, Revolution: The Life and Work of Hasan ‘Alsatoor’ Dhaimish' - Liverpool Arab Arts Festival

Hasan ‘Alsatoor’ (the cleaver) Dhaimish began publishing his satirical cartoons from the UK in the 1980s in Jihad and Al Sharq Al Jadeed among others. Now his published satirical works are featured in one place alongside paintings and digital artwork in a new digtal archive. Join Liverpool Arab Arts Festival as they host Sherif Dhaimish, Ayat Mneina and Ghazi Gheblawi to discuss the life and works of the late Libyan artist and satirist.

📌 Online on Thursday 29 April 1pm BST

Join Sherif Dhaimish, Ayat Mneina and Ghazi Gheblawi as they discuss the life of the late Libyan artist & satirist, Hasan ‘Alsatoor’ Dhaimish.

Artist Mirna Bamieh shares a recipe for vegan Palestinian cake recipe as part of the MoMA PS1 ongoing series with chef M...
23/04/2021
Cooking with Artists: Mirna Bamieh | Magazine | MoMA

Artist Mirna Bamieh shares a recipe for vegan Palestinian cake recipe as part of the MoMA PS1 ongoing series with chef Mina Stone 🍰

“Recipes are leaving us for different reasons. I collect them to understand why they left us or why they are leaving us."

Read more ➡️

In MoMA PS1’s ongoing series with chef Mina Stone, the artist shares a vegan Palestinian cake recipe.

Our current exhibition by @hebaamin 'When I see the future, I close my eyes' will be re-opening on 18 May again 🎉 In cel...
22/04/2021
How Europe Used Surveillance to Command the Middle East

Our current exhibition by @hebaamin 'When I see the future, I close my eyes' will be re-opening on 18 May again 🎉 In celebration, we'r throwing it back to this wonderful review from Frieze ➡️

"Amin’s work highlights the extent to which developments in communication technology are portrayed under the guise of democratic expression, asking questions about power and control, freedom of speech and access to information."

At the Mosaic Rooms in London, Heba Y. Amin traces colonial footprints in the Arab world through communication technologies

The British Library are hosting an online series of talks exploring publishing practices in Arabic featuring artists inc...
21/04/2021
Histories and Archives of Arabic Publishing - Asian and African studies blog

The British Library are hosting an online series of talks exploring publishing practices in Arabic featuring artists including Kayfata and Fehras Publishing Practices 📚 Find out more & sign up

Keep a look out on our page for more information on our upcoming exhibition with Fehras in June!

Between April-June 2021 the British Library and Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, will co-host Histories and Archives of Arabic Publishing: an online series of talks exploring publishing practices in Arabic as a site for unfolding intellectual networks, artistic practices and politica...

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Address: The Mosaic Rooms A.M. Qattan Foundation Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road London SW5 0SW Telephone: 020 7370 9990 Open: Tue–Sat, 11 AM–6 PM Nearest Underground station: Earl's Court (Earl's Court Road exit) Buses: 74, 328, C1, C3 Parking: One disabled parking space is available by prior arrangement only–please call us. Otherwise, parking meters are available in Lexham Gardens, behind our building.

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Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:00 - 18:00

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