Contemporary Arab Art

The Arab British Centre is home to a permanent collection of Arab artwork and has been hosting a series of temporary exhibitions since January 2010. You can see a full list of previous exhibitions here.

Temporary Exhibitions – Invitation for Applications:

The Arab British Centre’s series of temporary exhibitions seek to promote artists, photographers and film makers from, working in, or inspired by the Arab world.

The series encourages creative dialogue between artists and the British public and serve as a platform for improved understanding between the UK and Arab world.

The Arab British Centre invites applications for exhibitions. To request an Exhibition Application Form please call 020 7832 1310 or email

We host one-week exhibitions, three times a year; MARCH | JUNE | NOVEMBER and although we do not have deadlines, we ask for the applicants to be patient as we have a lot of requests and have to make sure that those who apply first, get priority.

You can see a list of our upcoming exhibitions here.

Permanent Collection:

Launched in February 2008 this collection was originally comprised of donations by Offscreen Education Programme which included pieces from their acclaimed Edge of Arabia exhibition of Saudi Arabian artists.

Since Edge of Arabia moved on to a larger space in Battersea, over the last few years, artists who have exhibited their work at the Centre have kindly donated their own artworks to the ever-growing collection. As well as this, we have been gratefully honoured by having individual collectors donate paintings, photographs and prints to the Centre for either permanent or temporary loans.

In 2013, The Arab British Centre received a donation through a donor who wanted to remain anonymous. A large 4-piece mixed media painting by the young Saudi artist, Hussein Al-Mohasen entitled Oil for Food. The painting now hangs in our office on the ground floor, come and have a look!


If you’d like to donate an artwork and become a part of our ever growing collection, please contact us on 020 7832 1312 or email

Visitor Information:

If you are interested in visiting the Centre and viewing the collection, please contact us on 020 7832 1317 or email to make an appointment.