Saturday Art Studio: Exotic Birds

17 January '22

A series of 4 workshops: Saturday 29 January, 5, 12 & 19 February, 4-6pm Inspired by the feathered friends found throughout Leighton House, join artist Laurelie Rae to explore contemporary illustration techniques, collage and assemblage. Each workshop will begin with a reading from Attar’s acclaimed poem ‘The Conference of the Birds’, written in the twelfth […]

Arabic Music & the Oud – Concert & Book Signing

10 January '22

We are starting off the New Year with a treat! A concert, lecture & book signing celebrating the official launch of “Arabic Music & the Oud” by Ahmed Mukhtar. Featuring oud performances by Taqasim Music School students, teachers and founding director Ahmed Mukhtar, a lecture by Archeomusicologist Professor Richard Dumbrill and a book signing of […]

Digital Storytelling with Commonword and The American University of Beirut

07 January '22

An interactive storytelling event featuring writers, illustrators & coders from Manchester, UK and Beirut, Lebanon. Enter ‘The Bloods’, a dystopian civil-war world, where you are faced with life-and-death decisions to protect yourself and the resistance movement. Choose carefully! In this participatory event we will be showcasing five stories created using the digital storytelling tool Twine. […]

Family Fun: Shapes of Dheisheh

06 January '22

Find shapes in the images of Dheisheh throughout the exhibition Stateless Heritage by DAAR – Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti and create your own beautiful images. Use paper and 3D materials to make sculptures using the shapes, and add in your own creative details. Listen to Elias Mattar share a wonderful interactive story of a […]

Workshop: I love it when translation can be found to agree with our weird desires

06 January '22

Do you know what ‘semsiye’ means? Do you use the word ‘kirbaç’ for a whip? Discover the meaning and friendship of words in Turkish and Palestinian Arabic as spoken by Ulufer Çelik and Alaa Abu Asad. Join the artists for an evening with performance, storytelling, translation and the depiction of words that can’t be translated. […]

Workshop: Taleteller Talisman, Act III

06 January '22

Join artist Jumana Emil Abboud for a talisman-creating workshop. The workshop invites the acknowledgement of the sacred within the natural landscape through storytelling and story-giving. The session will encourage the creation of personalised charms that respond to tales from participants’ individual oral history and current experiences; with particular emphasis on the natural landscape that we […]

Gentle/Radical Book Club : Palestine Book Club with Heba Hayek

06 January '22

Join us for the second meeting of our Palestinian Book Club, part of the book club network set up by artist Gentle/Radical. Our second gathering will be led by writer Heba Hayek. We will be reading and discussing an extract(s) from her book Sambac Beneath Unlikely Skies. More details will be available soon. Reading materials […]

January Film Program: Who is afraid of ideology? by Marwa Arsanios

06 January '22

Watch Who is afraid of ideology? 1, 2 & 3 (2017, 2019, 2020), three films by artist Marwa Arsanios in January, part of our monthly film programme screening in The Living Room (Al-Madafeh) during the exhibition Stateless Heritage by DAAR – Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti. Marwa Arsanios’s Who is afraid of ideology? series weaves […]

Exhibition: Hayv Kahraman | Gut Feelings

06 January '22

The Mosaic Rooms presents Gut Feelings, a solo exhibition of paintings and mixed media works by Hayv Kahraman. In this new work, the artist delves into scientific research to situate the effects of trauma in the body and to investigate methodologies of physical healing and care. Developing from Kahraman’s ongoing exploration of embodied experiences of […]