Arab Britain is a programming theme by The Arab British Centre that sets out to explore and document the history, achievements and experiences of Arabs in Britain. Through exhibitions, commissions, and community engagement programmes we aim to overturn preconceptions and challenge prejudices, retrace the ways the Arab world has influenced and shaped British culture and society, and celebrate the contributions of Arabs in Britain, past and present.
Our long-term goal is to create the first, comprehensive story archive of Arab British experiences, highlighting the achievements, experiences, and contributions of Arabs to British life.
November 2019 - February 2020
In a collaborative exhibition, the Arab British Centre and Dr Johnson’s House Museum invited artists, researchers and the public to (re)examine the historical connections of the Middle East and North Africa and London, via the lens of Dr Johnson’s 1749 play, Irene, set during the fall of Constantinople.
May - October 2021
Never before have parks, fields and forests been so important to us. In the year when green space became our only outing, this co-produced mixed media installation at the People’s History Museum questions who uses these spaces and how we experience them. Created across 6 workshops using photography, collage, self-portraiture and more, the art work invites you to re-question the spaces which we will never take for granted again.
Closes 1 April 2022
The Arab British Centre is offering £10,000 towards a creative project which explores Arab British communities and their lived experiences, past and/or present.
There is a lack of documentation about and representation of Arab life in the UK. This commission aims to address this problem by supporting artists and organisations to work with their local communities to explore, document and showcase their lived experiences through creative activities.