Making Marks: Creating Connections from the UK to Kuwait


The Arab British Centre is delighted to announce Making Marks, an exciting new project exploring the impact of international working on emerging artists.

Working in partnership with creative institutions in Kuwait and the four UK regions, Making Marks will facilitate group visits for nominated artists to Kuwait and the UK, and offer funding for creative, community engagement programmes under the project’s themes over the coming year. A short film documenting the artists’ experiences will also be made by artist Hydar Dewachi.

The theme will consider the positive impact of international working and exchange, and think about how it can shape artists and their work. Throughout the facilitated visits, artists will be asked to explore transformations that can take place through the exchange of ideas and practices from one cultural environment to the next and reflect on how this marks us.

The experience will provide the opportunity for participating artists to explore how the UK and Kuwait’s relationship shape our societies and our image of ourselves. The programme will actively challenge stereotypes of our respective cultures and highlight the similarities, differences, and universal challenges facing emerging creatives the world over.

Making Marks is supported by British Council Kuwait and is run in collaboration with Madeenah and LOYAC in Kuwait, and Belfast Exposed, Fruitmarket Gallery, Mostyn and The Hepworth Wakefield in the United Kingdom.