SAFAR 2018 is presented by The Arab British Centre in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and the Institut Français, is supported by the British Council, Barjeel Art Foundation and The Corinthia Hotel London, and takes place 13 – 18 September 2018.

For further information on programme and materials please contact Ilona Cheshire on



Founded in 1946, the Institute of Contemporary Arts leads the debate in contemporary art and culture. Continually looking forward while laying claim to an extraordinary legacy, the ICA was home to the Independent Group and played a pivotal role in the development of Pop Art. It charted the course of Punk, Performance Art and Independent Cinema, and introduced numerous international artists including Richard Prince, Asger Jorn, Douglas Huebler, Gerhard Richter, Francis Bacon, Francis Picabia, Nancy Spero, Dieter Roth, Marcel Broodthaers, Mike Kelley, Cosy Fanny Tutti and Barbara Kruger. The ICA has always been the place for critical discourse, featuring programmes with the likes of Kathy Acker, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Stuart Hall and Homi K. Bhabha. From its home on The Mall, at the heart of the establishment, the ICA supports interdisciplinary practice, encouraging artists to experiment and explore new ideas.

Institut Français


Partner Part of a worldwide network, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni promotes French language and culture and encourages cross-cultural exchange and cultural diversity. Based in South Kensington in London, it comprises a cinema, Ciné Lumière, a Language Centre, a multi-media library, La Médiathèque, and a restaurant. Its wide range of activities extends from film screenings, festivals and debates, to concerts, kids events and French courses.

British Council


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 16 per cent of our turnover which last year was £973 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

Barjeel Art Foundation


Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent collecting philanthropic institution based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, was established by Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi in 2010 to manage, preserve, and exhibit an extensive collection of modern & contemporary Arab art. Since then, Barjeel has curated and mounted over twenty exhibitions locally, regionally, and internationally, with the guiding principle to contribute to a greater understanding of the living and dynamic art history of the Arab world and its diaspora.

In addition to this active exhibition programme, Barjeel has also developed a number of print and online publications, organised public programming, supported scholarly conferences and symposia, and established partnerships with art, cultural, and educational institutions globally with the aim of encouraging public awareness of the presence, importance, and history of art in the Arab world.

Corinthia Hotel London

Accommodation Partner

Housed within a Victorian building, 225 rooms including 51 suites and 7 penthouses offer sweeping views across London’s most popular landmarks. Corinthia Hotel London provides unrivalled world-class luxury with superb ground floor offerings including The Northall restaurant, serving the best in British produce throughout the day; and the musically inspired Bassoon Bar. The Garden Lounge offers all-day dining options in an exotic David Collins Studio designed garden landscape, and a comprehensive cigar and spirits menu for late night entertaining.  Corinthia Hotel London is also home to the flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia, a next-generation spa housed across four floors, together with a hair salon by Daniel Galvin.  Guests of Corinthia Hotel London are able to choose from an extensive range of accommodation, including eleven new suites.  The London and Garden suites are striking in design. Using luxurious textiles, wallcoverings, butter-soft leathers and beautifully crafted woods, each have been intelligently designed with their own distinctive style. Corinthia London is a 21st century grand hotel located in the heart of London, created by experts with a passion for craftsmanship and an understanding of world-class service. Corinthia Hotel London is the ninth of Corinthia Hotels’ collection of five-star hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta.