Kheit خيط – Rewriting History: An Afternoon of Play and Experimentation Exploring the History of Arabs in Britain

12 July '23 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Discover the vibrant history of Arabs in Victorian Britain through an immersive workshop with Chahine Fellahi at the iconic Leighton House, where we’ll dive into archival materials and unleash our creativity in a relaxed and enjoyable setting.

Our journey begins with a captivating house tour, setting the stage for an in-depth examination of fascinating source materials collected by Chahine during a research residency at The Portico Library, Manchester. Delve into scans of old newspapers, texts, images, and more as we collectively unravel the untold stories of Arabs in Britain during the Victorian era. By utilizing low-fi methods, we will critically engage with the material in a way that resonates with your unique style. Annotate texts, craft collages, edit and reframe content— the possibilities are endless.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this workshop, where history, art, and self-expression converge in a truly remarkable way. Join us as we celebrate the rich legacy of Arabs in Victorian Britain and forge new connections between the past and the present. Reserve your spot now and unlock the wonders that await you at Leighton House!


About the Workshop Leader

Chahine Fellahi (b. 1994) is an artist-filmmaker and facilitator based between London (UK) and Casablanca (Morocco). Working across analog and digital processes, her practice revolves around the politics of archives, exploring relations and borders between the materiality of media and the making of memory.

Chahine is the co-founder of Kimiã, a collective dedicated to experimental practices in film, photography and media arts in Morocco. She graduated with a Masters in Philosophy and Film studies at King’s College London in 2018. Her work has been shown locally and internationally, including at the San Francisco Arab Film Festival (2019), Kaleidoskop Festival in Vienna (2020), the Slaoui Museum in Casablanca (2021) and Le 18 in Marrakech (2021).


How to Sign Up

Fill in the form below to book your place. Tickets are free but are extremely limited so, if you sign up but can no longer make it, please remember to let us know.


This workshop is presented as part of the Nour Hage: Kheit خيط Exhibition and Events Programme, running until 16 July.

Kheit is a collaboration between Leighton House and The Arab British Centre, part of our Arab Britain programming theme that sets out to explore and document the history, achievements and experiences of Arabs in Britain.  Funded by The Barakat Trust’s Hands on Islamic Art grant, made possible by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.


Leighton House

12 Holland Park Rd, London W14 8LZ


The Arab British Centre and Leighton House