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Chasing Mirrors: My Portrait, Shape by Shape

Abstract painter and designer Athier Mousawi led the third year of the project (2011 – 12) working with young people from An-Nisa, Paiwand and Tallo. Their dialogue, creative conversations and cultural exchange shaped the final exhibition at the Gallery, Chasing Mirrors: My Portrait Shape by Shape (14 October 2011 – 8 January 2012). Athier’s work combines geometric Islamic shapes, abstracted Arabic calligraphy and bold colours. Through participatory art workshops, the young people created their own self-portraits for the installation and in response to their work and interaction over the summer, Athier painted a new large-scale non-figurative triptych portrait of them. The works were then connected by a geometric floor pattern.


Past events

All events are free with no booking required unless otherwise stated.

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Thursday 24 November 20.00
Al Zaytouna is a UK- based Palestinian dance company. Unchained is a performance
of contemporary dabke (Arabic folk dance) accompanied by live music that explores the pursuit of democracy in the Arab World. In partnership with the Arab British Centre.

Participatory Art Practice
Friday 25 November 19.00
Delfina Foundation's resident artists Nadia Kaabi-Linke (Tunisia) and Baptist Coelho
(India) discuss their participatory arts practice and forthcoming project at the Pump House Gallery in partnership with Creative India Foundation. Moderated by
Hammad Nasar of Green Cardamom and George Unsworth.

Stranger Magic: Charmed States and
the Arabian Nights
Thursday 1 December 19.00
Marina Warner’s latest book is Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian
Nights. Hear her in conversation with Tim Supple, director of Dash Arts and director
of Hanan al-Shaykh's adaptation of One Thousand and One Nights, a highlight at
the Edinburgh International Festival this year. Includes readings by Houda
Echouafni who plays Shahrazad.

Khyam Allami
Friday 2 December 18.30
Oud player Khyam Allami is joined by
percussionist Vasilis Sarikis for a special
performance of his album

Middle Eastern and North African Portraiture, Photography, Art,
Documentary, Illustration and Fashion Today
Thursday 8 December 19.00
With writer and editor Malu Halasa who
has also written a photo-essay for the

Arabic Calligraphy workshop
Sunday 11 December 11.00 –17.00
With calligrapher Mustafa Ja’far. £70/£50

Families (5+ and carers)

Chasing Tales
Monday 24 – Friday 28 October
11.30 or 14.30
An exciting week of storytelling, animation
and calligraphy.

Young People (14-21 years)

The Shape of You
Sunday 4 December 13.00 – 16.00
Creative art workshop led by the artists
Athier and Marc Woodhead exploring
identity and friendship.


Chasing Mirrors is supported by John Lyon’s Charity. Events in partnership with the Arab British Centre, The Delfina foundation and Dash Arts.

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