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Nour Festival of Art shining light on the best of contemporary art and culture from the Middle East and North Africa in venues across Kensington and Chelsea each October and November. And this year Arts Canteen presents an evening of entertainment bringing together an exciting mix of Middle Eastern and North African female artists, sharing their voice, experience and talents through poetry, music, dance and comedy. The line-up includes: Hala Ali, Roya Arab, Zahra Barri, Olcay Bayir, Tania Diggory and Nadine Khouri.
Thursday, 22 October 2015 from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Doors open at 6.30 pm
34-25 Powis Square
W11 @AY London
About the Artists
Saudi Arabian-born, London-based performance poet with a unique and distinctive style, exploring text, language and meaning.
musician, curator and archaeologist, one of a handful of Iranian artists signed to a western label and recording with various artists throughout the 1990s. After a sabbatical, Roya is creating music again.
Irish-Egyptian stand-up, actor and presenter, who hit the scene in 2011 with her special brand of comedy.
London based Turkish-Kurdish songwriter, composer and classically trained singer with a velvet voice, her music is inspired by Anatolian musical traditions.
English Jordanian dancer and creative producer, Diggory’s work focuses on the disciplines of Hip-Hop, Middle Eastern dance and Indian dance.
Lebanese-born singer-songwriter currently based in London. A guitar-wielding folkie, with a love for moody soundtracks and spoken-word.
The Mosaic Rooms present the first UK solo exhibition by Syrian artist Marwan, featuring paintings, etchings and works on paper. Marwan is considered a leading artist from his generation, both internationally and in the Arab world. Marwan is now 81 years old and this exhibition is a celebration of his life’s work. Featuring works selected from the artists studio to showcase the breadth of his practice, from the 1960s up to the present day, it offers UK audiences a rare chance to encounter Marwan’s unique and inspiring oeuvre.
The exhibition journeys through stylistic approaches, with the main motif always remaining the human head. The early works tend towards a more formally figurative approach, with aspects that challenge the traditional, including a flatness of plane, a disproportionate rendering of the skull, limbs appearing and disappearing. From here the expression becomes stylistically freer, larger in scale, more focused on solely the face, beginning to abstract it with vivid brushstrokes and colours. This leads to the visual language audiences are perhaps more familiar with: bold strokes of paint and layers of colour forming the faces themselves; emerging from and submerging into the paint. Form is shaped through the tension between one brushstroke and another, suspended between surface and depth.
Marwan’s latest works, on show here for the first time, see a reduced layering of the surface, a pared down sensibility, which leaves the faces and marionettes floating amidst the white of the canvas. Throughout the artist’s body of work the head is used as multifaceted form to encompass and project the depth of human experience.
Also on display for the first time in London will be Marwan’s 99 Heads series, ninety-nine etchings made between 1997 and 1998, which reference Sufism and the 99 names of God. A space is always left to represent one hundred, a place of light, the attainment of God.
Marwan Kassab-Bachi was born Damascus, Syria, in 1934, and is based in Berlin. He studied Arabic Literature at the University of Damascus (1955-57) before moving to Berlin, Germany, to study painting. From 1980, he held a professorship at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. Marwan has exhibited mainly in Germany, but also in the Middle-East and U.S.A., and has works in many public collections, including Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Darat al Funun, Amman; National Museum, Damascus; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; British Museum, London; Tate Modern, London; Barjeel Art Foundation; Sharjah; Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; and Städel, Frankfurt.
The Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road
London SW5 0SW
9 October to 28 November 2015
Tuesday to Saturday 11.00 am to 6.00 pm
020 7370 9990
About the Artist
Marwan Kassab-Bachi (b 1934) was born in Damascus, Syria. He lives and works in Berlin. He has exhibited widely internationally in group and solo shows. His work is represented in major national and international museum collections.
For the first time in United Kingdom, Tamer Hosny تامر حسني is performing for one night only in London.
18:30 Doors Open
19:30 Sami Alhussami
20:30 DJ Tamer Yehya
21:00 Tamer Hosny
No entry after 20:00
No caps, hats, trainers or sports wear
You must have your ticket on you at all times during the concert
Booking & Enquiries
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 to Fri, 17 Apr 2015
Event Venue: Cental Hall Westminster, London SW1H 9NH