Nour Festival 2016 Call for Submissions Now LIVE
Nour Festival welcomes submissions for the 2016 programme, celebrating the best of contemporary arts and culture of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) every October and November in venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Nour prides itself on the high quality, contemporary nature of the work it features, and is non-political and non-religious in nature but recognises that both can inspire great art. It offers audiences insights into the diverse make-up of the Middle East and North Africa today, challenging stereotypes of this region and its people through cultural expression. Above all, Nour Festival looks to inspire, and be inspired by, these reflections that have established Nour as a crucial meeting point for East and West.
Nour welcomes artists, creatives and cultural practitioners of these regions, their diaspora communities, and those whose work is inspired by this region of the world, to submit proposals that demonstrate the vision and values of the festival.
Submissions should be as detailed as possible, particularly in the funding requirements. As the Festival’s commissioning resource is limited, proposals that already have funding in place or a strategy for fund-raising will be at an advantage.
The Closing Date for submissions is 17:00 GMT on Friday 8 April 2016
Submissions will be considered throughout April, during which time the Festival Team may be in touch with you. Proposals will then be shortlisted, with the programme finalised in June. If you have not heard from us by the end of June, your application has not been successful this year. Given the high volume of submissions, we cannot provide individual feedback on unsuccessful submissions.
If you have any enquiries with your submission, please contact the Nour Festival Organisers
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Arts Service Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Adel Quraishi was commissioned to produce portraits of the eight remaining ‘Guardians’ of the Prophet’s Mosque by the Governor of Medina in Saudi Arabia. Once numbering in the hundreds, the Guardians are keepers of the keys to the Prophet Muhammad’s burial chamber. Quraishi is the only man to have been permitted to photograph these subjects, the last of their generation. Quraishi’s sensitive handling is evident in the emotion conveyed by his sitters, while his technicality shines through in the radiant composition of the photographs. Rendered on a large scale, it is impossible not to be moved by the connection between viewer and subject.
Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ
21 October to 29 November 2015
Monday to Sunday
10:00 to 17.30
Please note Leighton House is closed on Tuesdays
Free with entrance ticket to the museum £7 | £5 concession
020 7602 3316
High Street Kensington
In partnership with The Park Gallery
About the Artist
Adel Quraishi is a Saudi Arabian photographer. Born in Al Khobar in 1968, he grew up fascinated by the photographic medium and experimented with various cameras from a young age and into adulthood, before taking up the practice professionally in the early 1980s. www.theparkgallery.com
londonprintstudio is delighted to present the work of Libyan / Canadian artist Arwa Abouon, Subtle and approachable, using historical traditions and idioms of her religious background to produce playful and questionable imagery, Birthmark Theory is Arwa Abouon’s first solo UK show. A narrative on identity, duality and spirituality is always present in her work, as are her family members. In return, the work challenges the observer’s pre-set conceptions of the taboos surrounding her identity as a woman and a Muslim. Presenting her work as diptychs, the images read together as one, a metaphor of being between two cultures and finding a balance where duality becomes a blessing, instead of a curse.
Curated by Najlaa Elageli, Noon Arts www.noon-arts.co.uk
In partnership with londonprintstudio
londonprintstudio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE
20 October to 7 November
Tuesday to Saturday | 10.30 to 5.30 pm
020 8969 3247
About the Artist
Libyan Canadian artist Arwa Abouon was born in Tripoli and emigrated with her family at the age of one. She studied art and photography at the Concordia University in Montréal. Arwa Abouon is represented by The Third Line, Dubai
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.