The Arab British Centre continues its great work in supporting Arab culture with the launch of the 2013 Award for Culture.
The Award celebrates an individual who has made the most constructive contribution to British understanding of Arab culture in the past two years.
The prize is open to individuals working in any field. In addition to the £2,500 prize money, The Arab British Centre is able to provide the winner with opportunities to promote his or her work more widely. Applications are welcome directly from individuals that wish to be considered for the award.
The Award for Culture 2013 is a successor to the Arab British Culture & Society Award, which ran for four years between 2008 & 2011 and celebrated organisations which had made a considerable impact on the British public’s understanding of the life, society and culture of the Arab world. Winners of that prize were Al Saqi Books, Zaytoun, Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival and Al Jazeera English.
The winner of the 2013 prize will be chosen by a panel of distinguished experts with knowledge of the cultures of the Arab World and the United Kingdom. We are delighted to announce Baroness Helena Kennedy QC returning as Chair of this year’s panel. Baroness Kennedy has served as Chair of the British Council, Chair of the London International Festival of Theatre, and is a Trustee of the British Museum and the Booker Prize. The other panellists are: Maxime Duda, CEO and Founder of Arab New Trends; Rose Issa, a curator, writer and publisher who for the last 30 years has been promoting contemporary art and films from the Arab world and Iran; Deborah Shaw, Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Director of the World Shakespeare Festival 2012, and Brian Whitaker, journalist and former Middle East Editor of the Guardian newspaper.
Help Kalimat friend and contributor +Aziz in funding his latest sound project “Uncollectable: A Sound Art Popup Experience.” What is it about? Here’s a summary:Situated at the intersection of conceptual art and music, UNCOLLECTABLE is a two-night performance that will combine elements of an art gallery reception and a musical experience. By highlighting the rising importance of sound art, UNCOLLECTABLE is a show that seeks to expand the vocabulary of songwriting. This multicultural performance will be kicking off a month-long art exhibit hosted at Soho’s Hotel Particulier and is being co-curated by Murtaza Vali, an independent Art Critic, Historian and Curator.
More info (about projects and perks!) http://igg.me/at/uncollectable/x/397610
Beirut/SECAM - An exhibition of works by Tarek Chemaly
When people are denied a future, they automatically look back at the past wearing rose-tinted spectacles, embellishing it and ruminating about the “good old days” – but underneath the candy floss there lurks all the disregarded monsters of the past that come crawling back to the surface haunting us in our romanticized recollections. Beirut/SECAM (Still Endlessly Changing Against Memory) is one such recollection, playing on visuals of stereotyping, gender bias, and kitsch images, it begs to challenge the recounting on the history through today’s skewed lens.
Tarek Chemaly (1974), is an agriculture engineer and an environmental economist who converted himself into a communication consultant (advertising and marketing) and university lecturer but also has recycled his talents (in an environmentally-friendly way) as blogger, (not for profit) online publisher and artist. He currently runs the Beirut/NTSC (Never Twice Same City) blog and the 7Upstairs Publishing house (online and not for profit). www.beirutntsc.blogspot.co.uk
In February and March 2003, people took to the streets in their hundreds of thousands to protest against war in a country they scarcely knew and would most probably never see. The ten year anniversary of multinational forces entering Iraq has made many ask themselves what has changed in the country.
Each image in Mona Chalabi’s exhibition Photographs by Numbers has been manipulated to display a development statistic which tells part of the story of progress, stagnation and deterioration. The exhibition aims to show that development is an extremely complex ambition where success in one area can coexist with, and sometimes even cause, losses in others.
The Challenges of the Non-Profit Cultural Space a conversation with Nora Razian, Gayatri Uppal and Iben Elmstøm, moderated by Danah Abdulla
Non-profit/artist-led art/cultural spaces face numerous challenges and problems - specifically those located in the Global South and the Arab region. Looking at three different locations and perspectives (Lebanon/Denmark/India), this conversation seeks to investigate the various problems including funding, education and maintaining a vision, and the potential solutions to these challenges.
Beirut Art Beat brings together some of the most renowned designers straight from the heart of Lebanon. With designers in the field of jewellery and fashion, to unique and avant garde interior and furniture pieces, not to mention some truly awe-inspiring artists – the exhibit will inspire and appeal to everyone.
The event will include lectures being held by the designers themselves including Mona Maktabi’s “the undiscovered carpet”, running on 20 March, an arts and crafts workshop will be held on 21 March, welcoming the whole family to participate. The opportunity to purchase some treasures from the market is also not to be missed.
Artists/designers/musicians/poets/writers/performers/filmmakers are invited to submit proposals for consideration for exhibition as part of the Nour Festival of Arts 2013. Prospective applicants are strongly recommended to read the Nour Festival vision document which accompanies the call-out