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Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity
Oct18

Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity

London’s annual Nour Festival returns to the multicultural metropolis 20 October-6 November 2016, promising to highlight “the best of contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.” Sadly the festival’s overarching mission is challenged and overshadowed by unprecedented turmoil and fragmentation in the region it celebrates and  showcases. As the five-year-old festival’s audiences...

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Children’s art from Hiroshima
Aug05

Children’s art from Hiroshima

Art made by Japanese school children in the aftermath of the Second World War is a highly appropriate though emotionally charged way to commemorate this year’s anniversary, the 70th, of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and London’s Daiwa Foundation galleries is doing just that. Paintings from Hiroshima (5-13 August 2015) brings together art produced by children, including pupils at a girls school that lost...

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‘Entry prohibited…’ features artists of The Other
May31

‘Entry prohibited…’ features artists of The Other

Europe’s current struggles with its past, present and unknowable future are brought together in what appears to be a trenchant exhibition in a town previously notorious for its unwelcoming stance, albeit as part of the Cold War, and more recently noted for a  widening embrace for ‘new Europeans’ from Africa, Asia and elsewhere, writes Sajid Rizvi. ENTRY PROHIBITED TO FOREIGNERS, yes, all in capital letters, features...

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Champ of the Camp comes to London
May06

Champ of the Camp comes to London

Champ of the Camp, which takes the familiar and failsafe route of art to pinpoint effectively what mainstream media often fail to do, is due for screening by Crossway Foundation Thursday 7 May at Edge of Arabia aka EOA.Projects in London. The pioneering full-length documentary, which premiered at Dubai film festival in 2013, is an exquisitely bitter-sweet portrayal of the multitudes of people, mainly from South Asia, who have toiled...

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Conference celebrates William Fagg (1914-1992), African art pioneer
Apr21

Conference celebrates William Fagg (1914-1992), African art pioneer

William Fagg and the Study of African Art, an international conference at the Courtauld Institute of Art, celebrates Africanist William Buller Fagg (28 April 1914–10 July 1992) and his arguably immense contribution to the study and (perhaps equally important) appreciation of African art in Britain and elsewhere. Fagg was the Keeper of the Department of Anthropology at the British Museum (1969–1974) and, as it transpired, a pioneering...

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London’s Chinese Visual Festival
Apr11

London’s Chinese Visual Festival

London’s annual Chinese Visual Festival has announced its fifth cycle, running from 7 to 22 May 2015, highlighting new strides in Chinese art including cinema and experimental video from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan as well as Singapore. Festival events will take place at King’s College London, British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank, Bertha DocHouse and Chelsea College of Arts. This year’s highlights include events featuring...

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