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Arts Canteen

National Network: 
United Kingdom
131 Brookscroft Road
E17 4JP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)7903606026 (Aser El Saqqa)
Mobile Phone (other): 
+44 (0)7925409777 (Biddy Salter)
Organisation Type: 
Private Company
Year of Establishment: 
General Information: 

1. Aser El Saqqa is the Managing Director of Arts Canteen Ltd engaged in daily planning and development of visual arts and music projects. 2. Susannah Pickering Director

Mission and Objectives: 

Arts Canteen presents the works of contemporary artists from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas to a wide audience in UK the by providing platform for emerging artists, many of whom have previously been unseen and inaccessible.We want to share ideas and open new conversations through events, exhibitions and explore artistic relationships between the Middle East and Mediterranean regions and diverse audiences across Europe.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Some recent examples:

"Breathing The Air" (2011): an exhibition of work by Majed Shala in partnership with the Arab British Centre, later extended to a wider viewing public through Shubak, (the first ever festival of contemporary Arab culture in London, sponsored by the Mayor of London)

"Hijaz" (2011): a concert feauring the spectacular Arab-jazz sounds of Hijaz (Union Chapel, London)

"Defiance" (2012): an exhibition celebrating the determined agency of five Gazan artists to overcome the environment in which they work while simultaneously being inspired and challenged by it (The Stone Space, Leytonstone)

"Despite" (2012): an exhibition of work by 6 Palestinian artists (Rich Mix, London)

"Resilience and Light" (2013): an exhibition of contemporary Palestinian art (University of Kent)

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

Arts Canteen will share our experience and learning on the nature of the challenges facing cultural organisations working to extend the appreciation of visual art and music from the Arab world to new audiences in the UK. We will argue that new audiences, spaces and partners with increased private sector input will bring about a sustainable future for art and music from the Arab world.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

As an art organisation our aim is to invite people from across the Arab World and Mediterranean to share their experiences and learning on the nature of the challenges facing cultural organisations.