London to have new centre for Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian art
Edge of Arabia space will share venue with charity in Battersea
By Gareth Harris. Web only
Published online: 06 March 2013
The non-profit organisation Edge of Arabia plans to open a new 4,000 sq. ft Middle East art centre in London on 7 March housed in an arts venue called “Testbed 1” based in Battersea, south of the River Thames.
“We needed to move into a larger, more creative space [from the current central London office], which would allow us to create our own home and accommodate our new gallery,” an Edge of Arabia spokeswoman says. The Crossway Foundation, a London-based charity, will share the space. “We want to create a hub for the growing Menasa [Middle East, North Africa, South Asia] arts community in London,” says Stephen Stapleton who founded both Edge of Arabia and the Crossway Foundation.
The opening exhibition, “It’s a Project” (until 24 May), will include works by artists shown in nine previous exhibitions organised by Edge of Arabia, as well as films and displays from seven youth expeditions overseen by the Crossway Foundation. Works on display will mainly be by Saudi artists apart from Faycal Baghriche (Algeria), and Chourouk Hriech (Morocco).
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