Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival 2011 – Exhibitions

The Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival 1-10 July 2011 includes Art, Film, Performance, Dance, Music, Literature and more.

Listed here are some of the Visual Art events…

Wael Shawky: Drawings and flags from ‘Cabaret Crusades’ 1-24 July
Walker Art Gallery 10am-5pm Daily FREE
Wael Shawky is a prominent contemporary Egyptian artist; his work spans film, animation, drawings and sculptural installations forcing us to question myths and truths. He re-tells the story of the Crusades, blurring good and evil, aggressors and victims. What at first sight appears to be charming and harmless, soon reflects a darker side. Wael Shawky’s film Cabaret Crusades is also shown at the Bluecoat on Sunday 3 July at 3.00pm.

Artist talk Friday 1 July 1.00pm Walker Art Gallery FREE, tickets available from venue Information Desk
Wael Shawky talks about his work within the exhibition of his drawings and flags from the series ‘Cabaret Crusades’.

My Father’s House: The Architecture of Cultural Heritage Friday 1 July
John Moores University, Design Gallery 10am-5pm (closed weekends) FREE
‘My Father’s House’ explores the Gulf through architecture from soaring towers in Dubai to the houses of Yemen, exploring the role of cultural history in defining identity. Curated by Sean Williams and produced by the British Council. Featured artists are Wed Abduljawad from Saudi Arabia; Hafiz Ali from Qatar; Boushra Almutawakil from Yemen, Lamya Gargash from United Arab Emirates; Camille Zakharia from Bahrain and Tim Hetherington who tragically died in the recent conflict in Libya, Tim Loveless and Hazel Thompson from the UK.

Hassan Darsi: Toit du Monde (Roof of the World) & Le Piege (The Trap)
1 – 10 July  Daily 10.00am – 6.00pm the Bluecoat FREE

Dia Batal: Cart-o-Graphy 1 – 10 July, at various locations FREE
Dia Batal collaborated with Liverpool Arabic Centre and the Art & Design Pod at Liverpool John Moores University to create a mobile cart. Inside are visual and audio histories of migration of Liverpool’s Arab community. See it at the Bluecoat on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 July and at the World Museum on Wednesday 6 July. Keep up to date with locations at

Dia Batal Saturday 2 July – Saturday 3 September Daily 10am-5pm Bluecoat Display Centre FREE

Dia Batal Calligraphy Workshop Sunday 3 July 12.30pm – 4.30pm Bluecoat Display Centre  £25 / £22.50 including all materials and refreshments. Places are limited. Book at the Bluecoat Display Centre 0151 709 4014