The ‘reACT’ program has been established to promote and support emerging and student artists whose work is dedicated to or inspired by the Middle East & Arab world by providing a space within the P21 Gallery for an artistic intervention.

 

Producing contemporary art is very much connected to the way that artists and institutions present the artwork and requires a space where artists can be in direct dialogue with society. Therefore, selected artists are presented with an invaluable opportunity to produce an artwork specifically designed for a section of the P21 gallery (that is not part of any particular exhibition) for a period of time ranging from 1–3 weeks. The intention is to provoke and entice artists to create site-specific artwork for P21 Gallery, taking into consideration its physical space and ethos as a contemporary art institution in London with a focus on the Middle East, while also encouraging personal expression, exploration and cultural affirmation through artistic practice.

 

P21 Gallery will provide the artist the space to exhibit their work at no cost, assist with curation, and provide standard printed materials. All other fees (including flights, accommodations, and any additional materials) will be incurred by the artist.

 

P21 Gallery is an independent London-based charitable trust established to promote contemporary Middle Eastern and Arab art and culture. ‘reACT’ aims to contribute in building and strengthening cultural ties and dialogues between the East and West on terms designed by a younger generation.

 

To apply please click here.

 

 

 

Current Project

Unnarrated

Exhibition Dates: 24th June - 10th July 2021   Curator: Mishelle Brito Artists: ElZi Collective   Unnarrated is an installation by the ElZi Collective which uses fragmented moving image,  reflection and performance to dismantle western notions of knowing in relation to feminine  spiri… More »

The Image as an Archive

Exhibition Dates: 1st June - 3rd July 2021 ONLINE EXHIBITION      VIEW EXHIBITION ONLINE      Curator: Mishelle Brito Artists: Zain Al-Sharaf Wahbeh     Beneath the visible national territory of Jaffa-Tel Aviv lies the contested urban arena of Al-Manshiyya. This long-forgo… More »

Open Call - Online reACT Project

P21 Gallery is excited to announce an OPEN CALL for our 2021 reACT programme! We invite UK based & international students & emerging artists aged 30 and under whose work focuses on digital/new media OR artwork that can be represented well online, dedicated to or inspired by the Middle East & Arab wo… More »


Past Projects

The Ocean That Has Been Calling Me

Exhibition Dates: 3rd - 29th May 2021      VIEW EXHIBITION ONLINE      Curator: Mishelle Brito Artists: Maciek Stepniewski   ‘the day indeed has made us warm and our cares have made us weak driven no more by a longing to roam we want to go back to our mother’s home  … More »

CALL OUT

BE FEATURED IN OUR EXHIBITION    We have an exciting opportunity for you to participate in our upcoming reACT exhibition, “The Ocean That Has Been Calling Me,” an audiovisual journey chronicling artist Maciek Stepniewski’s travels to the Moroccan cities of Marrakech, Essaouira and Sidi Kauoki … More »

‘mosaic’ فسيفساء

Exhibition Dates: 6 April - 1 May 2021    VIEW EXHIBITION ONLINE    Curator: Mishelle Brito Artists: Layla Madanat & Eleanor Nawal   ‘my answer to this question can be best illustrated with another story…’   The Orient. The Middle East. The Arab World.  First-Generation… More »

With Love, From Nowhere, 2020, Digital Image
With Love, From Nowhere, 2020, Digital Image

With Love, From Nowhere | ONLINE EXHIBITION

Exhibition Dates: 10 December - 31 December 2020     VIEW EXHIBITION ONLINE   Curator: Mishelle Brito Artists: Ellie Niblock & Alaa Tarazbouni     With Love, From Nowhere: The Places of Not Yet is a digital experience and collaboration between the artists in the cities of … More »

Alaa Alsaraji, ‘Mother’s Living Room 1’, 2020, Digital illustratio
Alaa Alsaraji, ‘Mother’s Living Room 1’, 2020, Digital illustratio

Mapping Sanctuaries

Exhibition Dates: 29 October - 14 November 2020     VIEW EXHIBITION ONLINE   Curator: Mishelle Brito Artist: Alaa Alsaraji   With rising Islamophobia, fuelled by hateful media rhetoric and State surveillance and criminalisation of Muslim communities, our families and communit… More »

Permanent Transience | online exhibition

Exhibition Dates: 17 September - 10 October 2020   VIEW EXHIBITION ONLINE   Curator: Mishelle Brito Artist: Jumanah Bawazir   What is a permanent transient space?  A holding place. What does it hold? What does it contain? A soul in limbo … More »

Autumn 'reACT' Programme

P21 Gallery is excited to announce an OPEN CALL for our Autumn 'reACT' programme!   We invite UK based art students & emerging artists aged 30 and under to submit their work to be considered for an online 'reACT' exhibition to take place later this year.   The 'reACT' programme has been … More »

OPEN CALL

Autumn 'reACT' programme   P21 Gallery is excited to announce an OPEN CALL for our Autumn 'reACT' programme! Supported by Amal (a Said Foundation programme), we invite UK based art students & emerging artists aged 30 and under to submit their work to be considered for a 'reACT' exhibition… More »

Mapping Sanctuaries

CALL OUT ‘Mapping Sanctuaries’ is a project by UK based Iraqi artist Alaa Alsaraji, that aims to illustrate the sanctuaries that have been created for and by Muslim communities, in light of the profound effects of state surveillance, Islamophobia and racism in Britain today. We can often feel i… More »

Untitled I | 2019 | Digital Print | 50cm x 70cm
Untitled I | 2019 | Digital Print | 50cm x 70cm

Unveiled

12 December – 04 January 2020   Curator: Mishelle Brito Artist: Husam Al-Deen   ‘Unveiled’ is a series of photographs capturing the Muslim female silhouette, maintaining reverence while presenting an internal narrative paying homage to the women empowering a new generation of proud Mu… More »

Church Street | 2019 | Silk print on foamboard | 42 x 59.4 cm
Church Street | 2019 | Silk print on foamboard | 42 x 59.4 cm

A MAGIC REALIST AFRABIA

6th - 21st September 2019   Curator: Mishelle Brito Artist: Rayan Elnayal     ‘A Magic Realist Afrabia,’ is a series of digital prints exploring ideas on multicultural identities, hybridity, and the third space. Looking at Sudanese author Tayeb Salih’s ‘Season of Migration to the Nort… More »

The PoP Art Exodus

1st - 16th June 2018 Curator: Alexandra Kollerova  Artist: Mohammad Bassyouni  The P21 Gallery is proud to announce The Pop Art Exodus, a new contemporary art exhibition commencing at the end of May 2018. The show will be displaying a collection of politically themed digital prints produced… More »

Even Though We Didn’t Go Through It

13th - 17th March 2018   Live Performance: 16 March, 19:00 *Door opens at 18:30   |   17 March, 13:00-14:00 *Door opens at 12:30, 15:00-16:00 *Door opens at 14:30   Concept and Installation & Design: Thourayya Kreidieh and Jeehyeon Rosa Wang   ‘Even Though We Didn’t Go Through It’ is… More »