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Documenting Mushroom Hunting

Workshop (Video Art) Documenting Mushroom Hunting in Palestine Photographer/videographer Hareth Yousef
22 November–1 December Age group: 15+ Place: Kobar, Ein Qinya and the Palestinian Museum
In some Palestinian villages, the mushroom season is as important and popular as the olive season. This workshop takes participants on two guided mushroom hunting trips in the hills surrounding Birzeit (Ein Qinya, Kobar), during which they will film and document the different species they encounter as well as the tricks and tools employed in collecting mushrooms. They will then create five short videos inspired by their experience. While not out foraging in the hills, participants will be guided by photographer/videographer Hareth Yousef through the filming and editing processes. In groups of three, they will learn types of camera shots, create storyboards, and select and edit their footage.
For organisational purposes, please register here.    

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In Transition: Illustration and its Expressive Potential

Workshop (Illustration) In Transition: Illustration and its Expressive Potential Artist Alyana Cazalet   2–6 November 10:00–14:00 Age Group: 17+ Place: the Palestinian Museum In this workshop, participants explore different visual communication fields, including reportage, book illustration and graphic storytelling through a series of daily creative projects. With hands-on experience, they will develop narrative and non-narrative ideas and translate them visually. No experience is necessary, but the ability to draw is required. Participants will bring their own sketchbooks to share their ideas and sketches with the group and build on existing projects. The workshop is suitable for those who are interested in illustration and who wish to develop their creative skills and expand their art and design practise.     About the artist: Born in Russia, Alyana Cazalet is a cartoonist and illustrator who draws with a loose and expressive style, an ideal medium for humour as well as an immediate and intuitive way of capturing people, scenes and settings. A few squiggles of her pen, and soon, a character who looks ready to share a joke with you is created.   Alyana studied Applied Arts during her time in Moscow, and printmaking after moving to London. She has travelled widely and believes her nomadic lifestyle has left its mark on her swift drawing technique. Alyana has wide-ranging creative experience, including designing textile prints, making puppets and in photography. She is influenced by everything from Jazz to dark Russian literature, from Hieronymus Bosch to the Moomins.   Participation is free, registration is required here.

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum (Stargazing Using Telescopes)

The Palestinian Spacescape

In cooperation with NOVA for Astronomy and Space Science

فضاء فلسطين

Includes a night tour of the Museum

Saturday, 2 November, 18:30–21:30

Age group: 10+

Place: the Palestinian Museum

‘Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.’

– Carl Sagan

Our naked eye can spot celestial bodies shining from afar and lighting up our skies, but our limited sight cannot peer into the worlds that exist within those glimmering dots. Join us for a night at the Palestinian Museum where we will commence our journey of discovery with a screening of Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind’s 2016 film In the Future, They Are from the Finest Porcelain. Using telescopes brought especially for this event by NOVA, we will then gaze at the skies enveloping the Palestinian landscape. Based on what we observe, we will work with a poet and an illustrator to write messages on postcards addressed to the Milky Way galaxy.

All you have to bring is jacket, scarf, and a spark of creativity!

Participation is free, registration is required here.

Save the Date Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery

Dear friends,  
We are delighted to invite you to the opening of our new
round of exhibitions that will take place( in two weeks’ time), on Saturday, 29 June, 12 PM (see attached invitation).  
Like in previous years, this event will mark the first half of the passing year, which was packed with diverse activities, with great art, local food, live music and wonderful people.   I am looking forward to seeing you all!       Said Abu Shakra

Friday Nights | Darwish Music

Friday Nights | Darwish Music 
Friday | 14.06.2019 8 PM  |Al Ma’mal

Darwish is a Palestinian/German artist based between Berlin and Jerusalem. He started his musical career in 1994 and writes music for both Film and Theatre. The band consists of Darwish, Usama Allati, Philippe Jarad and Pierre Taweel. Together, they explore Alternative Rock and combine it with Electro Pop elements to build a soundscape that reaches the fringes of Sufi music.
Darwish – J-Song

Al Ma’mal Talks | George Al Ama

Al Ma’mal Talks | George Al Ama

Modernism in Palestine and its Founders

Wednesday | 12.06.2019

6 PM  |Al Ma’mal

In Al Ma’mal Talks, George M. Al Ama presents Modernism in Palestine, providing insights on its roots and founders. Al Ama shares from his knowledge, research and unique collection of Palestinian art, showcasing the birth and growth of the modernist movement.
George Al Ama is a researcher, academic and collector of Palestinian material culture and art. He works as an art & culture consultant for Bank of Palestine.

Supported by the A.M Qattan Foundation through the ‘Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field’ Project, funded by Sweden.

Al Ma Mal Talks

AL Ma’mal Talks | Samia Halaby | Liberation Art of Palestine | April 10th2019| 6:00PM
Samia Halaby, 1936, Jerusalem
Samia Halaby is a leading abstract painter and an influential scholar of Palestinian art. She is recognized as a pioneer of contemporary abstraction in the Arab world. Halaby’s work has been exhibited around the world. Samia Halaby has also taught at universities throughout the United States, and her writings on art have been published both in scholarly journals as well as in independent books.
Talk Statement: 
Samia Halaby, presents her book, Liberation Art of Palestine, which explores Palestinian Art as part of the struggle for Liberation. Halaby puts this art in context, explains its symbols, development and historical roots, and gives important insights into the Palestinian Conflict. The work focuses on two broad movements of Palestinian art, one in the liberation
movement in Lebanon during the 1970s and the other which grew in the first Intifada. Halaby explores how Palestinian Art has been shaped by material conditions and showcases its relation to the visual forms produced by Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism and the Mexican mural tradition, all of which reflect a revolutionary base. As Halaby states, “The whole point of this book is to illustrate and explain that the true art of Palestine rests on the Palestinian struggle for liberation.”

Supported by the A.M. Qattan Foundation through the ‘Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field’ Project, funded by Sweden.[English Follows] 

New Creatives

April 10 – May 10, 2019
Opening: Wednesday April 10 at 8pm 
Artists: Abd Al Rahman Al Julani, Rehaf Batniji, Alaa Dayeh, Michael Jabareen, Anan Misk, Nadine Nashef, Ola Zaitoun.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm, Friday 10am – 8pm
New Creatives brings together the selected works of seven emerging
artists from Jerusalem, Haifa, Kafr Kanna, Rawabi, Ramallah and Gaza in an exhibition that reveals their profound common interest in the body
Through painting, video and photography, our New Creatives, explore the closeness as well as the strangeness of being and belonging like those who whisper secrets in confiding timidity. This exhibition opens up for these emerging artists the possibility to showcase their work and communicate with an empathetic audience their ideas and innovations through criticism, testing and dialogue.

Supported by the A.M. Qattan Foundation through the ‘Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field’ Project, funded by Sweden.[English Follows]

Al Ma’mal Talks
George Al Ama | Modernism in Palestine & Its Founders
Friday| 12.04.2019 | 6 PM | at Al Ma’mal
In Al Ma’mal Talks, George M. Al Ama presents Modernism in Palestine, providing insights on its roots and founders.
George Al Ama is a researcher and collector of Palestinian material culture and art. He works as an art consultant for Bank of Palestine.
Supported by the A.M Qattan Foundation through the ‘Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field’ Project, funded by Sweden

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الجمعة 5 نيسان 08:00-10:00 مساءً
المعمل، باب الجديد، القدس 

شادي زقطانشادي زقطان هو عازف جيتار ومؤلف وملحن ومغني فلسطيني. هُجرت عائلته عام النكبة من قرية زكريا في قضاء الخليل. يرتكز مشروعه الموسيقي على نقل الحاضر المعاش والحي في محيطه، حيث ينعكس هذا من خلال الموضوعات التي يتطرق إليها في أغنيته. يكتب بالفصحى واللهجتين المحكية الفلسطينية والبدوية، كما يلحن قصائد لشعراء فلسطينيين وعرب. في رصيده ألبومان موسيقيان، صدر الألبوم الاول بعنوان “عن بلد”عام 2008،  والثاني بعنوان “غناء على الحاجز” صدر عام 2013هذه الفعالية هي جزء من “ليالي القدس” بدعم من الاتحاد الأوروبي.التذاكر على الباب: 30 شيكل . 

Friday 12 April, 2019, 8:00 – 10 pmAl Ma’mal, New Gate, Old City, Jerusalem
Shadi Zaqttan
Shadi Zaqtan is a guitarist, composer, singer and songwriter from Palestine. Born in exile, raised in Damascus, Beirut, Amman and Tunis.His songs are inspired by the daily lives of the Palestinians and produced for the common citizen. He writes his lyrics in classical Arabic, colloquial and Bedouin dialects from poems of Palestinian and other Arab poets. His first album “About a Country” was released in 2008, the second album “Singing at the Checkpoint” in 2013.

Tickets at the Door: 30NIS

This event is part of “Jerusalem Nights” funded by the EU.

Exhibition, Book Launch and Concert

Coming Up @ Al Ma’mal

Exhibition Opening: The Khalidi Library, Jerusalem

Exhibition Opening

The Khalidi Library, Jerusalem
Knowledge, Place .. and Time
Curated by Jack Persekian

Wednesday 21 November, 4pm
Khalidi Library, Bab Al Silsileh 116, Old City, Jerusalem

The exhibition provides a historic account through images, photographs and texts of the Khalidi Library, its 13th century Mamluk buildings adjacent to the Haram Al Sharif and Bab Al Silsileh, and the scholars and colorful personalities who created and nurtured it over the years.

In partnership with the Khalidi Library. Generously supported by: British Council Cultural Protection Fund (UK) and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development managed by Ta’awon.

Book Launch: Rumours Began Some Time Ago

Book Launch


Rumours Began Some Time Ago
Noor Abuarafeh

Friday 23 November, 6pm
Al Ma’mal, New Gate

Rumours Began Some Time Ago is a publication by Noor Abuarafeh commissioned for the Jerusalem Show iX that narrates the attempts of establishing the first Palestinian museum, starting from the Ottoman Empire, crossing the British and how it shaped the city today. The publication questions the lost artworks from Palestine, and how these missing works affect our collective memory.

The project is generously supported by 4C’s and the Royal College of Art, produced during the Delfina Foundation summer residency.


Live Music
with Carol Farah


Friday 23 November, 8pm
Al Ma’mal, New Gate

Carol Farah is a young Palestinian singer and songwriter from Nazareth who has been performing since a young age. Carol will perform with her guitar songs from her indie acoustic album, ‘The Continuing Story of Rivergreen’ as well as cover songs of her favorite folk and blues including songs by Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.

Tickets (at the door): 20 NIS

Our programs are generously supported by:

A. M. Qattan Foundation celebrates the 10th anniversary of YAYA


10th anniversary of The Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA)
November 6–December 27, 2018

A.M. Qattan Foundation
22 Al-Jihad Street
90624 Ramallah
Hours: Monday–Thursday and Saturday 11am–8pm

T +970 2 296 0544
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The Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA) is a biennial programme organized by the A.M. Qattan Foundation to encourage, support, and promote young Palestinian artists. The Award has been named the Hassan Hourani Award in honour of the late Hassan Hourani, a gifted young artist and one of the winners of the first Award in 2000, who died in a tragic drowning accident in 2003.

We Shall Be Monsters is the exhibition curated by artist Emily Jacir, the mentor of the shortlisted young artists for this 10th anniversary edition of the YAYA. The locus of the exhibition is derived from the artistic practices of the participants, whose works were developed over a period of ten months in close collaboration with the curator. Participating artists are Leila Abdelrazaq, Alaa Abu Asad, Yusef Audeh, Haitham Haddad, Safaa Khateeb, Dina Mimi, Firas Shehadeh, Dima Srouji, Walid Al Wawi, and Ola Zaitoun.

In these artists’ works, the personal and collective are deeply intertwined—as in Ola Zaitoun’s psychologically charged paintings depicting the disfigured bodies of women, or the dismembered braids of hair presented as evidence of resistance in Safaa Khateeb’s photographs. In Haitham Haddad’s work, the buried, stitched body becomes a document serving as a time capsule and message to the future. Trans-generational transmissions, memory, and challenging how we collectively and individually construct our history, are also prevalent in the works of the other artists. Drones pass through Firas Shehadeh’s video, where the eye of a wanderer constantly negotiates different proximities from the border zones. Dina Mimi investigates the gaze of the skulls of Algerian resistance fighters that were violently removed from their bodies and kept in a museum in Paris Leila Abdelrazaq’s animated comic collapses time through narrating the personal tragedy of a stillborn baby to question collective memory, loss, and survival. Other artists explore the possibilities of an empowered critical cartography. Dima Srouji collapses space and time and reveals a personal record of Jerusalem through bodily excavations beneath the surface of the city. Yusef Audeh’s objects and paintings follow an anonymous sexualized male body in the traverse between economy and cryptocurrency. A deer and a blue heron poetically narrate physical movement through spaces and a slow movement across time in Alaa Abu Asad’s video. Meanwhile, Walid Al Wawi challenges the status quo through the parallel metaphor of a parachute’s objective as a mechanism to slow down the fall of a human body.

The jury committee (Sandi Hilal, Declan Long, Eva Scharrer, Ahlam Shibli, and Jorge Tacla) announced Safaa Khateeb as the winner of the 2018 prize in the awards ceremony in Ramallah on Friday, November 9. Safaa’s work, The Braids Rebellion, as the jury stated, “was commended for both its technical and conceptual sophistication. It is exceptional, striking work, employing the unusual practice of scan photography in a rigorous and challenging manner. Principally, however, it was Safaa’s profound and affecting achievement in creating an oblique form of aesthetic and political representation that impressed the jury. By picturing braids of hair donated to a breast cancer campaign by incarcerated Palestinian women (in February 2017), Safaa focused on an act of human generosity and a form of solidarity between prison life and the outside world. The resulting photographic installation has a concentrated, pared-back aesthetic intensity that is nonetheless powerful in its evocation of resistance and empowerment.”

The Second Prize was jointly awarded between Firas Shehadeh and Dima Srouji, who both responded to aspects of Palestinian reality in varying ways and from significantly different positions. Ola Zaitoun was awarded the Third Prize for her work Necrosis.

We Shall Be Monsters exhibition continues until December 27, 2018, daily except Fridays and Sundays, from 11am until 6pm at the A. M. Qattan Foundation Cultural Centre, Al-Tireh, Ramallah, Palestine.

Labour of Love: New Approaches to Palestinian
Exhibition Opening: ‘٬Lydda – A Garden Disremembered’
Venue: Birzeit University Museum
Birzeit | 1 pm – 2.30pm​
Exhibition examines the controversies and analogies dealing with the imported British colonial planning paradigm and what that entails from post-industrial spatial forms and ethos, the transformation of Lydda to an ethnically cleansed and segregated city that had been despotically altered and the systematic racial planning policies that aimed at disempowering and suppressing Palestinian communities in favour of Jewish immigrants. Do the now displaced Lyddans carry platonic memories of their city? Perhaps not the paradise garden forseen by Holliday and Polcheck , but a city of once historical and social coherence where harmony has now been replaced by chaos and violence.
Organised: A. M. Qattan Foundation in cooperation with Birzeit University Museum​
Exhibition continues until 15 January 2019

بيرزيت ، ٢.٣٠ -٦.٣٠ مساءً
جولة وإطلاق كتاب
معرض غزْل العروق: عين جديدة على التطريز الفلسطيني
المكان:‬المتحف الفلسطيني، بيرزيت
يضيء معرض “غزْل العروق: عين جديدة على التطريز الفلسطيني” على أحد عناصر تاريخ فلسطين المادي، مُستكشفًا الطرق التي عمل فيها التطريز -رغم عدم وجود صلة تاريخية بينه وبين القوّة السياسية- في فلسطين كأداة فاعلة بيد أولئك اللواتي أنتجنه وارتدينه. غالبًا ما يُمجّد الاحتفاء بالتراث الفلسطيني باعتباره فعل تضامن، ولكن ما هي أشكال التضامن التي تستهدفها وتنتجها الممارسات المتعلقة بالتراث؟ كيف تتقاطع هذه الأشكال والممارسات مع إشكاليات مواضيع النوع الاجتماعي (الجندر) والعمل والطبقة التي يتناولها المعرض؟

٢.٣٠ – ٣ مساءً : التجمع في المتحف الفلسطيني
٣ – ٣.٤٥ مساءً : جولة في معرض “غزْل العروق”، وكيف نقرأ التضامن في التطريز الفلسطيني؟ مع قيّمة المعرض ريتشل ديدمان
٣.٥٠- ٤.٤٠ مساءً: نقاش، مع ريتشل ديدمان ود. تينا شيرول وكيارا دي سيساري، وتدير النقاش: د. عادلة العايدي-هنية
٥.١٠ – ٤.٥٥ مساءً: تكريم المتحف الفلسطيني لداعمي معرض “غزْل العروق” ومقرضي المجموعات والمشاركين في كتابه
٥.١٥ – ٦.٣٠ مساءً: حفل استقبال بتنظيم من المتحف ومؤسسة عبد المحسن القطان

Birzeit | 2.30–6.30 pm
Tour and Book Launch
Labour of Love: New Approaches to Palestinian
Venue: The Palestinian Museum
Embroidery sheds light on an aspect of Palestine’s material history, exploring the ways in which embroidery—although not traditionally associated with political power—has become a locus of agency for those who make it and wear it. Celebration of Palestinian heritage is often extolled as an act of solidarity, but what forms of solidarity do heritage practices address and produce? How do these intersect the problematics of gender, labour and class that the exhibition examines?


2.30 – 3 pm: Gathering at the Palestinian Museum
3 – 3.45 pm: Tour of the exhibition Labour of Love how do we explain solidarity in Palestinian embroidery? with curator Rachel Dedman.
3.50 – 4.40pm:Discussion with Rachel Dedman, Dr. Tina Sherwell and Chiara Di Sassari. Moderated by Dr. Adila Laïdi-Hanieh.
4:55 – 5.10: The Palestinian Museum will honor Labour of Love exhibition donors, collectors, and catalogue contributors.
5.15 – 6.30: Reception at the Palestinian Museum, organised by the Palestinian Museum and A. M. Qattan Foundation.

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