SOAS University of London

Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London

Edge of Arabia Education Day

Distorted Reality

Date: 18 October 2008Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 18 October 2008Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: The Galleries

Type of Event: Exhibition

As part of a unique exhibition of contemporary art from Saudi Arabia, the award winning Offscreen Education Programme is inviting teachers and students to a dedicated Education Day and the launch of an accompanying resource pack on Saturday 18th October 2008.

Offscreen continues to provide exciting and innovative new resources for teachers exploring the Middle East in the classroom.

This event is part of the Edge of Arabia exhibition which will take place at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS from 16th October to 13th December 2008. The exhibition explores the work of 17 contemporary Saudi Arabian artists, male and female, through their own individual stories.

The Education Day will provide art teachers with the skills and resources to teach new and interesting aspects of contemporary Saudi art in UK schools.

With the help of artists, curators and scholars, both teachers and students will explore a range of exciting themes including the emerging art scene within Saudi Arabia, the artist’s voice in the media age and a number of individual stories behind the artists work.

The official sponsor for the Education Day is the Abdul Latif Jameel Co. Ltd. (based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia). Fadi Jameel said, “We are delighted to support this timely and important project which gives Saudi artists the opportunity to express themselves in the world’s art capital.

We are especially pleased to be sponsoring the education programme around the exhibition, allowing young people in the UK to better understand and engage with contemporary culture from Saudi Arabia.”

Stephen Stapleton, Head Curator of Edge of Arabia and Director of Offscreen said “We want to provide teachers with an innovative and exciting way of teaching their pupils about Saudi Arabian artists and their techniques. It is something that we have been working on for several years and are proud to launch it at the Education Day.”

The programme for the day will run from 10:00 to 17:00 with high calibre guests including: Dr. Geoffrey King, Professor at SOAS; Reem al Faisal, contributing artist and journalist; Peter Sanders a leading British Muslim photographer whose work in Makkah and Al Madinah have won international acclaim.

Attending art teachers from secondary schools and universities will receive a free educational resource pack (with a value of over £50) on the day.

Full details of the exhibition

Organiser: offscreen

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Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4046

Contact Fax: +44(0)20 7898 4259

Sponsor: Abdul Latif Jameel Co. Ltd.