Ort Gallery will be reopening on Thursday 13th October 6pm. Its Exhibition Programme for 2016 to 2018 will focus on working with a diverse group of artists looking at subjects of Britishness, personal Heritage, Citizenship, Home and Belonging, the Black Diaspora and the LGBT community. There will also be some touring exhibitions.
The first of these is an exhibition of photographic stories from the Middle East by Rawiya, meaning ‘she who tells a story’ in Arabic, the first all-female photographic collective to emerge from the Middle East. It comes from New Art Exchange (NAE), Nottingham, curated by NAE and Saleem Arif Quadri. For presentation at Ort Gallery, the show is curated by Ian Sergeant and Amahra Spence.
Myriam Abdelaziz, Tanya Habjouqa, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak, Dalia Khamissy, and Newsha Tavakolian established Rawiya in 2009 to provide support to female photographers in the Middle East.
The artists were united in their desire to tell the stories of their region in their own words. This was in response to the misrepresentations presented by the global press, which they observed whilst working as photojournalists across the Arab world. This shared experience inspired the members to create their own platform, to present what they felt to be the wider political and social stories currently going unseen. Alongside the exhibition, there will be a series of events that will make the themes the artists explore in their work accessible to all. Please visit Ort’s website for more information: ortgallery.co.uk
Launch of Realism in Rawiya
Thursday 13th October 2016 6-8pm Ort Gallery, 500-504 Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 9AH
The exhibition will run until the 16th of December. After the launch, the gallery will be open 12-5pm Tuesday-Saturday.
Access: Unfortunately the access to Ort Gallery is via stairs only and we do not currently have the resources to install a lift.
Strategic investment by the Arts Council England’s Elevate fund has made it possible to present this exhibition.