Reflections: contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa
11 February 2021

Venetia Porter, Curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle East Art, looks at how artists of the Middle East and North Africa respond to, and reflect on, issues of gender, identity, politics, history and cultural tradition, through the prism of contemporary art.

The art of imitation – 19th century Islamic revivalism
23 December 2019

Discover how Islamic design and technique prompted Western artists and craftspeople to create imitations or variations of the originals they encountered, and the impact this had on Western art and design.

Inspired by the east – connecting collections
5 November 2019

Trustee of the Albukhary Foundation, Sharifah Zarah Albukhary discusses why the collaboration between two museums half way across the globe is so important in presenting the connections between East and West.

An introduction to Orientalist painting
9 October 2019

Curator Julia Tugwell takes a closer look at the art movement of Orientalism, and the way in which North Africa and the Middle East were often represented as lands of beauty and intrigue by Western artists.

How did the Islamic world influence Western art?
16 July 2019

Our newly announced special autumn exhibition looks at how artists and craftspeople from Europe and North America were inspired by – and represented – the Islamic world, especially the Middle East and North Africa. Exhibition co-curators Julia Tugwell and Olivia Threlkeld discuss how these artistic traditions and connections continue to stretch across the world and connect cultures.