Visual Arts news

Saturday, 11 March 2017:  Issam Kourbaj is giving a talk as part of TEDxUAL

Monday, 13th and Tuesday, 14th March 2017, 10 am-9 pm, Lasdun Function Room, Yusuf Hamied Centre

Creativity and Curiosity: Artists and Astronomers.  An exhibition that explores the richness of space. Work made by visual artists Ione PArkin, Alison Lochhead and Gillian McFarland as a response to dialogue with planetary geophysicists and astronomers from the Institute of Astronomy and further afield.

Monday, 13th March, 7 - 8pm, Yusuf Hamied Theatre

Astronomy through the Ages.  Gary Fildes, Director and Founder of the Kielder Observatory explores the impact of astronomy through history leading up to present day influences on the accompanying Creativity and Curiosity exhibition.

Tuesday, 14th March, 7 - 8.30pm, Lasdun Function Room, Yusuf Hamied Centre

Creativity and Curiosity: Artists and Astronomers in Conversation.  Ione Parkin, Alison Lochhead and Gillian McFarland are the three lead artists who have produced the body of work for the exhibition Creativity and Curiosity. With astronomers, they discuss their response to the science that inspired and shaped their work.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 18:00 – 19:15, The Yusuf Hamied Theatre, Christ’s College

Dark Water, Burning World: Lesbos and Syria
A Collaboration between the poet Ruth Padel and Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj

To mark the sixth anniversary of the uprising in Syria

Christ’s lector in art Issam Kourbaj, will be reflecting on his work in response to the Syrian Crisis and his upcoming installation at the Fitzwilliam Museum*, Dark Water, Burning World.

Christ’s former poet in residence Ruth Padel will read a new poem Wave - influenced by her meetings on the island of Lesbos, both with the inhabitants and with some of the thousands of Syrians who have fled there.

Open to all members of the College, the University and the general public

Supported by the Visual Arts Steering Group of Christ’s College


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Life Drawing Classes

Issam Kourbaj is running life drawing classes from Wednesday, 25 January to Wednesday, 8 March 2017 from 19:00 to 21:00.  For information please contact Issam on

Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq by Issam Kourbaj

Opening April 8, 2017

This new exhibition, created in conjunction with the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, sheds light on the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East by showing what’s at stake—the rich history of the region and the diversity of its people—and what’s being done to prevent the loss of this history and cultural identity. Fascinating ancient art and artifacts from the Penn Museum’s extensive Near East collection tells the stories of the cultures of Syria and Iraq through time. Contemporary artwork from Issam Kourbaj, a Syrian artist based in Cambridge, provides a modern-day response to the artifacts and themes. The exhibition will feature the important work being done by the University of Pennsylvania and the Smithsonian to help combat the loss of irreplaceable cultural heritage in that region.

4 to 7 June 2016:  Issam Kourbaj

The eleventh edition of Another Day Lost will be shown in Budapest in June as part of the Central European University, School of Public Policy annual conference:

9 April to 2 July 2016:  Issam Kourbaj taking part in an exhibition to celebrate the opening of the Maxwell Centre.

14 to 19 March 2016:  Issam Kourbaj, Another Day Lost at Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

15 January to 17 March 2016:  Loukas Morley exhibition at Espresso Library, 210 East Road, Cambridge

24 February to 6 March 2016:  Issam Kourbaj, Another Day Lost at Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia

December 2015 to January 2016:  Issam Kourbaj, Another Day Lost 1,735 and Counting, New York

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 at 7.30 pm St James's Piccadilly:  Issam Kourbaj, Flight:  Songs of Exile and Homecoming. 
A concert for Candlemas in aid of Doctors of the World UK and Starfish Foundation.

20 January to 24 February 2016:  Life drawing classes.  See Teaching and Exhibitions for more details.


Life drawing classes start today. Click here for more details.


Forthcoming exhibition by Lynne Brown: Sensing Space. Streets, Green Houses and Sofas: The Enchantment of Everyday Objects.

March 11-Apr 10, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge


Life drawing classes start on January 21st. Click here for more details.

Golnar Malek would like to invite everyone to a social exhibition with live music on January 15 at The Plough in Shepreth. Directions here.


Lector in Art Issam Kourbaj speaks to The Times about his homeland Syria, his worries and his art. His latest work, Unearthed, can be viewed at St Peter's Church, Cambridge until October 26.



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