Perpetual Movement: Seven Arab women artists explore the relationship between migration and memory in connection to the Arab world and its diaspora, as part of the Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival. Curated by Lizzy Vartanian Collier, the exhibition looks into, for example, how the memory of a place changes once a person leaves and what happens if one is ethnically associated with a location but has never even been there. It also shows how memories can be inherited, alter from generation to generation, become fragmented, or create gaps that need to be filled.
Arab Women Artists Now Festival (AWAN) 2018: An annual arts festival designed and delivered by Arts Canteen and a group of collaborators, AWAN aims to showcase and celebrate Arab women's achievements. Established in 2015 and now in its fourth edition, it showcases a versatile programme of female Arab artists across disciplines, whilst enabling establishing and emerging artists to perform side by side. The extensive schedule features visual arts, music, comedy, dance, design, food, film, theatre, workshops and much more.
Bringing forward the wonderful and diverse talent, achievements and industrious work of Arab female creatives, AWAN offers not only the chance to be a male or female audience member and enjoy the artistic productions, but it also enables direct networking opportunities - through workshops and the ‘Connect’ programme - whereby established and emerging arts professionals can engage with each other and also help guide new hopefuls who may wish to break into the field.