Unearthing Heritage | Schools Webinar

Shubbak presents the first in a series of three new interactive webinars for children and young people aged 12 years and over which highlight the creativity and innovation of Arab artists.

Unearthing Heritage, hosted by Arman Nouri and featuring graphic designer Farah Fayyad (Lebanon) and visual artist Rand Abdul Jabbar (Iraq), explores identity through themes of heritage and migration. This educational session includes:

  • Virtual visits to the artists' studios
  • Clips of their work and creating in action
  • Live activities for students to join (all abilities)
  • Live Q&A for students to ask the artists questions

The webinar is relevant to the following curriculum subjects: Art & Design, PSHE & Citizenship, Humanities, History, Geography, Anthropology, Modern Foreign Languages (Arabic) and it is suitable for ESOL students.

The webinar is open to all schools, education settings and community groups across the UK and internationally.

What to expect

Both artists share insights into work which was presented as part of Shubbak Festival 2021. Rand Abdul Jabbar shares insights into her practice and the inspiration behind her sculptural installation at Chelsea Physic Garden, Every Act of Recognition Alters What Survives. The work explored themes of migration and displacement, drawing from stories of London-based Iraqi and Syrian women with whom she collaborated. Farah Fayyad is the designer of The Distant Here, an outdoor exhibition in West London that that reflected on Palestinian displacement. Drawing from heritage, Farah creates original Arabic lettering and will guide participants through creating their very own meaningful designs in the language of their choice.

Practical information

  • Suitable for KS3, KS4, colleges, ESOL students, youth and community groups
  • Hosted on Zoom, the webinar follows the latest safeguarding guidelines
  • Participants need to have coloured pens and paper to hand for the activities
  • Sign up to be notified of future webinar announcements: Walk With Us - how are Arab women artists challenging the patriarchy? (4 Oct) and Intercultural Journeys - artists collaborating across borders and languages (29 Nov).

Biographies

Rand Abdul Jabbar is a designer, architect and visual artist from Baghdad now living in Abu Dhabi. Her works examine the historic, cultural and personal narratives surrounding her culture. He work has recently been exhibited at the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Jameel Arts Centre, Rabat Biennale, and the Biennale d'Architecture d'Orléans (2019). Abdul Jabbar received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University in 2014.

Farah Fayyad is a graphic designer from Beirut, Lebanon with two very particular interests: lettering and silk screen printing. Her work involves a lot of play with Arabic and bilingual scripts and design. She has worked at renowned design studios and started Silkroad, an experimental print-making studio in Beirut. She is currently the inhouse designer at Dar El-Nimer for Arts & Culture, a museum and cultural space in Beirut and is setting up a new educational printmaking platform in Armenia.

Arman Nouri designs and delivers projects across the built environment, cultural and public sectors. Focussed on the role of civic infrastructures and cultural production in community and neighbourhood development, his work encourages people to gather, exchange and collaborate in pursuit of spatial and social justice. He is the host of Open City podcast and works at the Greater London Authority (GLA) strengthening the cultural and creative industries in London, Essex and Kent

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