Looking East: Middle East


From 4th to 20th October

Great Court of the British Museum

This art project was managed, designed and created by community outreach in partnership with groups in Camden, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Newham.

This installation explores themes from the exhibition Inspired by the East: how the Islamic world influenced Western which has just opened at the British Museum.

Participants took a theatrical approach to the representation of the Middle East in the 19th century, exploring patterns, objects, architecture, artists’ studios, market and urban scenes and landscapes. Groups focused on crafts of the Middle East and North Africa, to explore the richness of decorative and applied arts. They researched different techniques, patterns, designs and textures, taking their inspiration from tiled floors, archways, landscapes, textured walls, ceramics, and artefacts such as metal jugs, furniture and rugs.

The groups involved were Blackfriars Settlement (mental health & wellbeing); Mary Ward Centre/British Museum Art Group; Camden Chinese Community Centre; Castlehaven Community Centre; Christopher Hatton Primary School; Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association; Islington Bangladesh Association, Mildmay Housing (Notting Hill Housing); Regents Park Time Bank; Single Homeless Project; St Hilda’s East; and Stratford Library (local community).

Supported by Awards for All