The Mosaic Rooms

The Mosaic Rooms Gallery, London

The Mosaic Rooms are an art gallery and bookshop in West London showcasing contemporary culture from and connected to the Arab World.

Our varied programme includes art and design exhibitions, film screenings, literary events, talks, performances and supper clubs. We work in partnership with leading cultural institutions and are proud to have been a part of London wide festivals such as Shubbak, Nour, London Design Festival and more. Admission to all of our exhibitions is FREE, as are most of our events. See what's coming up here:

Event Hire: The Mosaic Rooms is available to hire for business meetings and a wide range of arts, corporate and private events. Find out about hiring The Mosaic Rooms here:

The Mosaic Rooms Bookshop stocks celebrated and new writers from the Arab World, art books, and films, in both English and Arabic. Pop in during your visit or browse and buy titles online here:

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Opening hours

Opening Times: Our exhibitions are open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm.

Admission charges

All of our exhibitions and many of our events are FREE.

Getting there

We are located on the junction of Earls Court Road and Cromwell Road, just 5 minutes walk from Earl's Court station (Earls Court Road exit). Plan your visit here:

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Artist Talk: Katia Kameli

  • 8 October 2016 12-1:30pm

Drawing together both new and recent work, Katia Kameli’s exhibition takes the audience on a journey exploring the power of storytelling, historical authenticity and national identity. The films and installation presented at The Mosaic Rooms showcase some of the artist’s central concerns: issues of dual identity, multiplicity, and the potential for residing in an ‘in-between’ space. The exhibition is staged at a time when such questions of selfhood, history and nation are particularly resonant.

Katia Kameli is a French-Algerian artist, born in 1973 in France. Through video, photograph, installation and print, she investigates intercultural spaces, intersecting identities and their construction. Her work has gained recognition on the international artistic and cinematographic scene.

Her most recent solo-exhibitions include: Futur, Artconnexion, Lille (2016); Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York (2014); 7 Acts of Love in 7 Days of Boredom, Transpalette, Bourges (2012); Duty Free, Videochroniques, Marseille (2012). She participated in numerous groups shows that include: Made in Algeria, MuCEM, Marseille (2016); Mare Nostrum, Prospectif Cine?ma, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); Entry prohibited to foreigners, Havre Magasinet, Boden, Sweden (2015); Where we’re at, Bozar, Bruxelles (2014); Lubumbashi Biennale, Congo (2013); Pour un Monde Durable, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisboa (2013); Le Pont, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseille (2013); Dak’art, Dakar Biennale (2012); Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennale (2012); Bamako Biennale, Mali (2011).

Simon Njami is a writer and an independent curator, lecturer, art critic and essayist. He has published his first novel “Cercueil et Cie” in 1985, followed by “Les Enfants de la Cité” in 1987, “Les Clandestins” and “African Gigolo” in 1989, notably. He wrote two biographies, about James Baldwin and Léopold Sédar Senghor, several short texts, scripts for cinema and documentary films. Njami is the co-founder of Revue Noire, a journal of contemporary African and extra-occidental art, and he was Visiting Professor at UCSD (University of San Diego California).





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Those Nights of Magic and Myth

  • 21 September 2016 7:30-9pm

In this 50-minute storytelling performance, Chirine El Ansary will weave a thread of magic and enchantment across one of the richest and evoking products of the human imagination and transport you through an endless set of intersecting narratives. Just like the interdisciplinary works of Katia Kameli, Chirine’s stories are unapologetically open-ended, polymorphic and absolutely spellbinding. Prepare to be enchanted.

Chirine El Ansary is an Egyptian storyteller and physical performer living between Egypt and France. Throughout her career Chirine has performed in the ancient buildings, streets and markets of Cairo, Damascus and Aleppo as well as in prisons, refugee camps, remote villages, forests and world-class cultural institutions. Her stories brought her to Sanaa, Nairobi, Zanzibar, Johannesburg, Rome, Naples, Rotterdam, Paris, Oslo, Shiraz, Warsaw, Constantine, Beirut, Lyon and London (Barbican Centre 2004/2005/2006, Rich Mix and Soho Theatre amongst others). Her work includes experimental movement solos, performance poetry and storytelling. Chirine is currently working on a new cycle of stories from The Arabian Nights.

The event coincides with the launch of Rewrite Your Story, a development scheme for emerging BAME storytellers wishing to create alternative narratives through oral literature. The scheme is run by Filotico Arts.


Tickets: £8
Concessions: £5 (please email to request a concession ticket)



Film Screening: Image Keepers

  • 29 September 2016 7-8:30pm

The film is centred around Safia Kouaci, the widow of Mohammed Kouaci, one of the rare Algerian photographers who documented the struggle for independence.

Zineb Sedira is an Algerian artist who combines installations, photography, film and video to raise awareness of artistic expressions and contemporary experiences in Algeria, and the Maghreb region more generally. Using portraits, landscapes, language and archival research, she has developed a polyphonic vocabulary which spans fiction, documentary as well as poetic and lyrical approaches. In her recent work, Sedira's focus has shifted from autobiographical concerns to explorations of ideas of mobility, memory transmission and geographic issues. Sedira is the founder and director of Aria, an artist residency in Algiers.






An Evening with Tahar Ben Jelloun

  • 26 October 2016 7-9pm

The event will mark the publication of About My Mother, an evocative portrait of a mother and her son, exploring themes of love, loss, illness and memory. This poignant and compelling novel is also a powerful account of the hardships endured by women in Morocco.

Regularly shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tahar Ben Jelloun is an internationally bestselling novelist, essayist, critic and poet. His many publications include This Blinding Absence of Light, The Sand Child and Racism Explained to My Daughter.

‘Morocco’s greatest living author’ The Guardian

‘In any language, in any culture, Tahar Ben Jelloun would be a remarkable novelist’ Sunday Telegraph

Winner of an English PEN Award

Born in Fez, Morocco, Tahar Ben Jelloun is an award-winning and internationally bestselling novelist, essayist, critic and poet. Regularly shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in Literature, he has won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and received the rank of Officier de la Légion d’honneur in 2008. Some of his works in English translation include The Happy Marriage, This Blinding Absence of Light, The Sand Child and Racism Explained to My Daughter.

Lulu Norman has translated the work of Mahi Binebine, Albert Cossery, Mahmoud Darwish, Amin Maalouf and the songs of Serge Gainsbourg. Her translations have been shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and Best Translated Books Award, among others.

Rosie Goldsmith is an award-winning journalist specializing in arts and current affairs, in the UK and abroad. In 20 years at the BBC she travelled the world, covering events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa, presenting flagship BBC programmes Front Row and Crossing Continents. She has chaired European Literature Night at the British Library ever since it began in 2009 and runs the European Literature Network.





Getting there

We are located on the junction of Earls Court Road and Cromwell Road, just 5 minutes walk from Earl's Court station (Earls Court Road exit). Plan your visit here:

The Mosaic Rooms
226 Cromwell Road
Greater London




020 7370 9990

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