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:

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

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.





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Friday Late: Far Away & Long Ago…

  • 28 October 2016 7-10pm

Join DJ Peter De Vena Franks for an evening of vintage vinyl inspired by the installation in our current exhibition, Stream of Stories, by Katia Kameli.

Stream of Stories traces the journey and translations, both cultural and literal, of a collection of animal fables. The evening’s playlist will follow the route of the Stream of Stories journey from India to North Africa and across to Europe. You’ll be able to try your hand at crafting activities inspired by the fables throughout the night. Our bar will be open with a specially conceived cocktail list available to enjoy.


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Qalandiya talk

Qalandiya Encounters: This Sea is Mine

  • 29 October 2016 2-4pm

Alongside the series of other projects taking place across different venues in London, The Mosaic Rooms will host a one day symposium bringing together a diverse group of architects, artists, filmmakers, academics and professionals discussing the theme ‘This Sea is Mine’. This theme will be an entry point for contemplating and exploring concepts of return and refuge in both Palestine and the region. Unpacked by the different participants, the sea will be a medium to navigate through as they seek to question their role within the complex political and economic situation in the region.

A selection of participants from the exhibition will present their work in form of Pecha Kucha presentation, which will open up the exploration of themes exhibited by a round-table discussion panel.





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Contested Archives: Colonial Photography from Algeria

  • 1 November 2016 7-8:30pm

The panel discussion will also think on archives as sites of historical and political contestation that continue to determine Algerian-French relations.

Photographer Boudjelal’s work over the past 10 years has focused on his relationship with Algeria, exploring the intricate links between personal identity, national identity and cultural memory. Martin Evans’ research focuses on the political, social and cultural consequences of empires through the example of the French Empire and modern Algeria. Siobhán Shilton’s interests lie in postcolonial and transnational studies particularly contemporary art and literature exploring cultures of France, the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa.

Bruno Boudjelal is a photographer and member of the VU photography agency, Paris.

Martin Evans is Professor Of Modern European History at the University of Sussex.

Siobhán Shilton is Senior Lecturer in French at University of Bristol.

The event is organised by Katarzyna Falecka.





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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