The Mosaic Rooms

The Mosaic Rooms
226 Cromwell Road
Greater London




020 7370 9990

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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.
Tunisian Americans, 2012. Nadia Kaabi Linke. Photo credit Paolo Costa

The Future Rewound & The Cabinet of Souls

  • 10 October — 29 November 2014 *on now

The exhibition is formed in two parts, both inspired by the history of The Mosaic Rooms building, which more than a century ago, served as the domicile for Imre Kiralfy, the man responsible for many of the grand exhibitions at Earls Court, White City and Olympia. Kiralfy brought curiosities from all parts of the global empire to England, where the Victorian public was eager to view such spectacles. The exhibition reflects on these last hundred years and the structures of power that thread colonialism and capitalism, captivity and control, the observed and observing.

The lower gallery, ‘The Cabinet of Souls’, inverts the roles of spectators and objects and makes visible the ghostly shadows that influence social forces today. The display includes a new commission ‘Faces’, that obverts the politics of representation of tribes brought over for the “Savage South Africa” spectacle that formed part of Kiralfy’s Greater Britain Exhibition in 1899.

In the upper gallery, ‘The Future Rewound’ explores enduring methods of control in contemporary life, via works such as ‘No’ - a two-channel video installation which focuses on the rigorous visa process that people go through to enter the UK, and new installation ‘Perspective 1’ that refers to the recent financial crisis in London and challenges the omnipotent influence of capitalism.

Nadia Kaabi-Linke was born in 1978 in Tunis, her work has been exhibited internationally, including at recent solo shows in Europe, Hong Kong, India and the UAE. Her works are part of several public and private collections including that of MOMA, New York.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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"Screen shot from exhibition 'No'"

Artist Film Screening: Nadia Kaabi-Linke

  • 27 November 2014 6:30-8pm

Join The Mosaic Rooms and Iniva for a special screening and discussion about Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s video installation ‘NO’ which focuses on the rigorous visa process that people must go through to enter the UK.

‘NO’ is a two-channel video installation, presenting a dialogue in which a crowd, without power despite their numbers, opposes an individual voice of authority. On one screen an omnipotent faceless mouth voices the questions the UK border agency asks on the visa form. On the other, a choir of Tunisian citizens sings the responses to these demands for information. They are a group, yet they remain subject to the authoritarian voice and its investigation. The setting within an Anglican church draws parallels to the Holy Inquisition and the presumption of guilt without fair hearing.

The video piece was inspired by Kaabi Linke’s own experience but also in response to the recent uprisings in Tunisia which saw “many people fleeing from North Africa. The uprisings were motivated by an unanimous consent for more freedom, social fairness and economical wealth, but then, when the protests showed first signs of success, refugees from Tunisia and other parts of Africa used the gaps of the North African borders to searched freedom and wealth where it always was supposed to be, in Europe.”

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist and special guest about the process and experience of making this work.


Suitable for

  • Any age


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"The Future Rewound & The Cabinet of Souls exhibition photo"

Exhibition Closing Party

  • 29 November 2014 4-6pm

This is your last chance to see The Mosaic Rooms final exhibition of 2014: The Future Rewound & The Cabinet Of Souls. Join artists Nadia and Timo Kaabi-Linke to celebrate its closing. A special, limited edition, exhibition book will be launched at this event.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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: