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:

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'Skywriting performance for Veterans Day 2014'

Mouths At The Invisible Event

  • 16 January — 28 February 2015 *on now

The works featured in the exhibition centre around issues of censorship, spectatorship and the legal and linguistic frameworks underpinning war. Reflecting on not only the failure of images, but also the failure of truth and the manipulation of legislative language to suit political expediency, Birkin’s research focuses on the use of indefinite detention and targeted killing in the “war on terror” and the contrived ambiguity of political and military rhetoric.

Birkin’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at The Courtauld Institute, The Photographers’ Gallery and The Saatchi Gallery, London; the Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow; MoMA PS1’s Rockaway Dome and the Whitney Museum’s ISP exhibition, New York.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Image of the Drone Film Poster

Film Screening: Drone

  • 28 January 2015 7:30-9pm

It follows people on both sides of the drone technology. The unique access to drone victims in Waziristan is juxtaposed to drone pilots who struggle to come to terms with the new warfare.

The film covers diverse and integral ground from the recruitment of young pilots at gaming conventions and the re-definition of “going to war”, to the moral stance of engineers behind the technology, the world leaders giving the secret “green light” to engage in the biggest targeted killing program in history, and the people willing to stand up against the violations of civil liberties and fight for transparency, accountability and justice.

At this important threshold, DRONE looks at where we are today and asks where we are headed.

Directed by Tonje Hessen Schei and produced by Flimmer Film.

Norway| 2014 | 78mins

Suitable for

  • 18+


Tickets are £5 and can be purchased on our website.


Image of the Painter by Dor Guez

Artist's Talk: Dor Guez

  • 4 February 2015 6:30-8pm

The Sick Man of Europe, Guez's most ambitious project to date, reflects on the military history and current political climate of the Middle East through the creative practices of individual soldiers from the region.

Dor Guez (b.1983 Jerusalem) is an artist, scholar, and founder of the Christian Palestinian Archive (CPA). In March 2014, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem has appointed Guez as Head of the Photography Department, making Guez the youngest department head in the history of the academy. His latest research project about archives, Pre-Israeli Orientalism, is due to appear this coming year.

Guez's work has been the subject of over 20 solo exhibitions. In 2010, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, held his first European solo exhibition, making Guez the youngest artist to have had a solo show in the institute's history. In 2012, The Rose Art Museum in Boston hosted Guez's first Overview show. Guez presented in numerous international exhibitions and biennials including the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; 17th and 18th International Contemporary Art Festival, Videobrasil, São Paulo; the 3rd Moscow International Biennale, Moscow; Biennale Benin, Cotonou; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Maxxi Museum, Rome, and more. Guez’s most recent installation, 40-Days was exhibited at The Mosaic Rooms, London.

Simon Grant is editor of TATE ETC. art magazine published by Tate, and co-founder of the art quarterly Picpus. He is editor of In My View: Personal Reflections on Art by Today's Leading Artistspublished by Thames & Hudson and translated into various languages. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines as well as contributed catalogue essays on artists ranging from Paul Nash to Keith Tyson.

Suitable for

  • 18+


ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)
The Mall


£7 - £8


Image of Drone

Panel Discussion: Unmanned

  • 5 February 2015 7-8:30pm

The use of unarmed aerial vehicles both in combat and surveillance is one of the most controversial and opinion dividing elements of modern conflict. Drones are remote operated and thus pose little risk to the attacker but this type of intervention poses many cultural and moral problems. Furthermore surveillance drones raise significant issues for privacy and civil liberties.

The panel discussion consists of leading voices on the issues and complexities of this type of warfare. Our panel of speakers will provide an invaluable, and often shocking insight into the use of drones in on-going armed conflicts around the world as well as their growing use in civilian surveillance closer to home.

The panel includes:

Chris Woods is a London-based investigative journalist, whose book Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars publishes in April. A former senior producer with the BBC’s Newsnight and Panorama, he has been covering the Global War on Terror since 2001. His investigations have taken him to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as to Israel and Palestine – all nations where armed drone have come to dominate. Woods set up and ran the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s award-winning Drones team back in 2011. He is presently producing a major TV series on Al Qaeda’s operations in Saudi Arabia, and runs a project monitoring the international air war in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State.

Julian Stallabrass is a writer, photographer, curator and lecturer. He is Professor in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and is the author of Art Incorporated, Oxford University Press 2004. He is the editor of Documentary, in the MIT/ Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art series; and Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images, Photoworks, Brighton 2013.

Additional panelists will be announced soon.

Suitable for

  • 18+


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Screenshot from War at a Distance

Film Screening: War at a Distance

  • 11 February 2015 7:30-9pm

In 1991, when images of the Gulf War flooded the international media, it was virtually impossible to distinguish between real pictures and those generated on computer. This loss of bearings was to change forever our way of deciphering what we see. The image is no longer used only as testimony, but also as an indispensable link in a process of production and destruction. This is the central premise of “War at a Distance”, which continues the deconstruction of claims to visual objectivity Harun Farocki developed in his earlier work. With the help of archival and original material, Farocki sets out in effect to define the relationship between military strategy and industrial production and sheds light on how the technology of war finds applications in everyday life.

Harun Farocki (1944-2014) was born in German-annexed Czechoslovakia. In addition to teaching posts in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Manila, Munich and Stuttgart, he was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Farocki made close to 120 films, including feature films, essay films and documentaries. He worked in collaboration with other filmmakers as a scriptwriter, actor and producer. He wrote for numerous publications, and from 1974 to 1984 he was editor and author of the magazine Filmkritik. His work has shown in many national and international exhibitions and installations in galleries and museums.

German with English subtitles | 2003| 58mins

Suitable for

  • 18+


Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from our website.


Image of Raja Shehadeh

Raja Shedadeh: Language of War, Language of Peace

  • 25 February 2015 7-8:30pm

The Mosaic Rooms and Profile Books are delighted to present the launch of Raja Shehadeh’s new publication ‘Language of War, Language of Peace’.

Award-winning author Raja Shehadeh explores the politics of language and the language of politics in the Israeli Palestine conflict, reflecting on the walls that they create – legal and cultural – that confine today’s Palestinians just like the physical borders, checkpoints and the so called ‘Separation Barrier’.

The peace process has been ground to a halt by twists of language and linguistic chicanery that has degraded the word ‘peace’ itself. No one even knows what the word might now mean for the Middle East. So to give one example of many, Israel argued that the omission of the word ‘the’ in the UN Security Council’s resolutions meant that it was not mandated to withdraw from all of the territories occupied in 1967.

‘Language of War, Language of Peace’ is another important book from Raja Shehadeh on the world’s greatest political fault line.

Raja Shehadeh is Palestine’s leading writer. He is also a lawyer and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq. Shehadeh is the author of several acclaimed books including Strangers in the House and Occupation Diaries and winner of the 2008 Orwell Prize for Palestinian Walks (all Profile). He lives in Ramallah in Palestine.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Please email to reserve a place.


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: