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:

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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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Remembering Assia Djebar

  • 10 June — 6 October 2016 *on now

Often named as a contender for the Nobel, she was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1996 and elected to the Academie Francaise in 2005. At once anti-patriarchal and anti-colonial, Djebar spoke eloquently of freedom and its obstacles as well as the complex machinery of identity.

The evening reflects on Djebar’s life, works and achievements, looks at her reception in Arabic and French, and ponders questions of language, translation of circulation of literary works, and also the interface between literature and cinema.

The event will be chaired by Wen-Chin Ouyang and include a panel of speakers, who will be announced shortly.

Wen-Chin Ouyang is Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London. She was born in Taiwan and raised in Libya. She completed her BA in Arabic at Tripoli University and PhD Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University in New York City. She taught Arabic language, literature and culture at Columbia University, University of Chicago and University of Virginia before she moved to London. Ouyang is interested in critical theory and thought as well as poetics and prosaics. She has written extensively on classical and modern Arabic narrative and literary criticism.





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The Yaz Fentazi Trio

  • 13 October 2016 8-9:30pm

The Yaz Fentazi Trio perform music that draws on the rich musical traditional of jazz, blues and North African music, built around their original compositions, the trio’s irresistible grooves and vibrant rhythm create a sizzling party atmosphere. The music is a rootsy blend of Gnawa, Chaabi and Andalusian Music.

The Guardian has described Yaz Fentazi’s compositions as having “breadth and atmosphere, and his oud soloing, which recalls the drive and dynamism of world Oud star Anouar Brahem, is often stunning.”

Line up :

Yaz Fentazi (oud)

Samir Nacer (percussion)

Robyn Hemmings (upright bass)

Yaz Fentazi was invited to perform, record and tour with the Master Drummers of Africa, Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin), Natacha Atlas, Transglobal Underground,Peter Ind, and was the main composer of Fantazia Band and more.

Arts Canteen curate events, exhibitions and festivals that support emerging artists from the Arab World and the diasporas in bringing their work to new audiences in the UK and beyond. Working with UK-based educational, non-profit, arts and outreach organisations its aim is to facilitate the exchange of art and ideas across social and geographical boundaries.

Tickets: £12





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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