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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Hrair Sarkissian Nagorno-Karabakh

Hrair Sarkissian: Imagined Futures

  • 13 March — 25 April 2015 *on now

Imagined Futures showcases two projects, made seven years apart, that both deal with issues of temporality: one with a non-time, a suspended unrecognised present; the other constituting a projection from an envisioned future that threatens to rupture the present at any moment. Together these bodies of work visualise that which is out of time – histories, people and narratives that have yet to be realised, political spectres that intrude upon the present. These emotive and resonant works engage the viewer beyond the reductive reportage of immediate information media, and make seen what is unseeable, the prospects of time.

Front Line (2007) draws on the artist’s own Armenian identity to contemplate the uneasy predicament of a people and place with an unknown political destiny. They look at a war-torn enclave between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the self-proclaimed independent Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. Throughout the centuries the claims over this territory have shifted, the borders been mapped and remapped, yet the repression of the region’s indigenous Armenians has persisted. Today, over a million of its Azeri and Armenian inhabitants remain displaced; last year saw some of the worst clashes for a decade, and Western powers are still trying to negotiate a long-term solution. The photographs portray both the landscape and those that fought during the 1988-1994 war. Through a sense of isolation, estrangement and haunting, the works raise questions about the price of war and the contradictions inherent within struggles for national independence.

The new two-screen video installation Homesick (2014) depicts the artist destroying an architecturally-precise, scaled replica of his parents’ home in Damascus. More than just a house, the building represents a space where he belongs, a container for his memories, and a place for his family’s collective identity. Through Homesick Sarkissian constructs a story that, in the current political situation of mass destruction and civil war, could very well take place. He contemplates what the consequences would be? What does it mean to expect the worst? Can we fast-forward the present, acknowledge loss and begin reshaping a collapsed history, even before the event?

Alongside the exhibition, The Mosaic Rooms will be launching Sarkissian’s first publication, Background. This book has been produced thanks to the support it gained from its showcase through the first Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative in partnership with Kickstarter.

Hrair Sarkissian (b. 1973, Damascus, Syria) uses photography to re-evaluate larger historical, religious or socio-political narratives. Sarkissian has exhibited widely internationally in both group and solo shows including Tate Modern (London); New Museum (New York); Darat Al Funun (Amman); Mori Art Museum (Tokyo); SALT Beyoglu (Istanbul); Thessaloniki Biennale; Sharjah Biennial; Istanbul Biennial; Asia Pacific Triennial (Brisbane) among many others. In 2013 the artist won the Abraaj Group Art Prize. Hrair Sarkissian is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Greece.

Private View:

Thursday 12 March 2015: 6.30-8.30pm: Join us and artist Hrair Sarkissian to celebrate the opening of his show with drinks, nibbles and live music! Places limited, RSVP essential.

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm, Entrance Free


Secret Ceiling, Damascus

Literature Event: My House in Damascus

  • 1 April 2015 7-8:30pm

Author and Guardian contributor, Diana Darke will be in conversation with Zahed Taj-Eddin, as they will discuss this timely publication as well as the war’s threat to and destruction of Syria’s historic monuments and sites.
My House in Damascus illuminates the darker recesses not just of Syria’s history and politics, but also its society and secrets.Written from the unique perspective of an Arabic-speaking British woman. Diana Darke became deeply embedded in all levels of Syrian society when she bought and restored a house in Damascus. In September 2012, as fighting intensified, she offered her house as a sanctuary to Syrian friends, up to forty people continue to find refuge there today. By following her experiences and struggles with the realities of life on the ground from the 1970s till the present day, the book provides an eye opening account of why Syria remains locked in conflict.

This event accompanies Imagined Futures, the first UK solo show by internationally exhibited Syrian-Armenian artist Hrair Sarkissian, and aims to shed further light on issues raised by the works in the show.

Diana Darke is an independent author and occasional broadcaster whose work has been published by the BBC, The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Sunday Times. After graduating in Arabic from Oxford, she went on to specialise in the Middle East and Turkey, living and working in a range of Arab countries. She began her career at GCHQ, then enjoyed spells with various British government departments and commercial companies before turning to full-time writing. Her detailed travel guides to the region are recognized as the leaders in their field. She regards her newest book My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution as her life’s work, the distillation of her 30 years’ experience of the Arab world.

Zahed Taj-Eddin is an archaeologist, conservator and sculptor; he was born in Syria, presently lives and works in London. He studied applied chemistry, fine arts and ceramics in Syria and Germany; in 2006 he obtained a Masters Degree in Artefact Studies from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London and since then he is an honorary research associate at the institute of Archaeology. He recently completed his PhD on Egyptian faience at the University of Westminster.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Please email to reserve your free place.


Renaissance Emir Book Cover

Literature Event: Renaissance Emir

  • 16 April 2015 7-8:30pm

This special literature event will include a book reading by the author and music performances curated by Rachel Beckles Willson, Professor of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London.

This groundbreaking biography tells the story of the mysterious Levantine prince Fakhr ad-Din, bringing to life this remarkable man’s beliefs and ambitions, uniquely illuminating the elusive interface between Eastern and Western culture. The year is 1613: the Ottoman Empire is at its height, sprawling from Hungary to Iraq, Morocco to Yemen. One man dares to challenge it: the Prince of a curious Druze sect in Mount Lebanon, Fakhr ad-Din. Yielding before a mighty army sent to conquer him, he—astonishingly—takes refuge with the Medici in Florence at the height of the Renaissance. Fakhr ad-Din took along with him a diverse party of Moslem, Christian, and Jewish Levantines on their first visit to the “Lands of the Christians.” During his five-year stay in Italy, he fights to persuade Popes, Grand-Dukes and Viceroys to support a grand plan: a new Crusade to wrest the Holy Land from the Ottomans, giving Jerusalem back to Christendom and himself a crown.

The evening will be introduced by Michel Moushabeck, founder of Interlink Publishing, followed by a reading from the book by its author Ted Gorton, interwoven with songs and instrumental pieces to accompany the Emir’s journey in the 17th century from the Levant to Tuscany and back.

Ted Gorton taught Arabic at St Andrews University and was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He spent many years in the Middle East and has written numerous articles in scholarly journals. He is the author of Lebanon: Through Writers’ Eyes.

Michel S. Moushabeck is a writer, editor, publisher, and musician. He is the founder of Interlink Publishing, a Massachusetts-based independent publishing house specializing in fiction-in-translation, history, and cultural guides. He is the author of several books including Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa (The Armchair Traveller, London, 2011), and A Brief Introduction to Arabic Music (Saqi Books, London, 2014).

Music performed by Yara Salahiddeen and Merit Ariane Stephanos (vocals), Ahmad AlSalhi (violin), Stavroula Constanti (ney), Nilufar Habibian (qanun), Rachel Beckles Willson (oud), and Michel Moushabeck (percussion).

In collaboration with Interlink Publishing.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Please email to reserve a free place.


Still from Haunted (Maskoon)

Documentary Film Screening: Haunted (Maskoon)

  • 22 April 2015 7:30-9pm

Yazji meets friends and people previously unknown to her at their homes. Domiciles where they live now, or where they are yet to live. Spaces that have turned into a sought-after commodity.

When the bombs arrive, their first instinct is to run away. Later, they remember that they didn’t turn back to capture their last memories of what they were leaving behind. They did not bid farewell to their homes, memories, photographs and identity of a life passed. Haunted is about the Syrian people’s relationship with their homes during the war. What is a home – in a physical and in a metaphorical sense? And how, if one dare ask, do they feel when they are forced to leave?

This screening accompanies Imagined Futures, the first UK solo show by internationally exhibited Syrian-Armenian artist Hrair Sarkissian, and aims to shed further light on issues raised by the works in the show.

Liwaa Yazji is a theatre graduate from Syria. She has acted in September Rain (2009) by Syrian director Abdullatif Abdulhamid and has worked as an assistant director in Windows of the Soul (2011), a docudrama directed by Allyth Hajjo and Ammar Alani. She also wrote the screenplay of the TV drama series The Brothers (2013). Haunted is her first documentary film as a director.

112 min || Arabic with English subtitles

Suitable for

  • 18+


  • Arabic


£6.50 online (no booking fee), £7.50 on the door


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: