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ArtSchool Palestine is a structure and place for the exchange and development of contemporary Palestinian Art.

If you are interested in taking part in ArtSchool Palestine here are some of the ways to get involved:

1) Become one of ArtSchool Palestine Patrons
2) Sponsor one of our programs

  • 1) Patron’s support is vital for ArtSchool Palestine. Becoming an annual patron will draw you into a close involvement with ArtSchool Palestine activities and aspirations. The patron’s scheme has been created to enable both established and new supporters to assist ArtSchool Palestine in delivering its outstanding program.

    For an annual contribution of £1000 you will receive the following opportunities for engagement:

    Named recognition in promotional materials and on the ArtSchool Palestine website
    Special invitations to all ArtSchool Palestine events (artists talks, exhibitions, panel discussions and parties)
    Invitation to participate in annual art trips to Palestine
    Regular mailings and updates on ArtSchool Palestine news, programs and events
    Special opportunities to meet artists
    If you are a UK tax payer you can make your donation through the gift aid scheme, which increases the value of your donation.

Gift Aid donations can be made to Visiting Arts (Registered Charity # 1085506)

2) Other creative giving opportunities – sponsor one of our programs:

There are a range of other opportunities for major donors to support areas of the artistic or education program that have particular significance to them. These include the following

Website development aims to overcome the physical limitations of restricted mobility by creating a virtual structure, a venue and base for the exchange, development, exhibition and discussion of visual art both in Palestine and the UK . The site is user friendly in design with materials in Arabic and English that cater to the needs of both international and Palestinian audiences. More than 50,000 visitors have visited the site since it was launched on 13 February 2005.  To reach a wider public in Palestine the development of an Arabic version of the website is one of ArtSchool Palestine priorities.

Artist in Residence program (UK-Palestine)
This scheme is part of ArtSchool Palestine’s professional development program through which Palestinian artists are given the opportunity to spend up to three months to live, work and present their work to the UK public.  Similarly, this program funds the residency of UK based artists who wish to go to Palestine for a period of three months to live, work and network with Palestinian arts communities.


ArtSchool Palestine organizes a series of workshops that aims to invigorate the contemporary art scene in Palestine . The program includes art workshops in deprived and under provided for areas such as refugee camps and other specialized educational programs that aim to empower art centres and artists in areas such as arts criticism, website development, arts management and also digital documentation.

The participation of Palestinian artists in international art events
One of our aims is to promote the inclusion of Palestinian art in international art events taking place around the word such as biennales, film festivals, art fairs and other showcases.  We believe the active participation of Palestinian artists in international events will help develop a better understanding of Palestinian culture and will also provide Palestinian artists with the opportunity to interact and engage with the international contemporary arts scene.

Please contact us for full details on becoming a patron or a sponsor of any of the above activities at [email protected]. We are happy to discuss with you current ArtSchool Palestine opportunities and programs.

The Second Riwaq Biennale

In Palestine
There are currently more than 60 biennale and triennials around the world. These days it seems that everyone wants to hold a biennale and cities around the world are competing to host a series of ever more elaborate exhibitions designed to lure the international art world. But as the locations get ever more varied it sometimes seems like the product and curatorial approaches increasingly represent the homogenisation of events – a flattening of cultural diversity crushed under the dictatorship of the international art market.

It is not easy to stand out in an increasingly crowded calendar; the conditions of creative production under occupation make it even harder to provide participants with a mental map of Palestine’s contemporary cultural landscape. As a result, Riwaq has taken the decision to offer the public an alternative set of co-ordinates with which to plot a different journey – exploration in the context of a globalised world.

In a radical shake up of the Biennale concept, the Second Riwaq Biennale will not have a central exhibition but will consist instead of a series of curated conversations and actions in an unprecedented assembly between local and internationally renowned architects, artists, conservationists, planners, curators and theorists. This decision to omit a showcase exhibition offers a startling strategy to challenge our perceptions and expectations of what a biennale can be. Through this absence the Second Riwaq Biennale locates itself within a space that questions the basis of knowledge formation and representation in the context of colonisation.

By taking a more thoughtful approach to Biennale culture, the Second Riwaq Biennale creates an opportunity to investigate the trappings of our visual, spatial and cultural codes as well as looking at ways of reconnecting isolated and walled Palestine with the international world. The participant’s journeys to Palestine become an important part of the overall concept of the Biennale, confronting visitors with the issues of social and territorial fragmentation caused by successive Israeli occupations, including the restrictions placed on movement, travel and international networking within the occupied territories.

By focusing on process, rather than end product, the Second Riwaq Biennale questions the role of culture and its practitioners in relation to their community and to the wider international artistic community. In this way it aims to create contacts and networking opportunities between Palestinian and international creative forces, leading to a series of related workshops, gatherings, projects, exhibitions and a symposium being organised throughout Palestine in 2007 and 2008. Developed out of the re -flexive dimension of inhabiting a situation rather than analysing it and commenting on it, this process will set in motion new culturally appropriate works creating platforms for future cultural engagements.

THE SECOND RIWAQ BIENNALE “in Palestine” is organized by Riwaq – Palestine in partnership with Birzeit University, UNESCO – Ramallah Office and Art School Palestine – London. Biennale official opening October 21st 2007 in Ramallah. – Palestine,

Pure Consciousness by On Kawara

Centre of Bethlehem

Curated by Jonathan Watkins
Organised by ArtSchool Palestine and Ikon Gallery

Have keenly experienced consciousness of myself today, at 81 years, exactly as I was conscious of myself at 5 or 6 years. Consciousness is motionless. And it is only because of its motionlessness that we are able to see the motion of that which we call time. If time passes it is necessary that there should be something which remains static. And it is consciousness of self which remains static.

Pure Consciousness is an ongoing series of installations by Japanese artist On Kawara. Consisting of seven “date paintings”, it takes place in kindergartens to become part of the furniture of classrooms for young children, located on walls that are often also filled with teaching aids, especially for elementary spelling and numbers, and drawings. There during term-time, simply coexisting with the pupils and teachers who get on with their lessons, the work is virtually inaccessible to anyone else due to practical considerations.