In the giant metropolis of Cairo, amongst the hustle and the bustle of the city's chaos, are a few art collectives that not only host a wide range of exhibits but are continually offering workshops, open forums and other opportunities for individuals to experience and be a part of the flourishing local art community.
Cairo 360 has mapped together a few fantastic opportunities for art workshops during September and October that might just compel you to pursue your creative side.
Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art: Townhouse currently offers the Sawy workshops every Friday, which are designed to provide a space of expression for various refugee groups in the city. From October 28th till the 30th, the 'Speak, Memory' International Symposium will take place. Running simultaneously with an exhibit and aiming to discuss the preservation of modern and contemporary art histories, the symposium will include London-based artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin as guest speakers, along with other international names. The project will provide an exciting opportunity to debate art preservation; so come with ideas in mind! Registration is limited; so make it quick: email@example.com .
Darb 17 18 Egyptian Contemporary Art and Culture Center: Darb 17 18 always serves up unique options for courses and workshops all year round, and this workshop is no exception. Taught by writer and performer Linda Cleary, an extended three-day creative writing course will be offered in a serene eco-lodge in Fayoum from September 24th till the 27th. Though it does come with a price tag of 1000LE, the price includes transportation and meals. For more information on reservations, email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Contemporary Image Collective: With a new venue and calendar in tow, the CIC has some affordable and exciting offerings scheduled for the coming months. An introductory photography course will take place every Monday and Wednesday from 6PM to 8:30PM between September 25th and November 14th. Taught by Alaa Eldin Abdel Naby, the beginner course costs 1200LE and will cover all the basics for photography amateurs. More advanced photographers will appreciate Thomas Hartwell’s Portraiture Course every Sunday and Tuesday from October 17th till November 9th for 900LE.
A new course on Interior Photography will be taught by Xenia Nikolskaya every Tuesday and Thursday from October 19th till November 18th for 1000LE. From 12PM till 6PM on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, a dark room is available for personal developing. All you need to provide is your own paper and chemicals. From October 3rd till the 13th from 6PM till 10PM, an intensive photojournalism workshop will be held, where artists, photojournalists and citizen journalists can share their expertise and tricks of the trade. For registration info, contact them at: email@example.com.
As always, stay in touch with Cairo 360 for all of the upcoming events and opportunities this crazy city of ours has to offer!