Dialogue: A Survey Exhibition of Arab and Jewish Women Artists in Israel runs from 17th April – 29th April 2020 at h Club, London, bringing together a selection of work from contemporary female artists in Israel who are enjoying international success via some of Israel’s most prominent art institutions and gallery spaces. It is a completely free of charge, non-ticketed event open to members and the public. (UPDATE – THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. CONTACT THE ORGANISERS FOR DETAILS).
The exhibition came from curator Ali Hillman’s BFAMI (British Friends of the Art Museums Israel) cultural tour of Israel, where she was struck by the diversity of the artists and their varying perspectives in a country that faces complex challenges. Israel’s art world embraces women from all backgrounds, exhibiting their work in museums across the region. On exhibition at the time there was a prevalence of female artists whose work will be displayed at h Club, including Fatma Shanan, Michal Raz, Tal Shochat, Zoya Cherkassky, Yael Frank, Natalia Zourabova, Maria Saleh Mahameed and Nirit Takele. Each of the exhibiting artists raises her unique voice, showcasing their creative interpretation of subjects such as identity, feminism, tradition, patriarchalism and religion.
The Art Museums of Israel support inclusive education programmes for children, bringing together multicultural groups taught in Arabic and Hebrew and even further languages such as Russian and Amharic. These programmes, supported by BFAMI are populated mainly by female art teachers, empowering communities, promoting coexistence and inclusiveness. This exhibition pays tribute to the role of art in bringing people together, inspiring unity, dialogue and a deeper understanding of another person’s experience or point of view.
A proportion of proceeds of sales from the exhibition will support multicultural educational programmes run by Art Museums in Israel, which teach groups in Arabic, Hebrew and other languages, supported by BFAMI. There is a private view on April 16th at 6pm.