We are very pleased and proud to announce that we won The Arab British Centre Award for Culture 2017, in the organisation category, alongside playwright Hannah Khalil (pictured above next to Aser El Saqqa, founding director of Arts Canteen) who won the individuals category.
The winners were announced at The Arab British Centre’s 40th anniversary reception at City Hall in front of over 250 guests, including Lord Owen, who inaugurated the Centre in 1977, and H.E. Sulaiman Almazroui, The Ambassador of the UAE.
A distinguished panel of judges selected the winners of the 2017 prize, from a shortlist of ten candidates. The panel included Sir Derek Plumbly KCMG, Chairman of The Arab British Centre, Venetia Porter, British Museum Curator of Islamic and Contemporary Art, Salma Tuqan, V&A Curator Contemporary Arab Art and Design, Carolyn Perry, Director MBI AL Jaber Foundation, British Council Acting Director Arts for the Middle East and North Africa, David Elliott, and previous award winner and playwright Hassan Abdulrazzaq.
We would also like to extend our thanks to all of our team, volunteers and interns who helped develop Arts Canteen into what it is today. A special thanks goes to all of you who attended our events throughout the years as well, we couldn’t have done it without your support and encouragement.