Arts Canteen is a place for stirring the arts. We curate events, exhibitions and festivals that support emerging artists from the Arab World and their diasporas in bringing their work to new audiences in the UK and beyond. We work with UK-based educational, non-profit, arts and outreach organisations to facilitate the exchange of art and ideas across social and geographical boundaries. Many artists from the Arab World face almost insurmountable difficulties in creating and displaying their work, and our projects provide a platform for them to gain exposure while also bringing enjoyable and enriching experiences to our audiences.

We are experienced in curating and producing events, exhibitions and festivals around the country. We are particularly eager to work in partnership with a wide range of organisations. Past partners have ranged from universities (Durham, Kent) to local arts organisations (Rich Mix, The Tabernacle and the Arab British Centre) and we have taken our projects from world-class music venues (Union Chapel) to local galleries (The Stone Space). We have also been commissioned to curate events and have served as a partner in major festivals such as the Nour Festival, Shubbak Festival, Eid on the Square (Mayor of London), The London African Music Festival as well as the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival. If you are interested in working with us, please get in touch.


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    Emma Townsend

    Projects Manager

    A graduate of Goldsmiths University of London, Emma Townsend started interning with Arts Canteen in 2016 after a summer spent…

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    Aser El Saqqa

    Founding director

    Aser El Saqqa is curator, founder and director of Arts Canteen, an arts organisation which aims to shine a spotlight…

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    Jose Ramon Caamaño

    Photographer

    Jose is a Spanish photographer specialised in live music photography. His photos have been featured in publications all across the UK…

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    Kelvin De Veth

    Projects Coordinator

    Kelvin is a recent graduate in Arts Management and interested in the digital aspects of art and culture. He has…

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    Camille Acosta

    Media & Communication

    Camille is a graphic designer as well as an arts and heritage manager who has worked in a variety of…

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