Art, Creativity & Culture

  • How Sacred Geometry is embedded in your DNA

    "Geometric Art has fascinated me for a long time", says artist Dearing Wang, "in many ways and in this video I wanted to demonstrate how geometric form connects the different layers of our realities and I wanted to inspire you to reflect upon the connections that are demonstrated in this video."
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  • The Calligrapher

    In studio with world famous Calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya, who shares personal and touching insights into his work.

  • Islamic Art From the Mamluk Period

    "Amid the splendour of the Arab Hall at Leighton House in West London, two Christie’s specialists discuss a 14th-century Mamluk brass basin and an exquisite ceramic imitation made in 19th-century France.

    ‘This is from the high point of the Islamic period in Egypt, during which some of the most i...

  • The Art of Qu'ran Manuscripts

    Sara Plumbly, Head of Islamic & Indian Art at Christie’s London, discusses the breadth of Islamic calligraphy.

    For Muslims, the Qur’an constitutes the very word of God. As Sara Plumbly, Head of Islamic & Indian Art at Christie’s London, explains, the imperative to clearly and elegantly transcrib...

  • Soraya Syed: The Power of Words

    Soraya Syed is a classically trained calligrapher, artist and filmmaker of growing international renown. She continually works to push the boundaries of what is expected from this traditional art form. She takes the written word off the page into film, dance and VR and has worked with the likes o...

  • An Introduction To Islamic Art

    London’s V&A has one of the world’s finest collections of Islamic art from the Middle East. Among its 10,000 objects are the Ardabil Carpet made in 16th-century Iran, one of the largest and finest carpets in existence, and an exquisite rock crystal ewer from 11th-century Egypt. From the summer of...

  • Numina at the Barbican

    Zarah Hussain’s sculptural installation Numina was commissioned by the Barbican and installed in the Centre's foyers from 1 October 2016 - 25 January 2017.

    Blurring the boundaries between science and spirituality, Islamic geometry is traditionally drawn by hand with a ruler and pen, using mathe...

  • The Art of Seeing with Peter Sanders

    The Art of Seeing with Peter Sanders programs are designed to teach and instill the ability to tell a story through pictures. The best way to learn is from people who have mastered their craft. We want to create such an environment in different places in the world where everyone, from the beginne...

  • Kayaal Theatre Company: Theatre Without Walls

    We bring together artists and audiences of different faiths and secular affiliations to harness and mobilise the inclusive energy of shared story in order to connect hearts and foster greater intercultural and interfaith dialogue, understanding and engagement between Muslim communities and the wi...

  • The Architecture of Mud

    The Hadhramaut, south east of Yemen, is well known for its mud brick architecture. Throughout the centuries, the population has developed very sophisticated building techniques and created a unique architectural environment. Spectacular structures such as ten-story mud brick tower houses rise up ...

  • Art of Faith: Islam

    Looking back over the last 3000 years, the series provides an insight into how we have celebrated art through faith. With contributions from architects, scholars and worshippers, the films explain the buildings' genesis, laying down the brush strokes of the sites' design, whilst looking at the sh...

  • A Beginner's Guide to Andalusi Calligraphy

    This is the story of a calligraphic script that is almost extinct, yet which was once a crucial part of the most extraordinary cultural flourishing of the Middle Ages. We trace its journey from its origins in Madinah to its pinnacle in Al-Andalus, where we look at the rich context it evolved in. ...

  • Darat al-Funun, The House of Art

    A film about Darat al Funun, the Arab art hub in Amman, Jordan - narrated by the founder, Suha Shoman, and artists she has championed.

    Darat al Funun, Khalid Shoman Foundation, is a jewel in the Arab world. Overlooking the old city of Amman, Jordan, and built around the site of a Byzantine chur...

  • Sinan, A Divine Architect

    The 16th century architect Sinan is a Turkish cultural hero from the Ottoman era, but he is also the foremost architect in Islamic history.

  • Curves of Iran

    To the people asking: "Why do you want to go to Iran?", show them this video! The narration explains the whole thing: "Curves are everywhere in Eastern culture: our writing, our architecture, our instruments, the way we dance; even the tone of our language is curved. The West was built on angles....

  • From the Hand of Man

    A visually lyrical short documentary which explores the latest artistic project by traditional Indian craftsmen directed by Mitchell Abdul Karim Crites. The film captures the process of inlaying Arabic carving from lapis then highlighting it with gold-leaf, which when assembled together create in...

  • Hassan Massoudi: Calligrapher

    Interview with Hassan Massoudi, a renowned Iraqi calligrapher. He talks about his art, his experience of graffiti and artistic inspiration.

  • Fashionably Modest

    Nushmia Khan, a documentary film-maker, follows three Muslim women involved in the fashion industry: Dina Torkia, a YouTube star; Sadeel Allam, a successful blogger; and Maryam Basir, a bikini model. The result is a fascinating film, full of thoughtful opinions about faith, style, and the ways th...

  • The Art of Hajj

    A film by the Khalili Collection depicting the arts and crafts associated with the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

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  • Ghali, Patterns of Persia

    In the east northern part of Iran ina village named Dovidokh, all the women earn a living and support their families by knotting and weaving traditional Turkmen carpets with beautiful and colorful patterns.

  • Kashmiri Pashmina

    Pascha Brunello is a purveyor of finest quality clothing and accessories. It specializes in pashmina, cashmere and merino wool. The brand is deeply devoted to artisanry and technique and treasures the heritage and provenance of its product.

    The history of pashmina spans over centuries. Pashmina ...

  • A Day in the Life of the Kite Makers of Murad Khani

    In Murad Khani, the Old City of Kabul, the spring sunshine brings kite flyers out in their hundreds, and brightly coloured kites can be seen dotting the skyline. Here, the children of Murad Khani wait patiently for the first sign of spring.

  • A Day in the Life of an Istalifi Potter

    Follow a day in the life of master potter Abdul Matin. Abdul Matin was born in Istalif, a village nestled in the foothills of the Hindu Kush. For 400 years Istalif was famed for its turquoise ceramics, but in 1999 the village was razed to the ground by the Taliban. Abdul Matin was forced to bury ...

  • A Day in the Life of an Artisan Jeweller

    Meet Saeeda and Storai, two best friends and jewellers who studied together at the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul. Together, they create intricately handcrafted jewellery inspired by Afghan traditions.