Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce its participation at the 2014 FotoFest Biennial to be held March 15 - April 27 in Houston, Texas U.S.A. The focus of the 2014 Biennial, 'View From the Inside' are four newly created exhibitions on Arab Video, Photography, and Mixed Media Art. The exhibitions present a diverse vision of Arab society and politics with works from fifty leading Arab artists of the Middle East and North Africa including acclaimed artists, Faisal Samra, Sadik Alfraji, Abdulnasser Gharem, Sama Alshaibi , Tammam Azzam and Ammar Al Beik .
Tammam Azzam will be participating in "The Grand Cypher: Hip Hop, Iran & Syria", a collective exhibition featuring artists, poets and musicians from Iran and Syria, from 24 April - 24 May at the Rush Arts Gallery, New York. According to curator Julie Ashcraft, art works were chosen for their intensity, magnetic beauty and frank content, all of these characteristics align with the innate spirit of hip-hop. The exhibition is unique in its combined presentation of visual art, poetry and music videos held within a single venue.
Iraqi-Palestinian artist Sama Alshaibi will be discussing the major themes of her work in an artist talk entitled, "Sand rushes in: The Desert, the Border, the Body in the Work of Sama Alshaibi" at The Center for Creative Photography, Arizona on 22 April 2014. The Center for Creative Photography is the largest institution in the world devoted to documenting the history of modern North American photography, holding archives of luminaries such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Harry Callahan.
Khaled Jarrar is participating in the exhibition 'Fragile Hands: a curatorial essay on state subjectivities' on view at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna from 12 March - 11 April, 2014. Works in the exhibition reference the film essays of Chris Marker, thematising political and social transformations accompanying imagined and real globalization. Jarrar participates alongside artists from India, Europe and the Middle East to query the hubris of global capitalism which often operates in the guise of democracy.
In collaboration with Doha Architecture Forum, Nadim Karam will be discussing his art and architecture at Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art - Education City, this Thursday, 10 April at 6.30pm. The event is open to the public.
Ayyam Gallery was featured on CNN’s 'Inside the Middle East', in a report on the movement of Syrian art and artists into the safe haven of Dubai.

Ayyam Gallery was awarded 'Best Art Space' at the Arabian Business Lifestyle awards gala held recently at the Montgomerie Golf Club, Dubai. This was the inaugural event for the annual awards ceremony.

Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce that artist Sama Alshaibi will be speaking at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas) on Saturday March 29th as part of the FotoFest 2014 Biennial Conference.
Walid El Masri will present new artworks at 'Cocoon' his solo exhibition at Europia Productions in Paris from 6-28 March.

Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Alserkal Avenue and DIFC) will be open Friday, 21 March Saturday, 22 March from 10am - 6pm.

Ayyam Gallery is pleased to present works by Samia Halaby, Safwan Dahoul, Nadim Karam, Sama Alshaibi and Athier on display at Art Dubai 2014. The carefully selected paintings, sculptures, photo and video works comment on themes highly relevant to Middle Eastern identity discourse and to the Middle East itself. Representing a range of countries from the region, the art works to be featured at the fair will give visitors insight into central debates within the Middle East as well as its diaspora.
Palestinian abstract expressionist painter Samia Halaby has been named amongst "The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women" by Arabian Business in March 2014. A long serving artist and professor, Halaby was born in Jerusalem in 1936 and is now based in the United States. Listed at #10, Halaby also has the distinction of being the first female art professor at the Yale School of Art in 1972.
Sama Alshaibi will be speaking about her work at the Contemporary Arab + Muslim Cultural Studies Institute's workshop 'On Representation' taking place 28 February from 2-5 pm at the University of North Texas. The workshop looks at how the Arab World is represented through exhibitions, scholarships and explorations of the self. Other speakers include curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, art historian Sarah Rogers and artist Sueraya Shaheen.
Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Al Quoz) is pleased to present an artist talk and book signing by legendary Palestinian painter Samia Halaby on Wednesday, 19 February at 7pm, coinciding with the opening of her first retrospective exhibition titled 'Samia Halaby, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation'. The monograph titled 'Samia Halaby, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation' is published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, and now available for sale at the gallery in Dubai and London.
From 6 March to 13 April, 2014, the Beirut Art Exhibition Centre is pleased to present, 'Biography of a Head', an exhibition of drawings, paintings and videos by renowned Iraqi artist, Sadik Alfraji.
The World show on Dubai Eye (103.8FM) hosted Hisham Samawi, auctioneer of The Young Collectors Auction, who gave insights about the sale taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, 21 January at Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Al Quoz).

Special weekend hours for the Young Collectors Auction preview. Ayyam Gallery Dubai (Al Quoz) will be open Friday, 17 January from 2-6pm and Saturday, 18 January from 10am - 6pm.

Sama Alshaibi's collaborative work with Dena Al-Adeeb will be part of The Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA)'s exhibition at Mana Contemporary entited 'Architecture of Memory', an exhibition of three distinct projects that utilize video, photography, and performance to address concerns surrounding memory, destruction, and commemoration.

In collaboration with Art Dubai, 'Alserkal Galleries Night' and 'Art Nights at Gate Village' takes place on Monday, March 17 featuring new exhibitions, accompanied by local musicians’ performances, live art, talks, screenings and openings across Dubai’s 40-plus galleries, located in the industrial quarter of Al Quoz and at Gate Village in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Ayyam Gallery, Dubai (Alserkal Avenue) will be closed 25-26 December, and 1-2 January. Ayyam Gallery, Dubai (DIFC) will be closed 25 December to 2 January.

Ayyam Gallery Beirut will be closed 24-25 December and from 29 December to 1 January. Happy holidays from the Ayyam family!

Ayyam Gallery London will be closed from 23 December to 1 January. Normal business hours will resume 2 January.

Listen to Eric Parnes on 'This Morning' show on Abu Dhabi Classic FM with Andrew Hoise, discussing his exhibition 'Custodian of Vacancy: The Iranian Embassy in the USA’ opening Monday, 16 December at Ayyam Gallery, DIFC.
Tammam Azzam discusses his exhibition 'I, The Syrian' with Rory Challands from Al Jazeera English.
Washington Post recently discussed the glory days of the closed Iranian Embassy in the USA with photographer Eric Parnes, who gives us an unprecedented look inside the Embassy as it stands today. View these rare photographs at Eric Parnes' upcoming exhibition 'Custodian of Vacancy: The Iranian Embassy in the USA', opening next Monday, 16 December at Ayyam Gallery, Dubai (DIFC).
The eighteenth sale of The Young Collectors returns on 21 January at Ayyam Gallery, Dubai. The Young Collectors Auction is the ideal setting for a foray into the world of art collecting with the majority of estimates well under $12,000 and many lots offered in the entry-level $3,000 to $5,000 range.This auction provides a unique experience and an unparalleled platform for the aspiring and seasoned collector alike.
Acclaimed artist Nadim Karam's new publication 'Stretching Thoughts' is now available for sale at Ayyam Gallery spaces in Beirut, Dubai and London. Published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, this latest monograph gives an introspective look at life, war, dreams and the human condition in the Middle East.
Nadim Karam will be giving a talk on his current exhibition '99 Objects Possible to Find on a Cloud' at Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue during QuozHappens, tomorrow, Saturday 23 November at 4pm. The artist will also be signing copies of his new book 'Stretching Thoughts'.
At the opening of the 15th Jakarta Biennale on November 9th, Khaled Jarrar will present his critically acclaimed live performance titled 'The Soldier 3600'.

Khaled Jarrar and Sama Alshaibi are participating at the upcoming Madrid Palestine Film Festival, which takes place from 22 November - 9 December.

Ayyam Gallery is pleased to return to Abu Dhabi Art 2013 featuring new and recent works by the artists Tammam Azzam, Safwan Dahoul , Abdulnasser Gharem, Nadim Karam, Afshin Pirhashemi, Thaier Helal and Faisal Samra. The artists are representative of a vanguard of contemporary artists from across the Gulf region, who are ushering in a new artistic language that addresses the current socio-political situations in their homelands of Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
Faisal Samra is participating in the group exhibition 'Silk Highway 21C' at Yallay Gallery, Hong Kong from 8 November – 7 December. This exhibition showcases a selection of works by 8 contemporary Arab artists featuring a selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations. Exhibiting artists include Halim Al Karim, Mahmud Al Obaidi, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Ali Chirri, Mohamed El Baz, Mounir Fatmi and Youssef Nabil. Curated by Brahim Alaoui, many works echo the artists’ cultural interferences, their evolving world and their creative potential. Their presence recalls trade along the ancient Silk Road that, since ancient times, has linked China and the Middle East and thereby fostered an intense movement of people, material and ideas.
Photographer and film maker, Ammar Al Beik's acclaimed short film, 'Sun's Incubator' will be featured at the 6th edition of Middle East: What Cinema Can Do, taking place at cinema art-house Les 3 Luxembourg, Paris.
Sama Alshaibi is participating in the exhibition 'Bringing The War Home' at the University of Southampton from 22 October – 22 November. 'Bringing the War Home' is an Impressions Gallery touring exhibition, curated by Pippa Oldfield. Challenging the conventions of traditional war photography, this international exhibition draws together powerful photographic responses that connect both directly and indirectly with conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. Other featured artists include Farhad Ahrarnia, Lisa Barnard, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Edmund Clark, Kay May, Asef Ali Mohammad and Christopher Sims.
Abdulnasser Gharem was recently featured in the Financial Times. Gareth Harris writes about 'Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem’s unusual double life'. Click external link to read full article.
Ayyam Gallery and Jusoor raised over USD 600,000 from 15 lots auctioned last night in London. All funds support Jusoor's education programs and initiatives for Syrian children. We would like to extend thanks and appreciation to all bidders.
Ayyam Gallery will be drawing attention towards the plight of educating Syria’s youth by partnering with Jusoor to hold an art auction aimed at raising funds for the charity’s admirable initiatives. The event includes a charity art auction and gala dinner on Saturday, October 19 at The Royal Automotive Club in London. All proceeds will go towards Jusoor’s educational programming for Syria’s youth, which includes a refugee educational programme in Lebanon and a university scholarship programme. Ayyam Gallery’s co-founder Khaled Samawi will serve as the evening’s auctioneer, bringing works by leading artists from the gallery’s roster to the auction block for this notable cause. Syrian artists Ammar Al Beik, Ammar Abd Rabbo, Asaad Arabi, Tammam Azzam, Safwan Dahoul, Thaier Helal, Elias Izoli and Othman Moussa have all contributed works to the auction in aid of their native country, and are joined by artists of other nationalities inspired to aid their neighbouring country such as Lara Zankoul, Mohamad Badr, Shurooq Amin, Samia Halaby, Oussama Diab, Walid El Masri and Khaled Jarrar.
Tammam Azzam will be featured in 'Interruption', The 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia, which will run from September 14 through November 24. Curated by Deborah Cullen, the showcase considers how printerly processes touch many types of contemporary art.
Khaled Jarrar is participating in the exhibition 'SubRosa: The Language of Resistance' at the University of Southern Florida Contemporary Art Museum from 26 August – 7 December. Curated by Noel Smith, 'SubRosa' examines the language of art across continents and cultures in response to social, political, and environmental repression. Sometimes covertly and dangerously, the artists in 'SubRosa' share a desire to question dominant political systems and the cultural status quo. Other featured artists include include Ai Weiwei, Ramón Esono Ebalé, Barbad Golshiri, Zanele Muholi, and José Toirac and Meira Marrero.
Sadik Alfraji, Sama Alshaibi, and Abdulnasser Gharem are participating in the first ever art festival broadcast exclusively on TV and live online. The ikono On Air Festival runs from 6 - 29 September. Sadik Alfraji, Sama Alshaibi, and Abdulnasser Gharem each present a number of video works throughout the festival, alongside other world renowned artists including: Brian Eno, Olafur Eliasson, Alfredo Jaar and Bill Viola. The festival calls on the talents of a team of internationally respected curators, Albertine de Galbert, Nadine Gandy, Omar Kholeif, Peter Weibel, Till Fellrath & Sam Bardaouil.
On 26 July 2013 an exclusive Suhour, presented by GOSSIP Desserts, raised a total of AED 163,530 through donations and a silent auction of artworks courtesy of Ayyam Gallery. Proceeds of this event benefit ‘The Big Heart Campaign for Syrian Refugee Children,’ a charitable organization launched by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children and the wife of the Ruler of Sharjah.
Hisham Samawi speaking with BBC World News on the emergence of Alserkal Avenue and Dubai becoming a safe haven for artists in the region.
Ayyam Gallery Dubai (DIFC) and Jeddah will remain closed during Ramadan and will only be open for private appointments. Please contact us at info@ayyamgallery.com to arrange. Dubai (Al Quoz) will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm (Sunday - Thursday). Beirut will be open from 11am to 4pm (Monday - Friday) during Ramadan. Ayyam Gallery London will be closed throughout August. All other spaces will reopen with new exhibitions in early September after the Eid holidays. Ayyam Gallery wishes you Ramadan Kareem!
Ayyam Gallery is delighted to announce the participation of Ammar Abd Rabbo in the group show the sea is my land. Artists from the Mediterranean at the MAXXI (the National Museum of the Arts of the 21st century) in Rome from 4 July - 29 September 2013.
Khaled Jarrar's acclaimed film 'Infiltrators' will be showcased at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. This documentary follows the efforts by various Palestinians to cross the seven meter high wall that separates the Palestinian territories from Israel. Using a raw, observational style that makes no comment on the action, the film generates an overwhelming feeling of immediacy and urgency, involving the viewer in each successive attempt. Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place from 19-30 June 2013.
'Silsila' (Arabic for 'chain' or 'link') is a site specific, video installation work that depicts Alshaibi’s three-year cyclic journey through the significant deserts and endangered water sources of the Middle East and North African region and across to the bountiful waters of the Maldives.
Ayyam Projects is pleased to announce the 3 winners of KUNOOZ , its first Pan-GCC Shabab Ayyam New Media Competition. Having received over 100 entries, submissions were carefully judged on their creativity, concept and originality. The competition was open to residents or citizens of the GCC of Arabic origin, this competition provides an unprecedented opportunity for emerging artists born in 1975 or after who have not yet held a solo exhibition and are not yet represented by a gallery.
As part of our mission to promote Middle Eastern art to a wider audience, Ayyam Projects is supporting the group exhibition "RHIZOMA" (Generation in Waiting) during Venice Biennale, organized by the Edge of Arabia, curated by art critic and independent curator, Sara Raza, and Saudi-based poet, curator and artist, Ashraf Fayadh. "RHIZOMA" embraces visual art alongside technology, science and natural philosophy.
As Ayyam Gallery’s philanthropic arm, Ayyam Projects supports and enables the further development and promotion of Middle Eastern art through a variety of funding initiatives. Ayyam Projects focuses on supporting charities, not-for-profit organisations and in some cases, individual artists working in the region. Each year, Ayyam Projects selects a number of projects to work with, either on an on-going or project-by-project basis.
Khaled Jarrar's award winning film 'Infiltrators' will be screened at London's Barbican on May 9 at 8.15 pm. Infiltrators is a uniquely visceral 'road movie' documenting the daily travails of Palestinians of all backgrounds as they seek routes through, under, around, and over a bewildering matrix of barriers. Following this high stakes 'game' of cat-and-mouse with a hand-held video camera, Khaled Jarrar’s debut doc was the stand-out success at last year’s Dubai Film Festival, deservedly winning the Muhr Arab Documentary Prize, the Special Jury Prize, and the International Critics Prize. This special screening is in advance of the film’s official UK Premiere at this summer’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The opening of 'Repetitive Dreams' will include a discussion between the artist and his long time friend and collaborator, Khaled Samawi (founder of Ayyam Gallery), a book signing of his 2009 monograph, and a special previous of monumentally-sized paintings and prints from his first UK solo exhibition: Repetitive Dreams opening on 9th May at Ayyam Gallery London.
Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet in Berlin will present 'Amen - Have a Bit of Commitment' by Abdulnasser Gharem on 25 April. In association with Edge of Arabia, this exhibition features Gharem's remarkable artworks and installations, with proceeds going towards the Amen Art Foundation for Rhizoma (A Generation In Waiting), an art foundation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
We are proud to announce that the Los Angeles Country Museum of Arts (LACMA) has recently acquired four photographs by Ayyam Gallery artists Ammar Al Beik and three works on paper by Assad Arabi. Khaled Samawi, founder of Ayyam Gallery commented: "We are pleased that our artists and those of the wider Middle Eastern region are gaining the international acclaim and recognition they deserve."
Premiering in the UAE at Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz on 18 March 2013 is Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji’s film, Godot to Come Yesterday (2013). At the core of his work, Alfraji is intrigued by the idea that as an inherent part of our existence, humans are endlessly waiting for something meaningless and futile, an interest evident in his new video work that presents a reconstructed vision of Samuel Beckett’s famous absurdist play, Waiting for Godot (1952).
In partnership with Institut du Monde Arabe and to commemorate its 25th anniversary, '25 Years of Arab Creativity' exhibition comes to Abu Dhabi from March 5 - 31.

Khaled Jarrar, one of the newest artists to join Ayyam Gallery, is showcasing a show solo at renowned European gallery, Guy Bartschli.

Shurooq Amin's work discussed in the Financial Times

Ayyam Gallery Jeddah launched last night with a solo exhibition of works by Mohannad Orabi entitled Profile Portraits. Around 500 people attended the launch, which was the highlight of the first ever Jeddah Art Week, a ground-breaking series of arts events and cultural activities in Saudi Arabia.
Kunooz, Ayyam Gallery's first Pan-GCC Shabab Ayyam New Media Competition is open to residents or citizens of the GCC of Arabic origin. This competition provides an unprecedented opportunity for emerging artists born in 1975 or later who have not yet held a solo exhibition and are not yet represented by a gallery to vie for the First Prize of a traveling solo exhibition to be held at Ayyam Gallery Jeddah, Beirut and Dubai.
Ayyam Gallery, London is pleased to invited you to a talk and discussion between acclaimed Lebanese artist and architect Nadim Karam and architect and designer Edwin Heathcote at Ayyam Gallery, London on February 20,2013 at 6:30PM.

One Stop Arts reviews Ayyam Gallery London's current show 'Shooting the Cloud' by Nadim Karam.

A new photographic work 'Freedom Graffiti' created by Ayyam Gallery artist Tammam Azzam has captured the imaginations of the world, going viral and causing a global media frenzy. The Syrian artist has superimposed Gustav Klimt’s iconic work, The Kiss (1907 - 1908), over the walls of a war-torn building in his native country in a powerful juxtaposition of beauty and devastation. The image has been ‘liked’ by over 20,000 people and shared 14,000 times in only 5 hours.

Jadaliyya features Samia Halaby's article on her painting 'Homage to Leonardo' and its tribute to Leonardo's 'Last Supper'.

Over 700 people attended the recent opening of Art Dubai 2013 exhibitor Ayyam Gallery’s London outpost. Art Dubai Blog shares the before and after.

A new photographic work created by Ayyam Gallery artist Tammam Azzam has captured the imaginations of the world, going viral and being shared across social media as a symbol of the power of love and human spirit in times of war. The Syrian artist has superimposed Gustav Klimt’s iconic work, The Kiss (1907 – 1908), over the walls of a war-torn building in his native country in a powerful juxtaposition of beauty and devastation. The image has been ‘liked’ by over 20,000 people and shared 14,000 times in only 5 hours. The new work follows on from Azzam’s recent series Syrian Museum, which was exhibited at Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz, Dubai, 2 months ago, Dec 2012. Azzam merges instantly recognisable masterpieces into images from Syria’s war zones, working in various digital mediums to address the ongoing political and social upheaval in Syria, and the cycles of violence and destruction tearing his country apart.

On today’s show an in-depth interview with Lebanese sculptor, painter and architect Nadim Karam. Ayyam Gallery, who host this solo show, also get a word in about this inaugural exhibition by Karam, an artist whose work you have likely seen here in London, as it occupies an outdoor space by Notting Hill tube entrance. But how does his work fair indoors? The visual language and forms that Karam has developed over the years play with public space, motion, mirrored light and colour both within and without the work. This current London solo show Shooting the Cloud unusually for him, features mostly paintings, the ideas behind which Karam explains eruditely in this interview. The exhibition launches a new gallery for Middle Eastern art here in London, The Ayyam Gallery in New Bond Street is part of a series of galleries run by cousins Khaled and Hisham Samawi who began Ayyam in Damascus, Syria where there was no contemporary art scene at the time. Next stop for Ayyam: Jeddah, Saudi! Broadcasts Friday 1st Feb 7.30-8pm repeats Wednesday 1.30-2pm on 104.4FM in London or http://www.resonancefm.com/listen elsewhere

Ayyam Gallery London's inaugural exhibition 'Shooting the Cloud' by Nadim Karam is featured on EuroNews.

For its seventh year at Art Dubai, Ayyam Gallery is pleased to present a diverse selection of painting, sculpture and installation from prominent artists such as Nadim Karam, Khaled Jarrar, Ammar Al Beik, Mehdi Nabavi, Oussama Diab and Mouteea Murad to highlight some of the major innovations and trends that have come to define visual culture within the region.

Ayyam Gallery Jeddah is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Syrian artist, Mohannad Orabi from 28 February - 11 April 2013. The exhibition will inaugurate the gallery’s first location in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and will present new works by this important contemporary Middle-Eastern artist.

Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz is pleased to announce a special artist-led tour on 29 January 2013 of Syrian artist and filmmaker Ammar Al Beik’s current exhibition, 'Boya Boya Boya' (continues until 22 February). This will be followed by a screening of Al Beik’s film 'Aspirin and a Bullet', which has only previously been screened at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2011.

Listen to Nadim Karam's interview on the Strand with Samira Ahmed.
On January 24, 2013, Ayyam Gallery London made its long-awaited London debut, opening to an international crowd of over seven-hundred people eager to witness the gallery’s expansion into Europe. A queue extending along New Bond Street from Ayyam Gallery’s premises at No. 143, was a visible demonstration of the excitement currently surrounding the thriving Middle- Eastern art scene, and of the work of Ayyam co-founders Hisham and Khaled Samawi.

On behalf of the Ayyam Gallery family, we would like to wish you and your loved ones happy holidays and prosperous New Year!

Khaled Takreti was named 101 greatest artists living in France by contemporary French magazine Art Absolument in its 10 year review.

Ayyam Gallery's photographer and film maker, Ammar Al Beik will be returning to the 9th Dubai International Film Festival with his latest film 'Swings'.

Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce the expansion of its international activities with the launch of two new galleries in London and Jeddah in early 2013. The curatorial programme of both galleries will reflect that of Ayyam Gallery’s existing locations in Damascus, Beirut and Dubai, showcasing established and emerging Middle Eastern artists with the aim of bringing the art of this significant region to a wider audience.

Sadik Alfraji was recently named Artist of the Year at the Esquire Middle East Awards ceremony.

Ayyam Gallery, Damascus is hosting several of its artists in its residency program over the next few months. Artists in the program include Mohannad Orabi, Kais Salman, Mouteea Murad, Omran Younes among others who will all be working live via video steam for everyone to see.
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2011Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce the Shabab Ayyam Photography Competition, an unprecedented initiative that will provide further support for new artistic talent in the Middle East. As a continuation of its groundbreaking Shabab Ayyam Project, an incubator program that has had catapulted the careers of nearly a dozen young painters since 2007, the Shabab Ayyam Photography Competition will serve as a platform for aspiring artists who demonstrate the beginnings of promising professional careers.

Ayyam Gallery's Safwan Dahoul, Nadim Karam and Sadik Alfraji are featured in the exhibition, '25 Years of Arab Creativity’, at Paris's Institut du Monde Arabe from October 16 until February 3.

Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Art Fair. Having participated since its inception, Ayyam Gallery returns once more for the fourth edition of the Abu Dhabi Art Fair and will showcase the classically abstract works of Palestinian artist Samia Halaby and the exceptional figural paintings of Iranian artist Afshin Pirhashemi and Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji alongside the compelling conceptual installation pieces of Saudi artist Qaswra Hafez, Lebanese artist Pierre Koukjian and Iranian artist Mehdi Nabavi.

Ayyam Gallery's Sadik Alfraji will be featured alongside thirty artists from the Middle East in the exhibition, 'Arab Express’, at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo from June 16 until October 28.

Nadim Karam is one of the twenty artists taking part in the collective exhibition, ‘Art is the answer!’, at Boghossian Foundation's Villa Empain in Brussels.

Watch the video of artist Nadim Karam's collaboration with Louis Vuitton, where he conducted a workshop with Dubai school children to create 'The Travelling Elephant' which was displayed at the Louis Vuitton store in Dubai.

Ayyam Gallery's multidisciplinary artist, Nadim Karam will speaking at the panel discussion 'Public Art Tomorrow: The Practitioners viewpoints' at IMAGINATION 3, Suitable Cultural Institutions symposium in Beirut on February 16 from 7-8PM.

Click Here to Watch VideoWar, philosophy, culture, change and alienation have contributed to shaping Iraqi artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji both as a creator of art and human being. Alfraji discusses the context and meaning behind his most recent work, The House That My Father Built, and the deep, emotional force it releases. Examples of his very early graphic work, more recent print work, and video clips and images of his family, city and war help put art and design into both global and intimately personal contexts.Speaker bioBorn in Baghdad in 1960, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji studied at the Institute of Fine Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Iraq. In 2000, he earned a high diploma in graphic design from the CHK Constantijn Huygens in the Netherlands, where he is now based. Having participated in countless exhibitions in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States since the 1980s, he has work housed in the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art in Iraq, the National Gallery of Fine Arts, the Shoman Foundation in Jordan, the Novosibirsk State Art Museum in Russia and the Cluj-Napoca Art Museum in Romania. Recently, he was commissioned to produce new work for Told/Untold/Retold, one of the inaugural exhibitions of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar. His pursuit of art as a profession began in the 1980s in Baghdad. Much of his work explores the expressionistic intensity of the graphic, and focuses on the ideas and concepts of human existence. A visual artist, print maker and designer, Alfraji has often blended art and philosophy as a means of expanding the formulistic and conceptual boundaries of his aesthetic. His haunting mixed media compositions explore a variety of themes, including everything from the universal human condition to experiences of exile and fragmentation.

The Mead Art Museum established in 1821 is part of Amherst College, Massachusetts. Recently one of Samia Halaby's paintings, donated by collectors Anne and Jack Thompson in 1972, was put on permanent display in the museum's galleries devoted to contemporary art. In conjunction with this, Samia has been invited by Randall Griffey, Curator of American Art, to present a lecture about her work. This will take place on February 16, 2012, at 4 p.m.

Ayyam Gallery is proud to announce that the films “Aspirin and a Bullet” and “The Sun’s Incubator” (Hadinat Al Shams), by Director and Filmmaker Ammar Al-Beik will be presented for the first time in four upcoming screenings at the Mall of the Emirates. “Aspirin and a bullet” is the first full length feature film created by Al Beik. Here are the timings for the films. We recommend you all get your tickets as soon as possible before they sell out:(1) “Aspirin and Bullet”, Mall of Emirates, Cinema 5: Sunday, December 11 2011, 09:45PM; (2) “Aspirin and Bullet”, Mall of Emirates, Cinema 11 : Tuesday, December 13 2011, 09:00PM; (3) “The Sun’s Incubator”(Hadinat Al Shams), Mall of Emirates, Cinema 8: Sunday, December 11 2011, 07:30PM;(4) “The Sun’s Incubator”(Hadinat Al Shams), Mall of Emirates, Cinema 4: Tuesday, December 13 2011, 03:00PM.More information on Suns IncubatorMore information on Aspirin and a Bullet

The winners of the Shabab Ayyam Photography Competition are:1st Ad Achkar2nd Lara Attalah3rd Shyrine Haddad4th Lara Zankoul5th Mohamad Badr.Congratulations to them and all the artists who participated as this truly was an incredible exhibition.

16 September - 30 October 2011Sotheby's will once again bring contemporary sculpture to the relaxed setting of the historic garden. Discover work by a diverse range of artists. Sotheby's Beyond Limits is now firmly established as one of the leading events in the artistic calendar.Works by more than 20 leading artists from around the world, including René Magritte, Nadim Karam, Takashi Murakami, William Turnbull, Marc Quinn, Ju Ming, Jaume Plensa and Barry Flanagan, will be on display with many showing in the UK for the first time.Some sculptures reach up to five metres in height and all are available for sale to collectors through Sotheby's.Click here for more information

We are pleased to announce the 15 finalists of the Shabab Ayyam Photography Competition. The competition received over 150 submissions and we would like to thank everyone who sent us their proposals.

Ayyam Gallery has donated several artworks for the 'Art4Sight' auction organized by Noor Dubai Foundation. The charity auction will feature artworks from Mohannad Orabi, Walid El Masri, Thaier Helal, Tammam Azzam and Asma Fayoumi.

Ayyam Gallery (DIFC) coincided its Mouteea Murad opening at the relaunch of Art Nights @ Gate Village on May 2. The series of events aimed at celebrating different elements of art, music, film and design saw a great turnout. The evening featured different exhibition receptions at the Gate Village galleries, live outdoor music performances, and an exclusive dinner giveaway. The monthly event will return to the DIFC Gate Village after the summer.

Ayyam Gallery artist Nadim Karam was recently invited to conduct a workshop with Dubai school children at the reopening of the city’s Louis Vuitton outpost. The Travelling Elephant, a large painting that is the result of a collective effort between Karam and a dozen young participants will be on view in the luxury brand’s Mall of the Emirates location for three months, after which it will be donated to START, a non-profit arts organization that reaches out to impoverished and special needs children across the region and is a joint project of ArtDubai and Al Madad Foundation.

Event: “Safwan Dahoul Live from Ayyam Gallery Damascus” on www.ayyamgallery.com Launch Date: January 24, 2011 Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of “Safwan Dahoul Live from Ayyam Gallery Damascus,” a new video stream that will broadcast (and document) the prominent Syrian painter’s current artist residency. Available through ayyamgallery.com, this live stream will provide unique access to one of the Middle East’s most prominent contemporary artists as he completes three large-scale works, one of which will premiere at this year’s installment of Art Dubai in March.Click Here For Live Video Feed

Ayyam Gallery’s diverse selection of painting and sculpture for this year’s Art Dubai represents a wide spectrum of contemporary Arab art with significant examples by Mustafa Ali, Nadim Karam, Samia Halaby and Safwan Dahoul, underscoring some of the major innovations and trends that have come to define regional visual culture.

From February 1 until March 31, the Ayyam Art Center in Dubai will proudly present “Selections from the Samawi Collection,” a large-scale exhibition that will feature several periods of Arab art through three distinct curatorial themes. By identifying particular threads amidst three-dozen seminal works, this museum-quality show will provide unique insight into one of the region’s most significant collections of international art, demonstrating the ways in which the Middle East has increasingly obtained global leverage with a broadening scope of patronage.Beginning with works that boldly explore pertinent sociopolitical issues, “Then What?” draws its title from a 1965 painting by Syrian modernist Louay Kayyali. The last surviving canvas from the artist’s most revered series, the large, nearly monochromatic painting speaks of the plight of Palestinians in the post-Nakba Arab world with an astounding sense of foreboding. With the monumental work as a point of departure, the exhibition is divided into two periods, from 1960- 2000 and from 2001 to 2010, bringing together several groundbreaking artists, including Naeem Ismail, Assad Arabi and Safwan Dahoul while simultaneously drawing attention to the longstanding tradition of committed art in the region with examples by budding talent such as Oussama Diab.

Khaled Takreti is part of a collection exhibition called "Told, Untold, Retold" at the Mathaf Museum in Doha, Qatar. "Told/Untold/Retold", curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, co-founders of Art Reoriented brings together twenty-three artists with twenty-three commissioned works that mark a significant departure, a new way of looking at both art and the world. It is the first and largest exhibition of contemporary art on this scale within a museum context in the history of the Arab world. In a world where everything is in motion, artists are not confined within rigid cultural identities based on the traditional geography. The exhibition invites you to look at artists, not as national representatives but as 'transmodern' artists in consistent metamorphosis. "Told/Untold/Retold" seeks simply to let the artists speak, free of stereotypes or contrived connections.The exhibition opens to the public on December 30th and runs until the end of May.

Ayyam Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its new location in the DIFC district of Dubai alongside the revamping of its Al Quoz branch into Ayyam Art Center (AAC), a multifaceted venue that will host regional and international large-scale exhibitions, installations, film screenings, a permanent collection and Ayyam Auctions. AAC will also have a special emphasis on video art and conceptual and installation work. Over the course of four years, Ayyam Gallery has invested in long-term initiatives that have expanded the boundaries of local culture while engaging global audiences. These latest developments will build upon its reputation for high-caliber art shows and groundbreaking proposals, which include an impressive publishing house, a highly successful auctions branch and a widely respected program for fostering young talent. With 10,000 sq feet of exhibition space, AAC is expected to become one of the Gulf’s premier art venues, as it will allow for the hosting of a variety of events while creating a vibrant new space that aims to represent the many sides of regional art and the diverse community of art aficionados that supports it.

Is the recently 'flourishing' Syrian art scene a bubble of money and fame? Or are we witnessing the coining of a genuine Young Syrian Artists Movement? By Ruba Saqr and Hamzeh Abu-FakherClick Here to See Article

Contemporary Middle EastBy BROOKE ANDERSON and DON DUNCAN Amid the abandoned real-estate projects, bailout plans and downsized dreams of Dubai, an art market is flourishing.Click Here to See ArticleClick Here to See Video

We are pleased to inform you that Nadim Karam will be presenting a lecture entitled "The Fisherman and the Cloud" at The Cooper Union, New York City on April 9th. The lecture will consist mainly of urban art projects by Nadim Karam and Hapsitus in different cities of the world, with special emphasis on The Cloud Project for Dubai and the art installation "The Fisherman and the Cloud" which is to be exhibited at the Katzen Arts Center. Let's walk on a cloud.Download PDF

The Daily StarA dream halfway between a happening and a situationNadim Karam discusses his latest sculpture, part of a show of Lebanese artists in Washington DC

Here is a photograph taken of Samia Halaby during her recent panel discussion in Abu Dhabi

Setting up an art collection by buying an original work by one of the greatest names of 20th-century art might seem little more than a dream for most art-lovers. Yet it is possible: just think prints, rather than paintings.Click here to download full article

Date: Sunday, January 24Time: 5:30 to 7:30Location: Gallery One at Emirates Palace Hotel, United Arab EmiratesPanelists: Ibtisam Abdulaziz, Adam Hanein, Kamal Boullata, Samia HalabyModerator: Dr. Nasser Rabbat

Ayyam Gallery will be featured in a documentary produced by the United Arab Emirates National Media Council. This documentary is being prepared for the Shanghai 2010 Expo where the UAE will have its own pavilion.

Ayyam Gallery artists featured: Safwan Dahoul, Samia Halaby, Assad Arabi, Thaier Helal, Abdullah Murad and Moustafa Fathi Click here to view e-catalog Click here to bid

Ayyam Gallery is proud to announce that the film "Samia" by Director and Filmmaker Ammar Al-Beik has been selected to participate at The New Asian Currents Program at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2009 in Japan from 8-15 October 2009.At the end of the Film Festival, a jury will select and announce the Ogawa Shinsuke Prize and Awards of Excellence in the awards-closing ceremony.http://www.yidff.jp/2009/2009-e.html

Ayyam Gallery has been named winner of Best Gallery at the Best in Dubai Awards 2009.

May 30th marks the one year anniversary of Ayyam Gallery's opening in Dubai. What a year it has been... We'd like to thank everyone for their support and we look forward to many more years of great shows and events. Watch this space!

Ayyam Gallery will open its 3rd location this fall in Beirut. The 500 square meter gallery is located at the base of the newy built Beirut Tower which in one of the most prominent areas in Beirut A short walk from Solidaire directly across from the new Marina, Ayyam Gallery is a great addition to Ayyam Gallery.