Artrole CE judges Rise Art competition

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Events

Artrole CEO Adalet Garmiany has acted as regional judge (Middle East and Africa) for the 2018 Rise Art Prize.

Kurdish TV publicity


Posted by on Apr 14, 2018 in Events

ArtRole Is Nominating three artists from Middle East for the fifth edition of the Jameel Prize,en, an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition established by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in collaboration with Art Jameel. The work will be on show from June 28th – November 20th 2018.


The V&A has announced the shortlist for Jameel Prize 5. Eight finalists have been shortlisted for the £25,000 prize, which is awarded every two years, they are:

Kamrooz Aram, Hayv Kahraman, Hala Kaiksow, Mehdi Moutashar, naqsh collective, Younes Rahmoun, Wardha Shabbir and Marina Tabassum.

The judging panel is Chaired by V&A Director Tristram Hunt who had this to say –
“The Jameel Prize continues to gain momentum.
This – the fifth edition of the Prize – has attracted nearly 400 nominations from around the world, and for the first time, the shortlist features work from Bangladesh, Bahrain
and Jordan. This year’s outstanding shortlist displays real diversity; the judges found beauty, spirituality, complexity, humour and humanity. The V&A is delighted to continue its partnership with Art Jameel in recognition of the extraordinary contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic tradition.”

“The shortlisted artists for Jameel Prize 5 represent an array of amazing talents, who are engaged in diverse practices in art and design, that are conceptually-oriented and in sync with latest discourse of contemporary art, yet rooted in discrete ways to their own cultures and multiple identities. Jameel Prize 5 expands our horizons of what modernity and contemporaneity truly mean, and enriches our understanding of a truly globalised art world beyond its current confines”.

ArtRole CE contributes to book

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Events

ArtRole Chief Executive Adalet R Garmiany has contributed to a Book Titled “Future Imperfect: Cultural Institutions and Contemporary Art Practices in the Middle East” (New York and London: IB Tauris). Edited by Anthony Downey

Adalet contributed an essay on contemporary cultural institutions in Iraq, and his experience working over a decade as Chief Executive and Founder of ArtRole in relation to cultural production and the value of cultural exchange, particularly within the Middle East, and the focus on social change through art. The book considers how practice is encouraged through institutions and how, in turn, practice influences institutions.

ArtRole / Yorkshire Sculpture Park exhibition

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Events
ArtRole and Yorkshire Sculpture Park in collaboration are delighted to announce an “Exhibition from Iraq” at YSP, United Kingdom, November 2016.
The exhibition will feature work made during the last two years in Iraq and is hoped to share not only the realities of the current situation but also the tenacity, resilience, hope , optimisim and creativity of people from the region despite their circumstances.The exhibition can include any artworks that can be digitally shared such as photographs and films. Proposals in other art forms such as installation or performance will be considered if they can be simply created remotely and with clear instructions.


Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Events

ArtRole: Adalet R. Garmiany, ArtRole CEO exhibited work in a solo exhibition of Painting & Sculpture at the Sardam Gallery, Sulaymania City, Iraqi Kurdistan.



Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Events

ArtRole Has nominated six artists from the Middle East & Europe for the Seventh Artes Mundi Prize, The UK’s leading International Art Prize, based in Wales 2015.

Nominated artists:

1. Bahram Hajou – Germany
2. Jamal Penjweny – Iraqi Kurdistan
3. Awder Osman – Iraqi Kurdistan
4. Ali raza Garmiany – Ierland
5. Justine Blau – Luxembourg
6. Haure Madjid – German

Charity art auction.

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Events

An art auction to Help the displaced in Iraq was held in Erbil, Iraq – November 21, 2014.










ArtRole to partner to FGAP 2014

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Events

ArtRole is pleased to announce that it will be a Middle East partner for the Future Generation Arts Prize 2014.

Info: FGAP 2014 website

The Future Generation Art Prize established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and
implemented by the PinchukArtCentre is a worldwide contemporary art prize to
discover, recognize and give long‐term support to a future generation of artists. The
Prize is a major contribution to the open participation of young artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.


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NINITI International Literature Festival in Erbil, Iraq (April 22-24)

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Events




NILF will include practical workshops focusing on poetry and prose (with particular emphasis on the short story form). The workshops will be led by authors participating in the festival.

Application form for workshops:
(pdf downloads – please email completed form to




Festival Programme:




Press Release




Save Your Environment: 6th December 2013

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Events

ArtRole in collaboration with Goethe Institut of Irak is developing an exchange art project Save Your Environment, between Germany and Iraqi Kurdistan – an environmental project for public awareness. Six German and Kurdish Iraqi designers work has been selected.