Visiting Programme
14 – 27 Nov 2018

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in Events
The Visiting Programme aims to present artwork created by artist and workers as part of the occasion of the international days of activism for ending violence against women which will start the official opening day on 25th November and end on 10th December. Friederike Ruff the visiting artist will present the artwork made at the Carpet factory along side presentation talking about her experiences being in Kurdistan Region for the first time, expressing her real feeling and thought working with the Kurdish female workers. Friederike also using the opportunity to talk about her work in Germany as well as internationally, this will open up opportunity for her to connect with art scene in the city.

Part of the programme Friederike will meet with local artists and arts students in the region. She will travel out of Erbil city to visit textile museums and carpet factories as well as she will visit other cities in the Kurdish region of Iraq. This project will create an opportunity for further future collaboration between both countries.

Artist Background:

Friederike Ruff, a visual artist in the field of painting, collage and textile art. born 1980 in Weingarten lives and works in Berlin since 2007. Education: 2000 Fachhochschule für Design, Münster 2004 Universidad de Complutense, Madrid, 2001 – 2006 Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart. Friederike Ruff travels a lot, in recent years mainly to the Middle East and the Caucasus, bringing impressions and things – at last patterns, fabrics and ornaments – that she uses in her collages. “I’m interested in topics, looking for the materials. And I’m from the collage. I disassemble things and rebuild them. It’s also a way of life, “explains Ruff, born in 1980, who studied in Munich, Stuttgart and Madrid.


Her art is not limited to images, but also includes objects; two are shown at Grölle. “Asasel”, a 50-centimeter-high figure of goat standing on a piece of broken glass wrapped in gray cloth on which Ruff embroidered swear words in 30 languages with red thread. The sculpture is reminiscent of the Hebrew ritual of the scapegoat – a tradition of up-to-the-minute reference. Opposite the “victim” stands a child mannequin a few meters away, with a red helmet, anonymous and armed, and a red suit with a wide open mouth and teeth. “That’s the culprit, the infantile aggressor, that’s why the baby doll. The teeth are weapons and symbols of strength.


This event unites national and international female artists, activists, workers and academics to discuss how art and culture can address the particular issues of women in Iraq using presentations, workshops, and contemporary art, this visit hopes to foster dialogue among female artist and workers from Iraqi Kurdistan and the Germany.

This international event and public program is comprised of a textile project collaboration between German artist Friederike Ruff and female workers at the carpets factory in Erbil.

Sponsor: GIZ, Germany

Implementation by ArtRole

Details to follow

Istanbul Art Fair 2018
10 – 18 Nov 2018

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in Events, Exhibition

International Istanbul Art Fair is a 9 day event being held from 10th November to 18th November 2018 at the Tuyap Exhibition and Convention Center, Turkey. This event will showcase products like antique jewelry, antique furniture, antique clocks, antiquities, art glass, art works, decorative art, glassware and much more.

ArtRole is delighted to represent Iraq with a contemporary art exhibition by a group of talented artists at the Istanbul Art Fair 2018

ڕیكخراوی “ئارت ڕۆڵ خۆشحاڵە بە نیونەرایەتی كردنی عیراق بە پێشانگایەكی هەنەری هاوچەرخ بۆ كۆمەڵێك هەنەرمەندی بەتوانا لە ئەستەنبول ئارت فێر – ٢٠١٨

يتشرف منظمة “أرت رول” بتمثيل عيراق بمعرض فني لمجموعة من الفنانين الموهوبين في معرض اسطنبول للفنون – ٢٠١٨


Mosul, My Home
Oct 2018 – Feb 2019

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in Events

(Mosul My Home) Documentary film, Oct 2018 – Feb 2019, One of the largest ArtRole’s project in recent years. ‘Mosul My Home’ Is a project addressing the hope and dreams of people of Mosul who have no expectation of their city future and life style.

More details to follow

Spiritual journey: Exhibition by Adalet Garmiany
3 to 10 Nov 2018

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Events, Exhibition

An exhibition representing over 20 years of Adalet Garmiany’s work using the medium of conceptual art and new media.





Artrole CE judges Rise Art competition
7 February 2018

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:

28 June – 25 Nov 2018

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”.

Beyond Boundaries: Art by Email
May – June 2018

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Events, Exhibition

Castleford Heritage Trust Park April 2018.

The Island Gallery, Queen’s Mill, Castleford 1st May – 14th June.

Artists based in the Middle East who would find it difficult to travel to the UK were invited to propose artwork that can be sent by email.

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries: Art by Email was curated by Yorkshire Sculpture Park (UK Museum of the Year 2014) and ArtRole in partnership with the Caspian Arts Foundation. It was shown originally at YSP in 2017.

We recognise that it is complicated and prohibitive for worldwide artists to work in the UK, but are keen to offer a platform and share great art with YSP’s 500,000 annual visitors. Beyond Boundaries: Art by Email celebrated the fact that ideas and art can travel even if people cannot.

Proposals of photography and film were invited, but also sculpture files that can be 3D printed, performance by instruction and other creative responses.

The exhibition featured work that not only shared the realities of current situations in various countries such as Iraq, Syria, Iran, Palestine but also the resilience, hope, and creativity of artists throughout the region, whatever their circumstances.

The exhibition will run from 1st May through to 14th June. It will be open for viewing between 10am-3pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays @ The Island Gallery, Queen’s Mill, Castleford.

We invite the local community to come and view the artworks, to think about what the artists are communicating and to look for the contrasts and connections between what is presented and how we can relate this to life in Castleford and the surrounding areas.

There will be an interactive area where visitors can leave their thoughts and take part in an activity sharing their thoughts on our town.

ArtRole to partner FGAP 2018
2018 – March 2019

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Events, Exhibition

ArtRole is pleased to announce the continuity of it’s a Middle East partnership for the Future Generation Art Prize 2019. ArtRole introduces ten young talented artists across the Middle East to FGAP 2019.

Info: FGAP 2019 website

PinchukArtCentre announces artists shortlist for the
5th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize

PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine) announces the artist shortlist for the 5th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. Selected from over 5,800 entries by artists across 158 countries, the final list includes 21 artists and artist collectives, spanning five continents. Established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in 2009, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the prize’s founding.

Shortlisted artists are:

  • Alia Farid (33 – Kuwait),
  • Monira Al Qadiri (35 – Senegal),
  • Yu Araki (33 – Japan),
  • Korakrit Arunanondchai (31 – Thailand),
  • Kasper Bosmans (28 – Belgium),
  • Madison Bycroft (31 – Australia),
  • Gabrielle Goliath (34 – South Africa),
  • Rodrigo Hernández (34 – Mexico),
  • Laura Huertas Millán (35 – Colombia),
  • Marguerite Humeau (31 – France),
  • Eli Lundgaard (28 – Sweden),
  • Taus Makhacheva (35 – Russia),
  • Toyin Ojih Odutola (33 – Nigeria),
  • Sondra Perry (31 – United States),
  • Gala Porras-Kim (33 – Colombia),
  • Emilija Skarnulyte (31 – Lithuania),
  • Jakob Steensen (31 – Denmark),
  • Daniel Turner (35 – United States),
  • Anna Zvyagintseva (32 – Ukraine),

and artist collectives:

  • Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
  • Cooking Sections.

Images and detailed artists bios can be downloaded via link.

Anna Zvyagintseva is included as the winner of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2017 – a national contemporary art prize awarded to young Ukrainian artists up to the age of 35. All other artists were chosen by an international selection committee, which includes: Natalia Valencia Arango, Associate Curator, Estancia Femsa Casa Barragán (Mexico City); Julie Boukobza, Director of Luma Arles residency program and 89plus residency at the Lab of the Google Cultural Institute (Paris); Tatiana Kochubinska, Curator, Research Platform at the PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv); Tumelo Mosaka, Chief Curator for the Investec Cape Town Art Fair; Zeynep Öz, Curator, Turkish Pavilion at the Venice Biennial 2019 (Istanbul) and Richard Riley, independent curator and Chair of the Gilbert & George Centre (London).

The Future Generation Art Prize is a biannual global contemporary art prize open to all artists aged 35 or younger from anywhere in the world, working in any medium. Shortlisted artists will be commissioned to create new works on view in exhibitions at the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv and the Venice Biennale.

The main prize winner receives US $100,000 split between a $60,000 cash prize and a $40,000 investment in their practice. A further $20,000 is awarded as a special prize/s between up to five artists at the discretion of the jury for supporting projects that develop their artistic practice.

From the shortlisted artists, the jury determine the winners of the main prize and special prizes during the Future Generation Art Prize exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv. Prizes are awarded at a ceremony in March 2019.

The International Jury of the Future Generation Art Prize 2019 includes:

  • Hoor Al Qasimi, president, Sharjah Art Foundation and International Biennial Association;
  • Pablo León de la Barra, curator at large, Latin America, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York;
  • Björn Geldhof, artistic director, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv;
  • Helen Molesworth, writer;
  • Gabi Ngcobo, curator, 10th Berlin Biennale;
  • Tim Marlow, artistic director, Royal Academy of Arts, London;
  • Christine Macel, chief curator, Centre Pompidou, Paris and curator, Venice Biennale 2017.


Exhibition of shortlisted artists at PinchukArtCentre

February – 14 April 2019

Future Generation Art Prize 2019 award ceremony

March 2019

Future Generation Art Prize 2019 @ Venice

9 May – September 2019



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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.