Contemporary Art Iraq Related Events


Opening Weekend Events/

Fri 16 – Sat 17 April
ArtRole and Cornerhouse are pleased to present a series of events over the opening weekend, where you can find out more about the themes of Contemporary Art Iraq by joining our one-day symposium or free talk.


Tales of Iraq: Artist Live Presentations
Cornerhouse, Manchester
Fri 16 April, 14:00 – 18:00
FREE, Booking required

Cornerhouse’s Sarah Perks, who has co-curated the Contemporary Art Iraq exhibition, chairs this lively event, featuring a series of presentations by some of the most prominent artists from the UK and Iraq; including British sculptor Richard Wilson, installation and performance artist Anne Bean and official Iraq war artist Xavier Pick.

This event includes drinks and the chance to meet, chat and network with the artists.


Future Now: Iraq and Contemporary Art
Cornerhouse, Manchester
Sat 17 April, 11:00 – 17:00
£8 full/£6 concs

Contemporary Art Iraq launches at Cornerhouse with this one-day symposium that explores the various thematic strands that emerge from the exhibition. Divided into three panels delivered by a host of leading international researchers, artists, curators and writers; whose discussions will extend upon concepts from nationalism and nationhood, current art education and the recent surge in art activity in Iraqi Kurdistan, to the impact of international initiatives and the future of contemporary art in the Middle East and Iraq.


Changing Perspectives on Contemporary Conflict
Sun 18 April, 13:00 – 17:00
FACT, Liverpool
£12 full/£10 concs

To coincide with the launch of Contemporary Art Iraq and the publication of the MyWar exhibition catalogue, FACT hosts a symposium on the changing nature of war. Utilising an engaging and groundbreaking setup, Adalet R Garmiany and speakers will come together to present alternative perspectives on contemporary conflict.

This event includes return transport from Cornerhouse to FACT in Liverpool. Coach will depart from Cornerhouse at 11.30am.


Contemporary Art Iraq
Thu 29 April, 18:00
Cornerhouse, Manchester
FREE, Booking Required

Join co-curator of Contemporary Art Iraq, ArtRole’s Adalet R. Garmiany and Cornerhouse’s Tomas Harold for this introductory tour of the exhibition.


Moments of Breathing with You
Wed 12 – Sat 15 May
Cornerhouse, Manchester
Free Drop-In

Cornerhouse in collaboration with FutureEverything, is pleased to host artist-in-residence Hafsah Naib. She will undertake a four-day residency responding to current exhibition Contemporary Art Iraq, locating her site-specific practice within the context and site of Cornerhouse galleries, initiating and facilitating a range of creative encounters with visitors in order to produce an online moving book.

Every hour of the exhibition, she will initiate an encounter and document it visually in collaboration with a gallery-goer through various mediums, including writing, video, photography and drawing.

Hafsah works within a site-specific way negotiating access into a range of places and spaces through which notions of public and private, individual and collective, contemporary art and popular culture can be explored.

This is a joint Cornerhouse and FutureEverything project.


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