is an Iraqi registered non-profit, non-governmental organisation which was founded in 2004 in the United Kingdom, a contemporary arts organization dedicated to building a cultural bridge between the Iraq – Middle East and the rest of the world.
ArtRole operating in Iraq is officially registered there as Iraq No. 4395- L.
ArtRole voices “questions, hopes, ambitions and developments” which are currently taking place in Iraq to the outside world through art and cultural initiatives. It works to establish harmonious connections through the medium of art and art education. Through different creative channels and forums ArtRole intends to encourage, develop and support sustainable systems within arts and education projects which will benefit young people, women and communities as well as the country’s cultural infrastructure.
All activities support the building of a modern, democratic, creative and multicultural Iraq by developing international and inter-generational collaborations and networks within and between Iraq, Kurdish Regional and other Middle East Regions. Commitment to promote human rights, freedom of speech and communication between genders and diverse communities, it engages with women’s issues and encourages the participation of women to have a role within the organisation and all its activities. Also, having concerns about environmental and regeneration issues in communities of the Region and therefore aims to promote the participation of environmental artists and scientists.
ArtRole with great honour appreciates every single person who offered their time, knowledge and kindness to make ArtRole’s programme a success for almost 20 years: Anna Bowman, Mark Terry, Justine Blau, Rob Gowthrop, David Priestmaen, Catherine Lichfield, Adam Knights, Manick Govinda, Lois Keidan, Helen Pheby, Peter Jenkinson, Christina Jensen, Tanja Tolar, Carole and Claude Coiffait, Chris Gladwing, Kojir Zangna, Assad Ali, Sherko Abbas, Shaho Abdul Rahman, Wahby Rasul, Lana Ebrahim, Hemn Hamid, Sarbast Raza, Aso Salm, Azar Osman, Shawnm Raza, Collin Ball, Ann J Ward, Julia Dye Gibson, Janet Stewart, Valeria Missalina Bembry, Anna King, Malu Villafane, Helen Mullan, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Catherine Filloux, David Diamond, Nancy Buchanan, Hisho Raza, Lesley A T Gaj, Hoshyar Kareem, Omed Mustafa, Hiwa Aziz, Amar Sadulah, Awder Osman, Ali Raza, Diyako Xatun, Zardasht Osman, Ibrahim Ramaddan. Apologies to any person, or persons, whose name we may have inadvertently omitted.