About ArtRole

ArtRole is an Iraqi registered non-profit, non governmental organisation Founded 2004 in United Kingdom, an contemporary arts organisation dedicated to building a cultural bridge between the Iraq – Middle East and rest of the world.

ArtRole Operating in Iraq and officially registered in Iraq (No. 4395- L)

ArtRole Board members

Adalet R. Garmiany (Chief Executive & Founder)

Anna BowmanDirector & Advisor, UK
Mark Terry, Director & Media Advisor. UK
Hoshyar Kareem, Iraq
Ammar Saadallah, Iraq
Hisho Raza, Iraq


  • To make a positive contribution to the cultural, artistic and educational life of the Iraq – Middle East through establishing a regular programme of cross-cultural arts activities in the Middle East
  • To provide opportunities for artists to visit the Iraq – Middle East to develop new work and for artists from the region to travel abroad.
  • To provide facilitation tools, resources and materials to learning institutions in the Iraq – Middle East that enable art education activity
  • To raise awareness of environmental and regeneration issues to communities in the Iraq –Middle East through art and art education


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.

Core Values

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, engages with women’s issues and encourages the participation of women and have a role within the organisation and all its activities, Concerned about environmental and regeneration issues in communities of the Region and therefore aims to promote the participation of environmental artists and scientists.

Sponsors and Supporters
As a non-profit Organisation, we depend on donations. Below are the Institutions, Foundation & organisations who have generously sponsored our activities:

United Kingdom
Foreign & Commonwealth – Office, FCO
British Council
Arts Council England
BISI (British Institute for the Study of Iraq)
Allan and Nesta Foundation
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Saatchi Gallery
‘Cornerhouse’ HOME
Hull city Council
Humberside Police North of England

The German Federation foreign Ministry
Goethe Institute
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)
GIZ German Cooperation for Sustainable Development.

United States
State Department, The America Embassy in Iraq
Chicago Community Trust
CalArt University Los Angeles
Out Post for Contemporary art, Los Angeles
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, NY

Foreign & Hivos “Hivos, Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries
Prince Claus Fund for Culture & Development

Kvinna till Kvinna, Women’s Empowerment Project

United Nations
Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Iraqi Kurdistan
Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq
Asia Oil Company,
Department of NGOs, KRG
Khak Press and Media Centre
Women Union of Kurdistan
Kurdistan U.K Friendship Association
Ministry of Environment, Kurdish Regional
Government of Iraq

Istanbul Arts Fair 2018

Partners & Collaborators

Visiting Arts, Artsadmin, Delfina Foundation, Motiroti, FACT, Foundation For Art and Creative Technology, LADA “Live Art Development Agency”, Serpentine Gallery, SOAS “School for Oriental and Asian Studies” University of London, Royal College of Art, Slade School of Art International Culture Arts Network, Northern Ireland, the Jameel Prize, NRLA, National Review of Live Art, Glasgow,
Caspian Foundation, Asia House, United Kingdom.

Theatre Without Border, Leventine Cultural Center, Out Post for Contemporary Art, TCG Theatre Communication Group, NYC, Georgetown University DC, in U.S.A. ETTC, European Technology & Training Centre, DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service, the Morgenland music Festival, The dOCUMENTA 13, Garmiany, The Institut français, France.

Kvinna till Kvinna, Women’s Empowerment Project, Sweden, Vienna Arts Week & Hinterland Gallery, Austria, the Future Generation Arts Prize, Ukraine, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Italy, the Freedom to Create Prize, Singapore. Kurdistan University, College & Institute of Fine Arts Sulaymaniyah, Erbil, Kirkuk, Baghdad, Babylon, Attitudes S.A.C. Baghdad, Iraqi Embassy in United Kingdom, Women Empowerment Organization, Salahuddin University, Antiquities of Erbil.

Mearg Gallery, Cihan Art Gallery, WADI for FGM, Red Jail Museum, Sulaymania Museum, Aram Gallery, American University, Gender Studies and Information Centre Organization, in Iraq. Parkingallery Tehran, Iran, PiST/// Idependent Artist Space and Anadolu Kültür, Turkey, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art Cairo, Egypt, Art Dubai, U.A.E, AllArtNow Organization, Syria, Ashkal Alwan, Lebanon, ArtSchool, & Qattan Foundation “funds/develops cultural activity and Ashtar Theatre in Palestine”


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