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April 10, 2016 22:55 , by Nora Landkammer - | No one following this article yet.

Local Stories of Arts + Learning: Workshops and Public Event in Cairo

November 26, 2017 23:27, by Andrea Thal

The Cairo Working Group invites to a series of workshops on arts education to take place between the 25th of November and the 1st of December 2017 and a public day-long event on Saturday the 2nd of December 2017 in Cairo. 

Skimming through Egyptian Art Education School Books

February 26, 2017 12:06, by Hussein tarek

Noha Sobhi, a participant from the Art Education in Egypt reading and research group, brought us these books to look at the recent history of Egyptian art education curricula in schools. Both books are called "Art Criticism and History of Art", the one on the left is for art teachers (Ed. 1963) and the one on the right for high school students (Ed. 2003). The first has a richer content on history of art, next to Egyptian art it refers to Ancient Syrian, Greek, Coptic, Islamic, Renaissance and Modern Europan Art (Surrealism and Cubism included), while the second focuses on Anicent and Modern Egyptian art only. Both books depicts Egyptian "folk" art, but the examples in the book on the left are more extensive. The differences found in the books are not related to the different audiences (one written for students, the other for teachers) but rather reflect changing discources in the Ministy of Education in two different periods.

On the History of Arts and Crafts Education in Modern Egypt

February 23, 2017 10:21, by Hussein tarek

Through out the last three months, we tried to look into the history of the creation of public elementary and higher arts education schools in Egypt. We are doing this through focusing on the establishment of The Egyptian Ornamentations School (which became Faculty of Applied Arts) in the first half of 20th century and the development of art education curriculums in primary schools during the same period. Now, we try also to examine the colonial influence on art education and pedagogies. Our research takes the case of Ramses Wissa Wassef in building his art centre as a model to explore the impact of western ideas on methodologies of teaching art and crafts in Egypt on both the governmental and non-governmental levels.

Art Education in Egypt Reading and Research Group

January 27, 2017 11:40, by Andrea Thal

The Art Education in Egypt Reading and Research Group started through an open call in August 2016. The group meets to discuss, read and research the different histories, methodologies, and economies of art education in Egypt, with a particular focus on material published in Arabic. During September and October the group met twice a week to discuss the gathered material. Out of the discussions in the group a series of possible research strands such as "History of popular arts education", "Resistant or alternative art education" or "Entry exams for public art universities" developed that we now attempt to engage with deeper.


December 31, 2016 16:32, by Maja Renn

The Cairo Working Group, Andrea Thal and Hussein El-Hajj, are planning to research and develop concepts and practices of art education and mediation with a critical perspective and awareness for local relevance. In a first step the Cairo Working Group will form an ongoing larger group of local practitioners to research and discuss policy papers as well as recent historic material related to art education in the region. Based on these conversation Contemporary Image Collective aims to conceptualize a series of public lectures, discussions and workshops on the topic whilst in parallel committing to a extended engagement with critical art education and mediation practices as part of our general activities. We particularly intend to question the prevalence of Western models of education, related curricula development and teaching methodologies and the increasing commercialization of art education and the contemporary art sector. Contemporary Image Collective is a Cairo based non-profit contemporary art institution with a specific interest in contemporary image practices and related critical reflections. Contemporary Image Collective aims to create awareness for contemporary art practices that address and actively engage in socially relevant topics and makes related materials and resources accessible to the public. Through longterm research projects and smaller-scale discursive events and educational activities such as workshops, exhibitions, screenings, discussions, and symposia Contemporary Image Collective creates a space for experimentation, knowledge exchange, showing and discussing works of art and artistic production.