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How can the art of Arabic calligraphy offer a bridge between the material and the spiritual? The visual and the verbal? As a living tradition, Arabic calligraphy is a vital element of Islamic art. In this way, it offers an important platform for discussing the nature of, and intersections between, language, art and belief. In this small in-person workshop, calligrapher Soraya Syed will introduce participants to the materials used in calligraphy and teach them its foundational techniques. In this way, participants will have the opportunity not only to learn a new skill, but also reflect through practice on the spiritual, material, visual, and verbal dimensions of Arabic calligraphy.

Soraya Syed is a classically trained calligrapher, artist and filmmaker. She continually works to push the boundaries of what is expected from this traditional art form. She takes the written word off the page into film, dance and VR and has worked with the likes of the British Museum and Royal Shakespeare Company.

Organised by Beatrice Bottomley (Warburg Institute PhD), and supported by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).

This workshop is limited to 15 participants – please book ahead to avoid disappointment. The workshop is preceded by an online talk on Thursday 4 November, 6.00-7.30pm.

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