ZELLIJ / الزليج
Zellij or Zillij is a term used for the intricate mosaic tilework characteristic of Moroccan architecture. Zellij is comprised of many small parts coming together to make the whole.
ZELLIJ ARTS is an artist led project founded in 2016 by artist and curator Elizabeth Kwant (MA Fine Art Edinburgh University/ Edinburgh College of Art). ZELLIJ ARTS promotes the work of emerging artists working trans-nationally across geographic borders from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and diaspora. For the past two years we have partnered with The Alexandria Library, a multi- cultural bookshop in the heart of Manchester's famous Curry Mile where we operate a regular programme of temporary exhibitions and events connecting with the multi-cultural communities of Manchester.
Over the past two years we have featured work by local and international artists: Lesley Halliwell (UK), Fatemeh Takht Keshian (Iran/ UK), Lucinda May (UK), Anjum Malik (Pakistan/ UK), George Sfougaras (Greece/ UK), Saffina Bhatti (Pakistan/ UK), Lori K. Gordon (Morocco/ USA), Rachel Pearsey (USA/ Morocco), Hazel Burns (UAE), Amang Mardokhy (Kurdistan/UK), Ashleigh Beattie (UK/ Zimbabwe), Ahmed ElHassan (UK/ Sudan), and Mohamad Khayata (Syria). Upcoming exhibitions for 2018 include Saima Rashid Mai Al Shazly (Egypt) and partnerships with Digital Women's Archive North (DWAN) and Asia Triennial Manchester 2018.
ZELLIJ ARTS exists to:
Exhibitions Curator: ELIZABETH KWANT (please contact for all exhibitions/ art events enquiries).
Assistant Curator: BETHAN WILSON