'Calligraphic Rhythms' by master calligrapher Mouneer Al Shaarani
30th May 2019 - 17th August 2019
Mouneer Al Shaarani is a world-class master calligrapher, designer and writer living and working in Damascus,
Syria. Al Shaarani started Arabic calligraphy at the tender age of ten, under the tutelage of the great Syrian calligrapher Badawi Al Dirany. After graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in 1977, his work has been exhibited internationally in Middle East, Europe and the USA. He is highly regarded for his unique and original style modernising ancient fonts and creating completely new ones, but never losing sight of the traditional form from which this ancient art-form can trace back its historical roots. His innovation in introducing worlds of wisdom from the Quran and Hadith, alongside aphorisms and proverbs relative to our contemporary modern life style, creates both a visual and intellectual joy for lovers of Arabic calligraphy.
'Smile for Good Luck' by jewellery designer Hania Kuzbari
2nd July 2019 - 3rd July 2019
A celebration of an exclusive summer collection of contemporary jewellery.
To read more about Hania Kuzbari, please follow the link
The Peculiar Photographic Revelations of a Victorian Eccentric.
Samuel Heracles Gascoigne-Simpson and The Bumforth Manor Collection at Stories Art Gallery, London
9th April 2019 - 23rd May 2019
Stories Art Gallery are delighted to welcome the recently rediscovered and restored photographic work of one the 19th century's strangest characters, Samuel Heracles Gascoigne-Simpson.
From the 1860's up until his death in 1919, the family seat of Bumforth Manor in South Lincolnshire, rural England, was Gascoigne-Simpson's photographic studio and laboratory.
Friends, relations, servants, aristocrats, farm workers, clergymen, eccentrics, oddballs, dignitaries and degenerates, (sometimes even against their own will), all found themselves clamped into place in his drawing room studio under the unblinking glare of his all seeing photographic 'brass eye'.
A totally bizarre collection of unconventional & intriguing images, each one with it's own tale to tell of an alternative view of 19th century British life. Sometimes dark, often puzzling, but always under woven with an element of humour which is somewhat at odds with the established notion of the Victorians as austere, prim and prudish.
'Stories from Whinin'
10 December 2018 - 31 January 2019
“Stories from Within” is a collection some exceptional pieces of art that tell different and striking stories of Syria and the people who, despite everything, continue to live there. These select pieces which have been created over the past seven years stand testament to the unique ability of art to document radical change and evolution in society and people.
The four featured artists, Nizar Sabour, Edward Shahda, Bassem Dahdouh and Asmaa Fayoumi have been internationally renowned in the world of contemporary art since the 1960s, and we are honoured to present their artwork to London audiences.
The exhibition will explore the mystifying ancient Aramaic town of Maaloula, revealing the psychological impact of war coupled with the silver lining of hope, love and compassion conveyed through the medium of art.
On display will be the exclusive opportunity to discover the untold perspectives of ordinary people who have endured and persevered through extraordinary circumstances and transformed their experience into new beginnings.
17 October 2018 - 5 November 2018
17 November 2018 - 9 December 2018
Stories art collection provides you an exceptional chance to encounter various Syrian artists and listen to what they have to say using the colours and brush strokes. The stories behind the paintings tell of love, hope, positive outlook to life and a lot of resilience. It tells also of Syrian history, philosophy and culture.
The artists are defying the odds and changing stereotypes. They are creating joy from the simplest of things and brightening our days by spreading beauty in our troublesome times.
This unique collection of artwork varies technically, yet it is in serene harmony creatively and spiritually. It was created during a painful period of the artists’ lives and therefore, all are filled with intense emotions and symbolism that only asserts the life loving and triumphant spirit that we all can be inspired by.
'The big Exodus'
6 November 2018 - 17 November 2018
Elli Chrysidou, a Greek artist with a long and successful career in the field of visual arts and articulates a political discourse through her art. She presents for the first time her last project entitled “The Big Exodus” at the Stories Gallery in London.
Inspired by Durer’s Rhinoceros 1515 and Ionesco’s corresponding playwright in her present project, she highlights the anguish and the sensitive personal balance and challenge of the world today.