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All the JRFA team wish you and your family a very happy and enjoyable New Year.

Each new year and particularly this new decade brings a time for reflection. A time of looking back and one for looking forward and making changes.

After five years of sending our monthly guides to the world of Contemporary Middle Eastern art, we have taken the decision that this will be our final edition in its current form (though we shall continue to highlight events and exhibitions on social media). We have enjoyed preparing these newsletters enormously and thank you for your amazing support over the years, which is hugely appreciated.

Meanwhile, in the physical realm, we shall continue our active programme of exhibitions and events and hope that you will be able to visit our stand P16b at the forthcoming London Art Fair . We remind you also of Patrick Altes ' ongoing exhibition at Gerald Moore Gallery. JFRA artist Fereydoun Ave will be speaking at the British Museum on 26th January in collaboration with Magic of Persia Foundation and watch out too for Amin Roshan 's exhibition at Rossi & Rossi opening in London in February.

Returning to the newsletter, in our Art Matters section we review the varied topics covered over the last twelve months - a chance to check them out if you missed any. We feature a selection of noteworthy and recommended books and finally in the spirit of the festive season, for our monthly Inspiration we peak at the behind the scene moments of fashion brand Loewe's making of their latest video campaign at Leighton House .

We hope you enjoy this last Middle Eastern guide and hope you have lots of fun and success in 2020!!


Janet Rady,  Gallery Director and Curator
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WHAT'S ON
- Biennale -
Various venues across Singapore | 22 Nov 2019 - 22 Mar 2020
- Fair -
Business Design Centre | London, England, UK | 22-26 Jan 2020
- Events -
Finissage and Artist's Talk
3 Jan 2020 | Finissage: 18:00 – 20:00 - Artist's talk: 18:30 | P21 Gallery | London, England, UK
PATRICK ALTES TOLERANCE Exhibition Tour and Panel Discussion
11 Jan 2020 | 10:00 – 16:00 GMT | Gerald Moore Gallery | London, England, UK
Symposium, Exhibition Opening, Book Launch and Reception
24 Jan 2020 | 13:00 – 19:30 | West Court, Jesus College | Cambridge, England, UK
- Exhibitions -
AZERBAIJAN
YARAT Contemporary Art Space | Baku, Azerbaijan | 13 Dec 2019 - 14 Feb 2020
EUROPE
IWM North (Imperial War Museum) | Stretford, England, UK | 17 May 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
Kettle's Yard – University of Cambridge | Cambridge, England, UK | 12 Nov 2019 - 2 Feb 2020
Zentrum für verfolgte Künste | Solingen, Germany | 15 Nov 2019 - 2 Feb 2020
Izolyatsia | Kyiv, Ukraine | 21 Nov 2019 - 12 Jan 2020
Borås Konstmuseum | Borås, Sweden | Until 20 Jan 2020
S.M.A.K. - Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art | Ghent, Belgium | 30 Nov 2019 - 16 Feb 2020
Kestner Gesellschaft | Hanover, Germany | 7 Dec 2019 - 9 Feb 2020
Copenhagen Contemporary (CC) | Copenhagen, Denmark | 13 Dec 2019 - 10 May 2020
Royal West of England Academy (RWA) | Bristol, England, UK | 14 Dec 2019 - 1 Mar 2020
Yorkshire Sculpture Park | West Bretton, England, UK | 4 Jan - 15 Mar 2020
Bermondsey Project Space | London, England, UK | 7-25 Jan 2020
KW Institute for Contemporary Art | Berlin, Germany | 16-19 Jan 2020
New Art Exchange | Nottingham, England, UK | 18 Jan - 15 Mar 2020
The Mosaic Rooms | London, England, UK | 22 Jan - 26 Apr 2020
MENA
Bait Obaid al Shamsi and Bait Al Hurma | Sharjah, UAE | 12 Oct 2019 - 20 Jan 2020
Warehouse421 | Abu Dhabi, UAE | 10 Dec 2019 - 16 Feb 2020
Sharjah Art Museum | Sharjah, UAE | 11 Dec 2019 - 21 Jan 2020
Bait Obaid al Shamsi and Bait Al Hurma | Sharjah, UAE | 20 Dec 2019 - 15 Feb 2020
Bahrain National Museum | Manama, Bahrain | 15-31 Jan 2020
TURKEY
Arter | Istanbul, Turkey | 13 Sep 2019 - 9 Feb 2020
USA
21c Museum Hotel Bentonville | Bentonville, AR, USA | Oct 2019 - Sep 2020
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin | Austin, TX, USA | 21 Dec 2019 - 19 Apr 2020
Grey Art Gallery, New York University | New York City, NY, USA | 14 Jan - 4 Apr 2020
601Artspace | New York City, NY, USA | 20 Jan - 22 Mar 2020
ART MATTERS
Year in Review: We end the year by looking back at the diverse topics we focused on in the Art Matters section during 2019.
PUBLICATIONS
SOME INSPIRATION
Director Nina Gantz dissects her recent surreal stop motion work for fashion brand Loewe.

For the launch of the William De Morgan capsule collection, LOEWE collaborated with BAFTA-winning director Nina Gantz to create a film that brings to life the master ceramicist’s fantastical subject matter and the textiles and textures from the collection itself. Combining stop-motion animation with live action of models, the story unfolds within West London’s Leighton House, which contains close to one hundred works by De Morgan: Watch the ad