Cyffwrdd Syria ~ Touching Syria

A collaborative project connecting the arts of Wales and Syria.

Cyffwrdd Syria ~ Touching Syria exhibits SYRIA.ART’s first UK collection of contemporary art created from within Syria and from the Syrian diaspora, alongside Welsh contemporary artists at Storiel, Bangor from 12th January 2019 for 6 weeks.

A project organized by Cyffwrdd Celf Cyf and SYRIA.ART in collaboration with Arts Council Wales, Pontio and Storiel.

1st venue: Storiel Museum and Art Gallery, Ffordd Gwynedd Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 1DT, North Wales, UK
Dates: January 12, 2019 – February 23, 2019

2nd venue: Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor University, Deiniol Rd, Bangor LL57 2TQ, North Wales, UK
Date: January 19, 2019

Featuring work by following Welsh and Syrian artists:

Ffion Dafis, Khaled Youssef, Lisa Gwilym, Ifor Ap Glyn, Omar Shammah, Catrin Menai, Bashar Farahat, Nizar Ali Badr, Manon Steffan Ros, Tania Al Kayyali, Menna Thomas, Humam Alsalim, Huda Takriti, Obaidah Zorik, Ammar Khaddour, Ayham Jabr, Maeisam Mallisho, Blodau Gwylltion, Oasis World Choir and Band.


Angharad Griffiths,  Paola Dyboski-Bryant, Mishelle Kit, Menna Alwen Thomas (from Cyffwrdd Celf Cyf, a socially conscious and progressive arts organisation dedicated to using the arts to connect people and cultures), Khaled Youssef and Humam Alsalim (from SYRIA.ART), in collaboration with Arts Council Wales, Pontio and Storiel.

Cyffwrdd Celf Cyf  and SYRIA.ART are very proud to present this wonderful project that Angharad Griffiths,  Paola Dyboski-Bryant, Mishelle Kit, Menna Alwen Thomas, Khaled Youssef and Humam Alsalim have been working on for two years. Thank you to Arts Council Wales, Pontio and Storiel for helping us turn our idea into a reality and sharing our vision to showcase the work of incredibly talented Syrian artists by working with Welsh artists and art establishments.

There will be a 6 week exhibition in STORIEL and a day of events at PONTIO – interviews, talks, films, poetry, music and food that will celebrate Syrian and Welsh culture.

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Mostra Documentaire : Hors Syrie

Syrian Open-Air Film Screenings: “Mostra Documentaire : Hors Syrie”
Hosted by: CASA DOC’ and SYRIA.ART
Date: July 20, 2018 from 8:30 pm
Venue: CASA DOC’ – 5 rue du 24 Mars, 06100 Nice, France
Participating video artists: Rania Kaddoura, Mayar El Nouri, Ayla Abiad, Huda Takriti, Rohân Houssein, Majd Zaghir

SYNOPSIS – “Mostra Documentaire : Hors Syrie”

Because we believe in the virtue of difference and in a multi-faceted approach of the truth, SYRIA.ART and CASA DOC’ highlight independent Syrian video makers who offer a different perspective on today’s Syria, for the span of an evening.

Stories, cities, people, children, joy despite the war, a dance among the ruins, the smile of a kid torn from his house and school, the dream of rebuilding and of continuing life.

This projection is an invitation to take a journey, to cross a bridge through what you thought you knew and through an elsewhere which, despite the suffering, has not yet lost hope, and a people who, despite the disarray, has not yet said his last word…


The Syrian Experience as Art 3

An exhibition organized by Castleton University, Rutland, Vermont, USA

Venue: The Great Hall – 100 River Street, Springfield, Vermont, USA
Dates: June 7, 2018 – August 15, 2018

“The Syrian Experience as Art” is an exhibition representing the work of twelve Syrian artists trying to express their individual and varied responses to the devastation of their country.

Featuring work by following Syrian artists:

Photography: Issa Touma, Khaled Youssef, Dani Hasrouni

Digital Arts: Julie Nakazi, Khaled Akil, Bassam Alemam, Omar Shammah, Tania Al Kayyali, Amr Fahd, Ayham Jabr, Humam Alsalim & Rami Bakhos

Castleton University,
With the assistance of SYRIA.ART – Association pour la Promotion de l’Art Contemporain Syrien, 

Make Bubbles Not War

Photographic exhibition and projections: “Make Bubbles Not War”
Hosted by: Uni-vers-photos and Khaled Youssef Photographie et Poésie
Dates: Mai 11 – 26, 2018
Venue: 1 rue Penchienatti, 06000 Nice, France
Opening: May 11, 2018 from 18:00 to 22:00
Participating artist: Khaled Youssef, Syrian photographer and poet

“Make Bubbles Not War”

In a world full of uncertainty, violence and complexity, Khaled Youssef attempts, through this new exhibition, to bring moments of joy, inspiration and wonderment. And it is through the lightness and transparency of soap bubbles that adorn an empty space with the colors of the rainbow, that the photographer and poet travels across countries and continents to capture and immortalize a moment of grace and hope, and draw a smile on children’s faces. From Nice to Havana and from Iran to Burma, these creatures made of light air erase all frontiers to prove that humanity and the innocence of childhood are the path that unites us all.

Raconte Ton Voyage

Exhibition: “Raconte Ton Voyage”
Organisation: Réseau Education Sans Frontières (RESF) with the participation of Nizar Ali Badr, Syrian sculptor from the SYRIA.ART collective
Dates: 14/04 – 26.04.2018
Venue: Saint-Joseph Church, Square Lenglier in Pontivy (Brittany)
Opening: Saturday, April 14 at 11:00
Free admission

Participating artists: Nizar Ali Badr, Rol, Alain Goutal, and others

“Raconte Ton Voyage” is a cultural project initiated by Réseau Education Sans Frontières (RESF) – Pontivy, with artistic expressions and exhibitions in different places, as well as with the participation of Nizar Ali Badr, Syrian sculptor from the SYRIA.ART collective.

Behind the lines

BEHIND THE LINES: CONTEMPORARY SYRIAN ART is an itinerary exhibition across Canada. The exhibition hosts 20 artists with 100 works across multiple formats including video, photography, painting and sculptures.

Exhibition at Penticton Art Gallery, 199 Marina Way, Penticton, BC V2A 1H5

July 8 – September 11, 2016

Exhibition at Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram St, Duncan, BC Canada
November 27 – December 3, 2016

Exhibition at Brentwood College School, Mt Baker Rd, Mill Bay, BCCanada
December 10 – 17, 2016

Exhibition at Yukon Art Center, College Drive, Whitehorse, YukonCanada
Dec 08, 2016 – Feb 25, 2017

Exhibition at Gallery at The Military Museums , University of Calgary, Alberta Canada
October 12, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Exhibition at Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, 3220 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria BC Canada
January 24 – February 5, 2018

Exhibition at Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC), 114 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
February 16 – February 25, 2018

Exhibition at Langley Centennial Museum & Exhibition Centre, 9135 King St, Langley, BC V1M 2S2 Canada
Juni 9, 2018 – September 3, 2018

Exhibition at Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford BC V2T 0B3 Canada
September 27, 2018 – January 06, 2019

Exhibition at Dawson Creek Art Gallery 101, 816 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4T6 Canada
January 28 – March 8, 2019

Syrian Artists: Ethical Witnesses From Behind the Lines

In the midst of a conflict that has gripped the entire world, a connection created through art is bringing Penticton and Syria closer together.

Humam Alsalim, a Syrian architect, founding member of SYRIA-ART and co-founder of the Cyrrus Gallery, an online art gallery for young, contemporary Syrian artists is co-curating the latest exhibition at the Penticton Art Gallery.

Behind The Lines – Contemporary Art from Syria is a traveling exhibition. The exhibition hosts 20 artists with 100 works across multiple formats including video, photography, painting and sculptures.

The art is an inside look into the minds of those affected by the devastating war, including Alsalim.

20 artists from the Syrian art scene are represented:

Painting: Omran Younis, Obaidah Zorik, Huda Takriti, Reem Tarraf, Maiesam Mallisho, Fadi Al Hamwi, Mahmood Al Daoud, Alaa Sharabi, Juhayda AlBitar, Mohammad Zaza, Lina Malki / Sculpture: Khaled Dawwa,  Ali Almeer  / Photography: Khaled Youssef, Khaled Akil,  Ammart Khadour / Digital Art: Humam Alsalim, Rami Bakhos /  Video Art: Fadi Al Hamwi, Huda Takriti

Paul Crawford, Penticton art Gallery – Image credit: Dale Boyd/Penticton Western News

Curators :
Paul Crawford, Penticton, British Colombia, Canada,

Humam Alsalim, Damascus, Syria,
Founding Member SYRIA.ART – Association pour la Promotion de l’Art Contemporain Syrien,