Gallery P21 based in Chalton Street [near the British Library] is an independent London-based charitable trust established for the admirable purpose of promoting contemporary Middle Eastern and Arab art and culture, and I’d say also knowledge of the Arab World generally. The Gallery is in spacious modern premises, on two floors, with cafeteria and meeting rooms.
A current [August 2016] exhibition bravely looks at the future of Palestine through the works of artists many living in Palestine and others around the globe. For the duration of the exhibition there are supporting events. That the creative spirit survives in such difficult circumstances is inspirational, the quality of the work all the more so.
Any thoughts on Palestine’s future need a good understanding of its past, stretching back to the ending of the Ottoman Empire in the Great War, and even earlier. You’ll come away with a feeling of hope for the future, while promising yourself to learn more of the past.
The two curators are often present for talks with visitors. You need only a few minutes to feel their deep attachment to Palestine and to their exhibition. The curators’ website explains the exhibition well, and includes biographies of the artists and photos of their works [ click here ] .