Social Fabric: Interwoven Identities Panel talk by Hanan Al-Shaikh and Iman Humaydan

Introduction to Velvet Society by Prof. Janis Jeffries

Introduction Prof. Janis Jefferies   Velvet Society: Power and Glamour in 90s Damascus Raghad Mardini and Heba Al-Akkad in dialogue The Litehouse Gallery is a unique space for showing work by Syrian artists, many of whom escaped war. The gallery’s founding director Raghad Mardini was born in Damascus but escaped to Lebanon. She created a [...]


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Interview with Raghad Mardini at HOME: Through the Artists’ Eyes

On the 10/10/2020 Raghad Mardini, civil engineer and founder of Litehouse Gallery, talks to us about her inspiration behind her exhibition 'HOME: Through the Artists' Eyes'. She explains how the idea for this project came after the devastating explosion in Beirut that occurred on the 4th August, 2020. The homelessness that Raghad had experienced herself [...]

Chris Ward at HOME: Through the Artists’ Eyes

Chris Ward exhibited his work at Litehouse Gallery's pop-up exhibition HOME: Through the Artists' Eyes on the 10/10/2020. In this short interview, he talks about his concept of 'the quality of the artificial still life' and how he captures the formation of still life as it is, as the life has decided to be, rather [...]

Interview with Bahram Hajou

On a WhatsApp video call, internationally celebrated artist Bahram Hajou showed me around his spacious studio, flooded with light on a bright morning in Munster in Germany.  Hundreds of completed paintings, some with writing on the back, and blank stretched canvas waiting for the artists brush, face the wall. A single unfinished painting faces the [...]

Welcome to Litehouse Gallery

Welcome to Litehouse Gallery, a unique channel introducing Syrian art to London. Being the only gallery showcasing contemporary artists from Syria through exhibitions and events, we see it as our duty to be constantly engaging new ideas, perspectives and audiences whilst bridging Syrian and UK cultures. Our art residency in Lebanon provides us with that [...]

Interview with Aamer Husain

Aamer Husain– short story writer, essayist and novelist- talks to us about where home is to him. Maida Vale has been his home for 43 years. It is his village, everything he is used to, everything that brings him comfort. Little Venice is his home now where he resides. Whilst he still feels the desire [...]

Interview with Noha Zayed

Noha Zayed, photographer and creative entrepreneur, tells us what home means to her and how it is expressed through her work. For Noha home is a feeling; a feeling of familiarity and a place of earliest memories and understanding. Do you ever find yourselves feeling homesick for your country? Noha misses how she is forced [...]

Syria: Stories Through Artist’s Eyes

Litehouse Gallery organised an exhibition in London in February 2018 at the Art Gallery of the American School of London in Saint John’s Wood. The exhibition presented the works of fourteen emerging Syrian Artists, a testimony of their talents, personal grief and resilience and the power of human soul to hope and love in the darkest [...]