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Art Jameel to celebrate the graduation of the 6th class of its Traditional Arts and Crafts Programme at the Fustat Traditional Crafts Centre

In its 7th consecutive year, the highly successful Art Jameel Programme for Traditional Arts and Crafts will celebrate the graduation of a new generation of artists and artisans at the Fustat Traditional Crafts Center on Thursday August 25th, 7 p.m.

Established in 2009 by Art Jameel, a Community Jameel initiative, in collaboration with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, the programme aims to train young Egyptians in the traditional arts, covering geometry, observational drawing, decorative floral patterns, painting, colour theory, and the crafts of woodwork, ceramics, gypsum& stained glass, and metalwork.

In line with Art Jameel’s focus on preserving cultural heritage, including traditional arts in Egypt, the programme develops students’ abilities to apply the foundational skills they learn during the programme to contemporary design and the restoration of monuments. The programme also focuses on securing job opportunities for its students within the fields of art and design, and some of its more than 55 graduates have gone on to teach at academic institutions, venture into the world of furniture design, and hold successful exhibitions of their artwork.

This year’s graduating class consists of 17 promising students over three specializations; ceramics, wood, and metal work. “In order to encourage the creation of small businesses, we have also started to provide business courses to the students and to give alumni from the programme new opportunities to exhibit and sell works at an annual alumni exhibition,” said Renata Papsch, general manager at Art Jameel International. This year, the program placed a significant focus on the architectural environment of Islamic Cairo, with students actively engaging with historic monuments. “In line with Art Jameel’s commitment to cultural heritage protection, we are continuing to explore openings for the students to engage with the architectural heritage of Cairo and hope to find a future opportunity for the students to contribute a piece to the restoration of a major site,” said Papsch. The graduation ceremony will take place in the presence of students’ friends and family, alumni from previous editions of the programme, as well as several distinguished guests from Egypt’s cultural scene, including Dr. Neveen El-Kilany, head of the Cultural Development Fund at the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. The programme director, Mr. Mamdouh Sakr, and the director of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, Dr. Khaled Azzam, will also be in attendance. Ms. Renata Papsch, will also attend. Community Jameel, the social enterprise organisation that includes Art Jameel among its initiatives, will be represented by Mr. George Richards, director of strategy development. The event will begin with a walk-through of the exhibition displaying the students’ work, followed by a welcome address by Mr. Mamdouh Sakr. Dr. Khaled Azzam will then give a brief introduction to the program, followed by a speech by Dr. Neveen El-Kilany. The day will conclude with the presentation of diploma certificates to graduating students and a group photograph commemorating the event. The graduating students’ work will be exhibited for a further week, from August 28th till September 1st from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Fustat Traditional Crafts Centre.

We have three very unique pieces in this year’s exhibition, a wooden minbar pulpit.
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