Behnam Al Agzeer
Artist Behnam Al-Agzeer is an Iraqi calligrapher who uses his art to promote peaceful relations between Muslims and Christians.
Despite losing everything in Iraq, Al-Agzeer who was forced to flee his homeland in 2003 with his wife and daugher as sectarian violence targeted the Christian community in the northern city of Mosul, has no time for resentment and hatred. He is using his work to promote peace, justice and co-existence, and creating a dialogue between Christian and Muslim communities.
Since arriving in Britain, Al-Agzeer has taken part in a variety of exhibitions in Surrey. His fascination with art Arabesque has led him to familiarise himself with different styles, fonts and techniques of calligraphy specialising in Kufic script. He is also familiar with the Al-Qa'a, Al-Diwani, Ta'aleq and Nashikh scripts. His work has been incorporated in murals, posters, book covers, calendars, brochures, postcards, greeting and business cards. Some of his works have become museum pieces.
FusionARTS is a charitable company committed to supporting artists, it provides studio space to rent in the heart of Kingston upon Thames, as well as exhibiting work from local artists.Website: www.fusionartsstudios.co.uk
KAOS are a voluntary group set up and run by local artists to promote the visual arts in Kingston upon Thames with 50 members curently.
Established in 2010. We are currently a self funded group, aiming both to raise the profile of art in the community and sell our work. We are completely reliant on volunteers but have already made a mark on the visual arts scene in Kingston. If you are interested in taking part, sponsoring us or would just like more information, please contact the membership secretary:
Kingston Camera Club
A friendly club for the promotion and skill enhancement of all aspects of photography including digital images, with competitions and lectures for members at our weekly meetings held on Monday evenings 7.30pm at St John Ambulance H.Q. Athelstan Road, Kingston. Our annual exhibition in the Art Gallery at Kingston Museum. Full membership costs £40 a year.
Malden Arts Association
The Malden Arts Association is a club for anyone with an interest in art, including practicing painters, sculptors, potters and poets as well as anyone interested in art history, or discussing art with like-minded people. Everyone is welcome from accomplished artists to those just dipping their toe in the water. We do not have group painting at our meetings, although we occasionally have workshop evenings where members can try out subjects, techniques or materials that they might not have normally considered.
We meet once a month at The Malden Centre, Cocks Crescent, Blagdon Road, New Malden, on a Friday afternoon from 4pm to 6.30pm and have a varied programme of demonstrations by professional Artists and illustrated talks on the arts. Our meetings are held in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and we hope that you will decide to join us.
Contact - Joyce Clay
Surbiton Arts Group
We hold two meetings each month (except in August) and two exhibitions in May and October. The aim of the group is to encourage an interest in the arts, mainly watercolour and oil paintings, by discussions, lectures and painting workshops.
Meetings take place in Surbiton Library Large Hall between 8-10pm, on the first and third Monday each month. Annual subscription is £20.00.
Contact - F.R. Hall
Address: 49 Queens Drive, Surbiton, Surrey KT5 8PW
Telephone: 020 8399 5942
Terry Arpino specialises in underwater photography.
He runs workshops for those who want to learn more.
Contact - Terry Arpino
Thames Valley Arts Club
Opportunities for artists to exhibit their work in two exhibitions each year. From September to March, there are instructive painting demonstrations, lectures and friendly workshops.
Contact - Michael Hart
Telephone: 020 8398 6822
YADAPA (Young and Disabled and Positively Artistic)
YADAPA run regular workshops for Young Disabled people on Mondays – Drama, Wednesdays – Art and holiday workshops throughout the year.
Contact - Fran O'Brien