to Sep 30

In Dreams Exhibition

A group exhibition exploring the sensory experience of sleep, dream narratives and internal visual landscapes; the process of awakening; and the sleeping subject. This is a collaborative project involving sixteen contemporary visual artists and wider discussion group of writers and scientists.

The exhibition focus:

1.     The sensory experience of sleep;

2.     Dream narratives and internal visual landscapes;

3.     The process of awakening; and

4.     The sleeping subject.

Sleep and dreams have always been a source of inspiration to artists. Most notably to the Surrealists – who focused on expressing the subconscious as directly as possible, rejecting a rational view of the world.

26 - 30 September 2017
(daily 11.00 am – 6.00 pm)


Menier Gallery
Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

‘The Shadow Puppeteer Dreaming’ Sophie Charalambous

‘The Shadow Puppeteer Dreaming’ Sophie Charalambous

Curator: Clare Dudeney -

  • Private View: Tuesday 26 September (6.00 – 9.00 pm)

  • Night of talks: Thursday 28 September (6.00 – 9.00 pm)

To RSVP please send an email to with your preferred night

Artist Information: 

Esra is inspired by Islamic patterns and designs. By studying and practicing traditional methods used in Iran and Turkey, she has found her own unique voice and is exploring a range of applications to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary arts. Islamic illuminations are constructed with geometric grids, biomorphic and floral shapes, representational of the vegetation in the area the painting originated. For this exhibition Esra will be considering Islamic traditions of dream interpretation and symbolism. Esra is a Saudi artist living in London and working on her PhD in interior architecture, in the University of East London.

The other artists Information: 

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to Sep 1

Transition Exhibition in London

This is a collaborative exhibition for Middle Eastern artists that I will be taking a part in. 


Definition: Transition is the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

The exhibitions aim is to engage in dialogue about how artists from the Arab world are individuals transitioning through life. We see the Arab world being exposed to different cultures, the rise of third culture kids or the merge of mixed backgrounds is becoming more common, we see more young people having political opinions, the social rise on social media is widespread and the balancing of both West and East is on a scale that continually drops or heightens. Where usually one person is often a spokesperson for the entire community rather than as their individual self, we aim to shift away from that notion and encourage growth of the individual, to explore the complexities of an identity and the ever transitioning stages we each go through.

Menier Gallery
51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU.


Exhibition Curators: 

Reconnecting Arts is a platform supporting emerging contemporary Middle Eastern creatives. We aim to increase the visibility of Arab emerging creatives in the region as well internationally through our exhibitions, features, magazines and workshops we offer. We want to create a space where a refreshing idea of Arab work and narratives are shown by Arab Artists themselves, where they can challenge, question and create dialogue about their own experiences. Our mission is to provide opportunities for a network of creatives and the community to Reconnect with each other. We are committed to facilitating cross cultural dialogue.

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