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ArtRole, funded and supported by the British Council and Arts Council England, was formed by Adalet R. Garmiany in July 2004. ArtRole aims to provide a cultural exchange between the Middle East and UK. Early last year, five Kurdish artists were invited to our region to introduce their culture and talk about their lives, backgrounds and art practice through research visits, talks, performances and workshops. The artists celebrated the project with events, workshops and presentations at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

 

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In November 2007 ArtRole arranged for six important international artists’ to visit the Kurdistan-Iraq region, and this year, YSP presented a rare opportunity to hear the artists share their experiences.

YSP continues to work with ArtRole to broaden the awareness of modern Middle-Eastern culture, away from the dominant reporting of conflict and deprivation, and will host an artist in residence from the region in Autumn 2009, as well as participatory talks and events.