The Atelier of Alexandria
is one of the most vital and active resources for contemporary
culture and art in Egypt. The Atelier is active in all of the modern
movements in art and culture.
Alexandria is a very dynamic Egyptian NGO originally founded in
1935 as a meeting point for the Alexandrian artistic scene. It
moved to its present premises in 1969, and took the name of
Atelier of Artists and Writers of the City of Alexandria.
The President of
Atelier of Alexandria, Dr. Mohamed Rafik Khalil, is assisted by
8 board members and The in-house operations are managed by
Moataz El Safty, who is Curator / Art director, Artistic
exchange Programming, Atelier's web designed and contents and
Alexandria is mostly funded by the subscriptions of its nearly
1000 members. It also rents its premises (halls and working
studios), at very affordable prices, for exhibitions and artists
Alexandria aims at connecting artists from different horizons,
at making it possible for artists from different fields and
nationalities to share their experiences. The very dynamic team
of this famous venue on the Egyptian artistic scene also strives
to make the arts more accessible to the general public. They
have organised several events including exhibitions, workshops,
seminars, talks. They have been chosen to host part of the
Alexandria Biennale of Arts in 2005, which was a great
recognition of their cultural role.
Main Projects / Activities:
Atelier of Alexandria has hosted many cultural events, both
regional and international, with a wide variety of activities in
the fine arts, poetry, music, history lectures as well as
Alexandria is one of the most vital and active resources for
contemporary culture and art in Egypt; its members represent the
top intellectuals and thinkers. Atelier of Alexandria is active
in all of the modern movements in art and culture, giving many
workshops and supporting established and emerging talents.
Atelier of Alexandria collaborates or organizes international
activities such as international youth salon (2006 /2007 /2008),
international workshop (2006 / 2008 ) and residency program.
Also Atelier had a collaboration in some workshops and projects
as a partner with association out of Egypt. For more information
it’s available on the website.
Alexandria is a member of the board of BJCEM biennale (The
International Association of the Biennial of Young Artists from
Europe and the Mediterranean) (la Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs
d'Europe et de la Méditerranée) and a member of Egyptian network
in ALF Anna Lindh Foundation for culture dialogue between Europe
Also Atelier is
a partner with CeSIE – Italy (Centro Studied Intiziative Europeo),
as a partner with ECM – Marseille (espace culture et