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Al Noor ~ Fragile Vision 2014

Bahrain - Oman - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - UK

Created and Directed by Rachel Gadsden

Al Noor ~ Fragile Vision - is a multi-cultural collaborative project between UK and Middle East communities and arts organizations which will consider perceptions as to disability, culture, diversity and openness about impairment. An exhibition of artworks, animated digital films and an extensive residency outreach workshop programme in UK and Middle East, underpinned by themes relating to fragility and resilience, directed by Rachel Gadsden in collaboration with artists in UK and Middle East, will promote a blueprint of positive cultural values for communities and individuals who are addressing chronic health conditions and dealing with the politics and mythologies surrounding disability.

“The word Al Noor itself has a big positive meaning full of hope and determination. Working with Rachel on Al Noor Fragile Vision project in partnership with Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar Museums, Qatar University, Al Ruqaya School, Al Noor School for the Blind and Hope Qatar made this project a national project with benefit to all. This project was very inspiring and life changing not only to students and families who were involved, but also for us as British Council staff who worked closely with blind and disabled young people and disabled professionals and listened to their success stories and challenges that life has put in their way. Rachel as a role model is the person you need in your life to remember that nothing is impossible in life and that with determination and commitment you can fly high”.
Waseem Kotoub
Head of Arts and Creativity British Council, Qatar

Al Noor ~ Fragile Vision DaDaFest 2014
Exhibiiton Review

Jade French for Disability Arts OnLine

Click to watchAl Noor Fragile ~ Vision Film (9.333 mins)
This short film Al Noor ~ Fragile Vision has been directed and created by Rachel Gadsden and Abigail Norris (filmmaker) in collaboration with British Council Qatar. This short film gives a narrative insight into the outreach artistic activity in Bahrain and Qatar and expresses the creative and cultural ambitions of the commission.

Al Noor ~ Fragile Vision is created in partnership with Arts Council England, British Council UK, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, DadaFest 2014, the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar, Qatar University, Al Riwaq Gallery, Bahrain, and Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF).