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Jeddah Photography & Exhibition Workshop

date: 14-29 November, 2017

A unique photography and exhibition workshop in Jeddah led by internationally acclaimed photographer......  More »
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Culture in Crisis: From Cairo to Aleppo; exploring the photographic archive of K.A.C Creswell

date: Friday, 3 November 2017

An in-depth exploration of a unique archive of Middle Eastern topographical photographs dating from ......  More »
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Barakat 30th Anniversary

date: Thurs 5th Oct 2017

Since 1987 The Barakat Trust, with the help of its supporters, has raised and distributed funds for ......  More »
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Matisse in Studio and his Islamic collections

date: Fri 22nd Sept 2017

Matisse in StudioStep into the studio of Henri Matisse, brimming with the artist’s treasured objects......  More »
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#HealingGrenfell Science & Inventions camp

date: 31 July - 25 August 2017

The Barakat Trust is offering culturally nuanced Summer camps to Grenfell survivors and communities.......  More »
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The Postal History of Saudi Arabia

date: July 20th 2017

This is a rare opportunity to get an insight into a private collection of Postal History of Saudi Ar......  More »
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Culture Vultures: Islamic Science & Inventions

date: July 10th - July 14th 2017

Immerse yourself in the vibrant art and culture scene of London and inspire the kids during school h......  More »
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Short Art courses in London

date: July and August 2017

Barakat members can enjoy a 20% discount on practical Art courses offered by The Prince's School of ......  More »
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Culture Vultures: Islamic Miniatures & Noble Sports

date: July 17th - July 21st 2017

Immerse yourself in the vibrant art and culture scene of London and inspire the kids during school h......  More »
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Culture Vultures: Islamic art & Design

date: July 24th - July 28th 2017

Immerse yourself in the vibrant art and culture scene of London and inspire the kids during school h......  More »
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Barakat Family Eid Fair

date: Sun 9th July 2017

Join us for a great family funday out to celebrate Eid with friends and family! Bring the kids, gran......  More »
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Mishcon de Reya Eid Dinner

date: Wed 28th June 2017

Leading law firm Mishcon de Reya are industry sponsor of Barakat's 30th Anniversary Gala taking plac......  More »
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Culture Vultures

date: Mon 29th May - Fri 2nd June 2017

Immerse yourself in the vibrant art and culture scene of London and inspire the kids during school h......  More »
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Ashmolean Museum 'Power & Protection' curated tour

date: Wed 21st Dec 2016

Supported by the Barakat Trust, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford is exhibiting 'Power & Protection; Isla......  More »
Barakat Family Funday

Migrating Histories - Moving Identities

date: Sun 6th Nov 2016

On Sunday 6th Nov, the Barakat Trust hosted an family fun day with arts & craft, performance story t......  More »
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Artists in Conversation

date: 3rd Nov 2016

Immerse yourself in conversation with the artists and share your migrating history....  More »
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Preview - 'Migrating Histories - Moving Identities'

date: 22nd Oct 2016

Join us for the Preview of 'Migrating Histories - Moving Identities' curated by the Barakat Trust, p......  More »
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RBKC's Nour Festival of Arts

date: 21st Oct - 6th Nov 2016

This year’s festival has now come to a close. For 17 glorious days, Nour has shone light on the best......  More »
Barakat website launch

Barakat Website Launch

date: 12 October 2016

Join us for the launch of the Barakat Trust’s website, enjoy a private screening of its work, meet t......  More »


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Celebrating 30 years of The Barakat Trust

Celebrating 30 years of support for the study, preservation and appreciation of Islamic art, heritage and culture, The Barakat Trust hosted its grand 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner at The British Museum last week, under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The evening was compered by BBC journalist and newsreader Asad Ahmad, and was attended by 270 guests, with a number of VIP guests.

Guest speakers included Venetia Porter of The British Museum, about the reasons for the Museum’s support for Barakat Trust followed by Professor Jeremy Johns, Chairman of Barakat’s Academic Advisory Committee based at the University of Oxford, who spoke passionately about the history, inception and evolution of The Barakat Trust over the years.

The keynote speaker, His Excellency Omar Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to Russia, delivered a speech on the importance of preserving heritage and culture for future generations, and concluded with book signing of 300 donated copies of his latest publication, “Letters to a Young Muslim.”

A Middle-Eastern style three course gourmet dinner was served against a backdrop of Arab fusion jazz, courtesy of renowned Egyptian jazz band, Harfoush.

The dinner was followed by a live auction led by Sotheby’s main auctioneer, Lord Mark Poltimore, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe and Chairman of Sotheby’s Russia & Scandinavia. Alongside the live auction, a silent auction and project pledges ran throughout the evening.

The Barakat Trust and Barakat Culture CIC would like to thank its guests, donors, sponsors and supporters for playing a part in its heritage preservation efforts.

The event was sponsored by prominent businesses from the world of law, finance, banking, lifestyle & art: The British Museum, Mishcon de Reya, Sotheby’s, Citi Private, Ploutos International, Ozoza Lifestyle, and NYLA Consults. Other partners and auction donors were: DN Design, LX Travel, Turkish airlines, Mathaf Gallery, NYLA Gallery, Azza Fahmy, Athr Gallery, artists Dana Awartani, Ali Omar Ermes, Nasser Al Salem, Daniah Alsaleh and Halima Casell.

To view the highlights of the Gala from start to finish visit

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Sat 22 october 2016

Preview of 'Migrating Histories - Moving Identities'

Nestled in the heart of South Kensington, NYLA gallery played host to the Barakat Trust's exhibition 'Migrating Histories - Moving Identities' part of RBKC's Nour festival of Arts.

The preview showcased a visual dialogue between reinterpreted maps and diagrammatic representations expressing the intimate relationship between peoples, histories, cultures and their natural environment. Set within the context of the constantly evolving and rapidly changing face of the Middle East, themes around migration, polarisation, destruction of heritage and the impact on identity and the human body are explored. A sense of continuous movement and migration of cultural landscapes is evoked by a range of emerging and international artists using a diverse range of mediums from mixed media, digital and textiles.

‘The story of migration can be full of hope and optimism and beauty yet at the same time destructive and full of horror. Now more then ever, the focus needs to remain on the visual stories of migrating histories and our moving identities. We have all migrated from somewhere…

Who are we? And where do we come from? And does it even matter?’ these were the questions and conversations buzzing around the evening as guests became involved in the interactive map wall installation inviting visitors to map their 'migrating histories'! Other works included digital maps by NYLA and Hadiyah Hussain, an installation by Khaver Idrees, limited edition prints by Kevin Jackson and a series of moving photographs by journalist and writer Sarah ElRashidi,

All the artists, to some degree or another, have been touched by the story of migration whether through their personal journey and cultural ancestry or the present day cultural landscape of media and politics. Some of the artists have taken objects and earth from the Middle East and reinterpreted this in mixed media work to create a sense of beauty juxtaposed with a sense of horror allowing the onlooker to draw their own conclusions.

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12 Oct 2016

Launch of Barakat Website

On Wednesday 12 October, nestled in the heart of South Kensington, trustees and members of Oxford University based Academic Advisory Committee came together with friends, members, students and families to launch the Barakat's new website. With mouth watering canapes, guests previewed the new website and helped raised funds for some of the charity's future projects including an online digital archive, 'curated culture' package for children and how to get involved.

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Barakat Trust featured in Patronage in the Middle East by Thames & Hudson

The Barakat Trust was mentioned in Thames & Hudson's 'Art Patronage In the Middle East'

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Barakat Trust 25th Anniversary Dinner 2015 - Sponsored by Aston Martin

Sponsored by Aston Martin Saudi Arabia, The Barakat Trust celebrated 25 years of incredible support and preservation of Islamic culture.

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Grantee Profile

Ahmed Mustafa exhibition

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1943, Dr. Ahmed Moustafa is an artist and scholar of international rep...

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    Harpers Bazaar Arabia featuring Barakat Trustee

    Abir Dajani Tuqan takes Bazaar on a journey through a rich and textured life that includes an enviable collection of fashion moments More »

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    Art & Patronage - The Middle East by Thames & Hudson

    The Barakat Trust was featured in 'Art & Patronage The Middle East' published by Thames & Hudson. More »

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    Barakat Culture Vulture Kids Camp was featured in Arab London. More »

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    Arab News

    Arab News has consistently featured the growth and evolution of the Barakat Trust from its early years to the present day. More »

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    The Wells of Memory

    One of the first travelers in a century to walk through the Hejaz desert of Saudi Arabia, Paul Salopek encounters a fabled past of caravans and pilgrims, of empires come and gone. He encounters cultural preservationists including trustees of The Barakat Trust. More »