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Al Wasiti Art Center
Conceived and founded by four of the country’s leading artists, Sliman Mansour, Tayseer Barakaat, Nabil Anani, and Vera Tamari, Al Wasiti Art Center was established in 1994 in response to the need for a center specifically dedicated to the development of Palestinian fine arts.
This need arose out of several concerns. Throughout years of Israeli occupation, Palestinian artistic practice was severely constrained by the ruling authorities; artists were placed under town arrest, paintings confiscated, and exhibitions closed. Nevertheless, artistic creativity continued, albeit under extremely difficult circumstances. During this time, the Palestinian community had little opportunity to attend exhibitions, nor were they able to develop their understanding and appreciation of art.
Al-Wasiti Art Center was established with the aim of addressing this problem. Its specific objectives are to form a bridge between Palestine and the outside world for the exchange of artistic endeavor, to foster creative expression and professionalism in the arts, to provide published material and facilities for those seeking to develop their artistic knowledge and experience, and to provide specialized training in art education, emphasizing, through practical and theoretical channels, the role of art in developing aesthetic awareness amongst the public.
Al-Wasiti stages changing exhibitions throughout the year of both Palestinian and international contemporary art and also curates exhibitions of Palestinian art for touring overseas. It is also actively engaged in educating the younger generation in the field of art.