Art and design

Profiles of some of Britain's most exciting young Muslim contemporary artists.

Ruh al-'Alam combines inspiration from the rich traditions of the Islamic world with a variety of visual mediums to produce exciting graphic creations.


Mohammed Ali
is an award winning artist whose graffiti art has made the journey from the street to the gallery.

Asia Alfasi is a Libya-born comic artist.

Birzeit University on the West Bank houses a museum dedicated to modern Palestinian art. 

The David Collection Museum has a fine collection of Islamic art which can be viewed online. 

Discover Islamic Art is a virtual museum consisting of 18 ‘exhibitions’ and a permanent collection of the art and architecture of the great Islamic dynasties of the Mediterranean from the seventh to the twentieth century. Includes a section with excellent interactive learning activities.

Zaha Hadid Architects is the award-winning practice behind the 2012 Olympics Aquatics Centre fronted by Iraq-born Zaha Hadid.

Islamic Civilisations The British Museum has a fine Islamic Gallery. A KS3 teaching resource for exploring the collection includes six worksheets that focus on: religion and mosques, keeping control, buildings and architecture, courtly life, science, technology and medicine, travel and trade.

Eric Broug, Islamic Geometric Patterns Thames & Hudson, 2008

Book and CD that combines art, art history, geometry and maths. Includes software that enable you to create inticate patterns or re-create classical examples. Website includes an excellent section on history.

Leighton House Arab Hall was commissioned by Victorian artist, Lord Leighton, for his collection of Islamic tiles. This website has teaching resources about Leighton, his travels and art inspired by the ‘Orient’.

Egypt-born Ahmed Moustafa has lived and worked in London since 1974. He has taken the tradition of Arabic calligraphy into new and exciting media – stained glass, tapestries and paint.

The October Gallery in London specialises in exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art from all cultures around the planet. Galleries of work by artists from the Islamic world include Golnaz Fathi (Iran), Rachid Koraïchi (Algeria), Hassan Massoudy (Iraq), Laila Shawa (Palestine), Tajammul (Pakistan/UK), Wijdan (Jordan).

Born in the UK of mixed Pakistani-French descent, Soraya Syed is using traditional calligraphy techniques to create very personal styles of lettering for 21st century Britain.

Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East Online version of an exhibition put on by the British Museum. Includes video interviews with some of the artists.