The Islamic Art and Material Culture SSN UK


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Following a successful funding bid to ACE the Islamic SSN is now able to launch a new programme of activities dedicated to Islamic calligraphy.

This scheme focuses on calligraphy in Arabic script on a range of object types. Through an open application system, we will select three participating institutions in England who will receive support from experts in collections and engagement. The support scheme aims to identify, and where possible translate, Arabic (or Persian / Urdu) inscriptions on up to 50 objects per institution. Further support will create a plan and help to deliver engagement around these objects. Outputs will include a collections report, engagement plan and support from an artist specialising in calligraphy in Arabic to deliver outreach events in a format that is repeatable and sustainable in the long-term.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 18th April 2019. The results will be communicated by early May 2019.

Full guidelines are available here.


Interested in Islamic metalwork? Check out our latest funding opportunity in our "Funding" section!

STUDY DAY: East Meets West: Objects in Renaissance Paintings

Wednesday 16 January 2019, 11:00 am - 15:30 pm

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

This collaborative Study Day will explore the exhibition Lorenzo Lotto's Portraits and the National Gallery's wider Renaissance collection through the theme of 'East meets West.'

A detailed description and a programme is available here and on the following website:

To book a place and apply for a travel bursary, please submit this booking form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8 January 2019.

The Study Day is jointly organised by the Islamic Art and Material Culture SSN and the SSN of European Paintings pre-1900 and supported by the Pilgrim Trust.



The V&A will be hosting a screening of the award-winning film, The Tentmakers of Cairo (Kim Beamish, 2015), on the evening of 12th October. This is a free event but seats are limited so you needs to book a ticket to ensure your space!

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