Performance Art in the Arab World.

Photo from a performance by Tashweesh.

Delfina Foundation is thrilled to announce the launch of our first crowdfunding campaign. With your help, we hope to raise £15,000 to stage a groundbreaking exhibition on performance art in the Arab world through rare archives and new contemporary artworks. The project has been selected by an independent jury to be part of the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative and is featured on Art Basel’s curated page on Kickstarter.

With your support, we want to use our residency programme as a platform for a curator and two artists to undertake vital research into the history of Arab performance art and to produce a major exhibition in London.  If we achieve our goal, we will stage the exhibition in July 2015 in the project space of a major London arts institution in partnership with Shubbak – London’s festival of contemporary Arab culture.  The project would form part of our new thematic programme Performance as Process.

Since Arab performance art has historically been embedded within theatre, dance, and visual arts, its evolution has not been as understood – or visible – compared to other cultures.  As performance art becomes more popular internationally, it is time to share the little known history of Arab performance art with the world and to also provide a major platform for contemporary artists working today.  In addition to creating a career-defining opportunity for the those involved, we want to create an invaluable resource for future artists, academics, critics and audiences with your help.

For more information on the campaign and how to contribute, please visit:

Every little helps, from £1 to £1,000.