Calligraffiti - by eL Seed

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'Multiple Identities' mural by el Seed

Not an exhibition, but a special work created by international calligraffiti artist eL Seed, on the wall of the Institute by the fountain.  Details of eL Seed's work may be viewed at http://elseed-art.com

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Exhibitions at The Street Gallery, IAIS

The Street Gallery is part of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and exhibits material culture and art with relevance to its academic interests, namely the Arab World, Middle East and Islam.

All exhibitions are open to the public Monday to Fridays (not public holidays) 9am - 5pm.

Sewn Planks and Clenched Nails: Shipbuilders of the Indian Ocean

11 October - 12 December 2018

By Alessandro Ghidoni

Sewn watercraft were predominant in the Indian Ocean until the arrival of the Europeans in the late 15th century.  The sewn-plank ships that sailed the Indian Ocean in the pre-modern Islamicperiod (622-1500 CE) were agents of trade, religion, and culture.  They connected the Indian Ocean and the litteral Islamic world, carrying people, goods, and ideas back and forth from East Africa to China.

Boats stitched with coconut fibre ropes have survived in the region until recently, despite the European influence.  Not long ago, sewn craft of different forms and size were built in Oman, Yemen, East Africa and India as fishing. lightering and cargo vessels.

This exhibition illustrates the sewn-plank techniques and technologies that persisted in the western Indian Ocean for millennia.  It will display a selection of images, boat models, construction samples, tools and materials.

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The Street Gallery is part of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and exhibits material culture and art with relevance to its academic interests, namely the Arab World, Middle East and Islam.

The Street is a non-commercial gallery, therefore admission is free, but administration costs are offset by a flat rate fee.  It is important to note that the gallery has not been purpose-built and therefore has limitations regarding security, daylight, humidity and lighting.  It is not situated in a position where the general public pass by. 

Proposals for exhibitions in The Street Gallery are welcomed and will be reviewed by the Institute’s Exhibitions Committee at regular meetings. The gallery is an exhibition venue and does not normally exhibit work for sale unless designated as an Art Exhibition, when a commission charge will be applied. 

If you would like to exhibit at the gallery please complete the proposal form and return it to the Insitute Administrator.

By post: The Street Gallery, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Stocker Road, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4ND.

Telephone: +44(0)1392 72 4039

E-mail: r.l.thomson@exeter.ac.uk

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