Artwork: Jeea Mirza

The Art of Islamic Pattern: A Living Tradition

EXHIBITION: 2 July – 4 November 2019

The Education Centre, Homerton University Hospital,  NHS Foundation Trust, Homerton Row, London E9 6SR

PRIVATE VIEW 2 July 6-8pm.

VISITS BY APPOINTMENT Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm


Over the last 10 years there has been resurgence of interest in Islamic art as a contemporary art practice. The Art of Islamic Pattern, an educational partnership formed by Richard Henry and Adam Williamson in 2008, has been at the heart of this revival. From their studio in Hackney Wick, and more recently in Bow, East London, they have taught several hundred students practical skills in this venerable art form. The courses have centred upon geometric design, Arabesque floral motifs, and traditional craft practice. The works presented in this show, comprising painting, ceramics, woodwork, works on silk, have all been produced by former students and colleagues, many of whom have gone on to be successful artists in their own right.

Islamic art is renowned for its use of exquisite designs, which resonate with the most harmonious patterns found within nature and the cosmos. With the focus upon unity and harmony, rediscovering and recreating these designs, can be a deeply meditative experience. It is a particular pleasure to have the opportunity to display these works at Homerton University Hospital. Whilst there has been considerable interest in recent decades in the therapeutic potential of visual art, we believe this is the first time a show dedicated to Islamic art has been presented within a London hospital setting.


Boris Aldridge, Hasret Brown, Taufiq Dawood, Emma Ferris, Richard Henry,

Ameet Hindocha, Aziza Iqbal, Semira Kahsai, Sandy Kurt, Margi Lake, Xiaoxiao Ma, Sama Mara,

Jeea Mirza, Maaida Noor, Raanaz Shahid, Shehana Udat, Adam Williamson.