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Qalam: the art of beautiful writing

Qalam: the art of beautiful writing

Location: Birmingham Museum

2nd November 2013 - 26th January 2014

Calligraphy, or the art of beautiful writing, is held in great esteem by Muslims in the UK and worldwide. The exhibition brings this vibrant and distinctive art form to the heart of Birmingham, showcasing historic manuscripts, decorated objects and contemporary art. Enjoy the beauty and harmony of Islamic penmanship with your family and friends and learn how its aesthetic appeal crosses borders of time, space, language and culture.

Free exhibition. Galleries 12 and 13.

Upcoming events accompanying the exhibition:

Calligraphy workshop for adults
Sat 18 Jan 2014, 11am-1pm, Art Classroom (Learning Zone)
With Soraya Syed, leading practitioner of the art of Islamic penmanship.
Tickets £10.25 – places are limited and advance booking is essential. FULLY BOOKED

Calligraphy workshop for families
Sat 18 Jan 2014, 2-4pm, Activity Area
With Soraya Syed, leading practitioner of the art of Islamic penmanship.
£3 per child. Drop in

Guided Tour
Thurs 23rd Jan - 1-2pm
Join curator, Dr Rebecca Bridgman, for a tour of the Qalam exhibition. 
£3, drop-in. Meet at the vestibule reception, near the Round Room

Documentary film and discussion
Sat 25 Jan 2014, 2-4pm, AV Room, Gas Hall
Film and open discussion of Muslim women's experiences of the 'hijab' and 'niqab'. Led by Dr Haifaa Jawad (University of Birmingham).
Free. Drop in

Guided tours
We will also offer guided tours in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Bengali. For more information please call 0121 303 1966.


Writing case

Image: Writing case. Kashmir, 19th century.