The Public Outreach Program aims to promote Palestinian contemporary culture and life through creative encounters that target primarily the younger generation of artists and performers. It is a platform to showcase young talent in music, art, literature and cinema, as well as presenting a rich program of talks and performances about the city and its history, interpolated by an assortment of culinary activities involving local chefs and non-professional members of the community. Artists, writers, historians, musicians and performers are invited to give public performances including talks, discussions, readings, shows and film screenings with the aim to bring together community members and creative individuals in a shared space for experimentation, entertainment and free expression.

Helaneh's Curtain

Vera Tamari 

Exhibited in " Never Part" (2009-2010). 


Jerusalem is an austere city. Jerusalem is a magical city. My work explores the juxtaposition of the two meanings “austerity” and “magic” through an object made by my paternal grandmother Helaneh Abdo Tamari.  Helaneh, born and raised in Jerusalem almost 140 years ago, was herself ingrained with austerity and ruled by the Jerusalem traditions.  This work is a tribute to her and to the city, transcending the realm of severity to other territories where fantasy becomes a necessary tool to survive the burdens of time and memory.

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Vera Tamari was born in 1945 in Jerusalem. She received her BA in Fine Arts in Beirut in 1966, specialized in Ceramics at the Institute of Statale per le Ceramica in Florence, ITaly (1972-1974), and received her M. Phil. degree in Islamic Art and Architecture from the University of Oxford in 1984. She is a founding member of Al-Wasiti Art Center in Jerusalem and the "New Visions Art Group", and is currently a lecturer of Islamic Art and Architecture at Birzeit University.