Tag: Jessica El Mal

This autumn half term join LAAF and the Lady Lever Lever Art Gallery to learn about the maps of 12th Century Arab explorer Muhammad Al-Idrisi. Have a go at making your own maps using printmaking and other techniques in this exciting, free workshop with artist Jessica El Mal, as part of the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival cultural education programme.

Family workshop for ages 11+

Address: Village, Lower Rd, Port Sunlight, Bebington, Wirral CH62 5EQ

Book tickets here: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/whatson/lady-lever-art-gallery/event/exploring-al-idrisi-map-making-workshop

Al-Idrisi was a explorer and map maker born in Morocco in 1100AD who left his home aged 16 to explore the world. The maps he created are some of the earliest conceptions of the earth being round.

In this workshop we will explore how Al-Idrisi made his maps, and have a go at creating some of our own using a range of techniques such as print making.

Jessica El Mal is a writer, artist and curator based between Marrakech, Manchester and London. Her work often explores the concept of borders, ecology and migration.


Grounds for ConcernCollective mapping workshop
Time/date: 1-3pm, Saturday 17 July
Venue: Maker Space at FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ

This workshop invites participants with migrant backgrounds. Participants will be paid an honorarium for attending. Please bring a laptop, tablet or phone, if possible. 

Spaces are limited. To book a place please email: admin@arabicartsfestival.co.uk

Join us for a collective mapping workshop inspired by the themes of Jessica El Mal’s installation Grounds for Concern, on display at Mann Island Atrium between 16 July – 15 August as part of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2021.

Using printing and college, participants will reappropriate maps and reimagine borders significant to them. This will include legal treaties, geo-political policies, economic and ecological developments, as well as land acquisitions, affecting the area between the European Union (EU) and North Africa.

Grounds for Concern delves deeper into the history of borders and land acquisition, exploring the cultural and collective potentials of how to rewrite what we think we know about the world. In this workshop, research is used as an artistic tool against division and property.

In partnership with Open Eye Gallery and Bluecoat.

About Jessica El Mal

Jessica El Mal is an English-Moroccan creative dedicated to valuing time, care and human connection in everything she works on. With a particular interest in ecology and migration, her work is both deeply personal and yet draws on the universality of the human experience through a balance of digital techniques, aesthetics and interaction. The work tends to address global structures of power through critical research, multidisciplinary projects, and speculative future imaginaries often centered around collaboration, co-curation and collective knowledge systems.