Transition Emerging Middle Eastern Artists

Last Wednesday, we were welcomed by the Menier Gallery to the exhibition opening of Transition: Emerging Middle Eastern Artists. The three week long exhibition is running from the 15th August to the 2nd of August in the South East London gallery. The works pertain to how the Arab region has seen a transition both collectively and individually.

The diverse artworks range from calligraphy, sculptures, paintings and photography, to neon light and video installations, live performances and zines. The works prompt the viewers to engage in a dialogue about how artists from the Arab region are transitioning through life.

Over 30 emerging Middle Eastern Artists participated in the exhibition, a highlight of which exhibition is Ayham Jbar’s ‘Two Worlds’. The surreal collages merge iPhone photos of Damascus with vintage illustrations of space. In his works, Ayham shares his love of science fiction films, stories and films and uses the mix of mediums and eras to draw parallels to the Syrian civil war.

These works of art showcase a diverse and refreshing selection of work that encourages the viewer to engage in a dialogue about the power of connection and the complexities of change geographically, personally or artistically.



Saudi Pavilion in Top Ten Again!

This week we were very excited to find out that the Saudi Pavilion is once again in the top 10 most visited pavilions at the Astana Expo.

Other most visited pavilions included those from Russia, Japan and India.

For the full list visit the official Astana Expo website.

Expo has been open for two months and has seen well over 2 million visitors. With one month to go, we’re excited to continue welcoming guests to the Saudi Pavilion and celebrate Saudi National Day on the 22nd August.



كما يعتبر الجناح السعودي من بين العشر الأجنحة الأكثر زيارة في المعرض.

يقام معرض “إكسبو2017 “حاليًا في كازاخستان، أستانا ويعتبر ثالث أكبر حدث دولي والذي يستقبل ملايين الزوار خلال ثلاثة أشهر حيث تشارك فيه 115 دولة، إضافة إلى 18 جهة ومنظمة دولية.
تشارك المملكة العربية السعودية في هذا الحدث الدولي المهم في جناح تُشرف عليه مدينة الملك عبدالله للطاقة الذرية والمتجددة، بعنوان “طاقة المستقبل”. يهدف المعرض لتثقيف الجمهور بالموارد المتاحة للإنسان وتطوير استخدام الطاقة المستدامة في ضوء رؤية المملكة 2030. استقطب الجناح السعودي منذ افتتاحه في يونيو الماضي نخبة من القادة وكبار الشخصيات، وعددًا كبيرًا من الزوار حيث وصل عدد الضيوف الذين استقبلهم الجناح من مختلف الأعمار والجنسيات إلى أكثر من 300 ألف زائر. كما يعتبر الجناح السعودي من بين العشر الأجنحة الأكثر زيارة في المعرض.
يستمتع زوار الجناح السعودي برحلة ممتعة، يجوبون خلالها مناطق المملكة المختلفة ويستعرضون أهم معالمها ويتابعون تطورها على مختلف الأصعدة العمرانية والصناعية والاقتصادية. كل يوم تقريبًا يحتفل المعرض بالأيام الوطنية من مختلف البلدان، حيث سيحتفل جناح المملكة باليوم الوطني في 22 أغسطس 2017 وستقام فعاليات متميزة ومتنوعة تعزز التراث الثقافي والهوية الوطنية، متضمنة أعمال فوتوغرافية عن المملكة ورسم مباشر أمام الزوار عن التراث السعودي كما سيحظى الزائر بتجربة الزي السعودي والاستمتاع بالفن الموسيقي الشعبي.


Saudi in the Top 5 Most Photographable Pavilions

This week Expo 2017 have compiled a list of the top 5 pavilions to take the most interesting and unusual photos in. And, we’re very happy that the Saudi Pavilion has been included!

There are lots of exciting photo opportunities inside the Pavilion, from having your photo taken next to portraits of the royal family, to posing with Fatima the Falcon and wearing traditional Saudi dress.

Check out the official Astana Expo Instagram account for a video of the top 5 pavilions, and the Saudi Expo account for more photos of the event. Here are some of our favorite pictures so far:


Recent Adventures

Gaetan’s quite the jet-setter and he’s certainly been living up to this reputation recently and travelling across much of the GCC region.

He’s had a busy few weeks which have seen him training presenters to deliver a flight-themed science show for the Abu Dhabi Education Council, performing at the Think Science Festival in Dubai, and visiting and mentoring the Energy Exhibit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

He’s currently back in the London office and between catching up with emails and developing exciting new things, he’s going to be writing a blog about his adventures. Stay tuned…!


TalentS|KCA at Think Science, Dubai

Next week the TalentS|KCA team are returning to Dubai for the annual Think Science Fair.

The three-day event in the heart of Dubai provides an opportunity for students to engage with industry professionals, learn about cutting-edge research, try hands-on demonstrations, and be inspired by large scale science shows.

Think Science aims to develop the science skills of young people in the UAE and connect them with the wider world of technology and industry, showcasing the wealth of opportunities open to them within the sector.

Gaetan and Khaled will be back at the show again this year, inspiring visitors with daily explosive and phenomena-based science shows during the fair. This year we have also developed a series of science busking activities and trained volunteers to present them throughout the event.

The show runs from the 18-20th April at the Dubai World Trade Centre. For further information see the poster below (it even features our very own Gaetan).



Storytelling at the Etihad Museum

Last week Ant, Annie and Claire were in Dubai to continue our work with the Etihad Museum.

Ant worked with the Senior Management Team and provided mentorship for the newly opened Museum.

Claire has been developing Family and School Resources over the past few months and was in Dubai to go through some of the finishing touches for them and evaluation processes. It’s been a really exciting and creative project and we’re very much looking forward to being able to share more soon!

Annie was back in Dubai and working with the Museum’s guides once more, this time training them to deliver the elementary school program. The program takes the form of an interactive storytelling which tells the story of the unification of the United Arab Emirates and the Founding Fathers who made it possible.

Storytelling is integral to Emirati culture and the guides were very excited for the activity as an elementary school offer. They were very enthusiastic in training, adding personal touches into their delivery and learning how stories can effectively engage young visitors. More details about the elementary (and middle and high school) program coming soon..!


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Mishkat’s Director Joins NAMES Board

Mishkat’s Executive Director, Abdulaziz AlHegelan, is the newest Member of the NAMES Board of Directors.

Abdulaziz has worked for Mishkat four years and joined the team after completing his degree in Industrial Engineering. He was appointed Executive Director at the end of last year.

Mishkat is an active member of NAMES, the network for North African and Middle Eastern Science Museums and Centres. In October last year several Mishkat team members spoke at the biennial NAMES conference- read more about it here.

Congratulations on your appointment Abdulaziz, we look forward to seeing the continuing development of the relationship between the NAMES network, Mishkat and engaging science education in Saudi Arabia!


Visits to the Science Museum

This week we went to the Science Museum in London to see the new Mathetmatics gallery. The gallery was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and explores how mathematics has shaped our world, from sailing to engineering, garden design and economics.

In the middle of the gallery hangs a Handley Page aircraft. When the plane was built in 1929 its design was experimental and unusual in using cutting edge aerodynamic research, an which remains important in mathematical research today. This mathematical research was used as inspiration for the gallery design, with the airflow around the plane visualised as enormous 3D curls suspended from the ceiling.

And of course no visit to the Science Museum is complete for us without attending a show. See Explainer Esther below wowing the audience with the science of fire and explosions during Flash! Bang! Wallop!



Great reviews for the Etihad Museum

It’s three weeks since the Etihad Museum opened to the public and the Museum, and its staff, are receiving wonderful reviews. Here’s a selection from the Museum’s visitor book

The architecturally stunning museum is also providing fantastic photo opportunities, here’s a selection of visitors’ photos that were shared on Instagram with the #etihadmuseum hashtag.

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