Since its inception in 1998, the Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art has established itself as one of the region’s leading independent spaces for the arts, providing an extensive programme of visual arts, film, theatre and music. In addition, community development initiatives as well as educational programmes figure significantly in our multiple mandates.
Townhouse Gallery has expanded over the course of the last years to accommodate for demands in the realm of visual and performative arts. The opening of the annex in 2001 (the closest thing Townhouse has had to a white cube paradigm), and the factory space (a 650-meter former paper factory) in the spring of 2002, have significantly expanded our programme, as well as our exhibition space. Today, the gallery stands as one of the largest private exhibition space in the middle East.
Former use : closed old apartment building and factory/garage
Location : city, downtown
Foundation year of the centre : 1998
Infrastructures / Facilities
Social and artistic disciplines
visual art, film, video, installations, dance, theatre, music
residencies, discussions, exhibitions, workshops, performances, concerts, festivals
Other structures/organisations resident on the site
Center for the Contemporary Image