Landscapes of Palestine: New Perspectives since 1999
Concluding the events and activities around its exhibition, Intimate Terrains: Representations of a Disappearing Landscape, the Palestinian Museum is pleased to invite you to attend a symposium titled ‘Landscapes of Palestine: New Perspectives since 1999’ to be held on Monday 16 December at Muwatin Institute in Birzeit University, room 243 from 10:00 to 17:00.

The symposium aims to deepen the discussion around the Intimate Terrains exhibition and its central themes of Palestinian landscape, its transformations and artistic representations, and our relationship to place. It also investigates topics that expand on these themes. read more

Public and Education Programme of Intimate Terrains

The Public and Education Programme includes a series of workshops, activities and educational programmes targeted at students and families. These include; art workshops, interactive tours, family and study days, and a series of lectures, seminars, and intellectual encounters that are planned around the monthly themes of the exhibition Intimate Terrains, Representations of a Disappearing Landscape: April: Ecosystem, May: Palestine in Western representations, June: Visual Arts, July: Cultural Heritage, August: Geography, September: Architecture under occupation, October: Movement, November: Literature, December: Political history and negotiations.

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The Palestinian Museum Ambassadors 

Museum Ambassadors at the Palestinian Museum are a mobile source of information that connects the Museum’s team with the public. Their role is to work outside the museum, within the university premises, among a circle of friends and/or in any event they may be involved in to introduce people to the Palestinian Museum and to communicate the different events hosted by the museum.

The Ambassadors will represent the Palestinian Museum with integrity and enthusiasm and will be responsible for community-building and initiating a museum culture as well as sharing the Museum’s vision. An ambassador should be an advocate of the Palestinian Museum’s different projects and exhibitions, they should also engage with university students to encourage and raise their interest in the Palestinian Museum through organising group gatherings, classes or different students’ assemblies, giving a brief about the museum, and extending an invitation to visit exhibitions and the Museum gardens. read more

The public and educational programme of Labour of Love

Labour of Love is accompanied by a public programme of talks and events in parallel to the exhibition. These address the exhibition's key ideas and themes, and include an interactive educational program tailored for children, schools, and university students. The latter draws upon learning materials developed specifically for the exhibition.

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The public programme of Jerusalem Lives

The public programme of the Jerusalem Lives exhibition seeks to instigate a continuous state of direct cooperation with the social, national and civic institutions in Jerusalem that create the stories of collective resistance, reinforce Jerusalemites’ perseverance and provide them with real support.
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The dance theatre performance “Against a Hard Surface”

“Against a Hard Surface” is a poetic, political dance theatre piece by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YDST), a non-profit organisation based in New York City and Palestine. The performance was created by YSDT’s Artistic Director Samar Haddad King and the theatre director Amir Nizar Zuabi, and was produced in cooperation with the Palestinian Museum.

The performance discusses the long-term impact of living under occupation. The 70- minute performance attempts to explore the mechanisms that lead to shaping the attributes of survival and sustainability amid an environment that acquiesces under extreme pressure. The natural evolution is expedited by political tension and violence. At a time when checkpoints and the Apartheid Wall continue to cut Palestinians off from the world, this isolated environment and other elements constitute an experimentation field for the extent of the flexibility and adaptability of the human race.

“Against a Hard Surface” was produced in partnership with the Ramallah First Troupe, and with the support of the A.M. Qattan Foundation’s 2016 Performance Award and the Sofia Linch Foundation.

In line with its interest in the contemporary arts, the Palestinian Museum is a major partner in the Qalandia International.

Was founded in 2012 as a joint contemporary art event that takes place every two years across Palestinian cities and villages. Qi aims to place Palestine on the world’s cultural map by producing a series of exhibitions, as well as performances, talks, film screenings, workshops and tours that open up channels for dialogue and exchange, both locally and internationally. As a partnership between art and culture organizations, Qi works collectively to join forces to unify a fragmented geography.

Qi2016, ‘This Sea is Mine’, launches between 5 to 31 October, crossing the borders of Palestine to Amman, Beirut and London, contemplating return and refuge for Palestine and the region.

In 2014, the Palestinian Museum participated in Qalandiya International Biennale for the first time. Titled “Archives, Lived and Shared”, Qalandiya International II was launched on 22 October and ran until 15 November. read more

Qalandiya International 2016

"This Sea is Mine"

In an attempt to suggest a different point of entry and to dust off the layers of repetitive manifestations of the Nakba and imagined “Return”, Qalandiya International adopts “This Sea is Mine” as the title of Qi 2016. The Sea, which has inadvertently been omitted from our narrative and the agendas of our politicians, and subsequently been transformed into another component of the siege, or a trap for those fleeing death, could potentially elevate the question of this right from the possibilities of politics to the realm of obviousness. It may be able to position Palestine and the Palestinians in their rightful historic and geographical place and enable us to reclaim our organic ties with the future and the world.

The Palestinian Museum is organizing a series of Symposiums:

"The Palestinian Museum in Context:

The Role of Museums Worldwide in the Early 21st Century"
Utilizing social change and advances in technology, museums worldwide have been improving programmes to enhance visitors’ experience. Aware of these changes, The Palestinian Museum will present new perspectives on these issues.
Speakers: Reem Fadda, Dr. Myriame Morel, Dr. Mahmoud Hawari.
Moderator: Vera Tamari.
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This Symposium is organised during Qalandiya International encounters.

"The Theme of the Sea in Palestinian Art & Culture"

In Palestine, the presence of the sea in literary and artistic works has been intensified as an inevitable compensation for its absence from daily life. What are the various representations of the sea in artistic works and fictitious narratives? What are the new meanings engendered from the transformation of the sea from a place/actuality/geography into a mysterious spot in the imagination? Why and how do we interpret the sea? And where do we see ourselves in such a metaphor?
Speakers: Dr. Salim Tamari, Khaled Hourani, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Hashhash.
Moderator: Fatin Farhat.
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"At the Seams: A Political History of Palestinian Embroidery"

Curator Rachel Dedman introduces The Palestinian Museum’s first satellite exhibition ‘At the Seams: a Political History of Palestinian Embroidery’, and the research that was undertaken. The panel of guest speakers will explore the history and the political context of Palestinian embroidery from the nineteenth century until today, considering its roles in the Palestinian resistance in the 1970s, the Intifada, and the needle work of contemporary NGOs. The Embroiderers, a film commissioned for the exhibition, will be screened as part of the evening.
Speakers: Rachel Dedman (the exhibition curator), Sliman Mansour, Farida Al ’Amad.
Moderator: Tania Tamari Nasir.
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Children's Workshop
An Educational Art Programme for School Children on the Theme 'This sea is Mine'
This series of workshops are based on Qi's theme 'This Sea is Mine' where school children, with the assistance of a Palestinian artist, will explore the meaning and connotation of the sea in their lives, and how they can express thier reflections of the sea through different art works.

In addition to the symposia series, the Palestinian Museum organises a set of tours
The Palestinian Museum is organising guided tours to its building in Birzeit.