Sacred Practices

Sacred Practices

Sacred Practices

Sacred Practices is a tribute to my grandfather Mohamed Janahi and his meditative artistic practice. At the heart of it is an intimate dialogue between our works. The exhibition unveils my grandfather’s imaginative world through a collection of his ingenious drawings, patterns, and objects inspired by his childhood memories and craft as a builder. The works are a testament to his innovative eyes for geometries, but mostly, they offer a glimpse into his gentle and playful approach to life.

I grew up watching my grandfather practice his art of making through a personal process of repetition and immersion. The meditative practice became an invitation of self expression, and gifting his pieces as a symbol of showing affection. His creations inspired my pieces that aim to encapsulate the essence of him and his work through ethereal spatial experiences, woven with dedication, appreciation and shared moments with my family.

Sacred Practices tells a story that crosses generations; how my grandfather's devotion to his craft and the sentiment behind his work inspired me to channel his legacy through a process of iterating and reflecting collectively.


About the Artist

Noor Alwan

Noor Alwan (b.1990, Kingdom of Bahrain) is a multidisciplinary artist and architect whose work explores the tangible and intangible constituents of spaces, and views art as a placemaking tool. She creates art installations that aim to transform physical spaces into emotional landscapes for connection and reflection. Her practice is rooted in social engagement where she bridges her personal narratives with collective experiences to foster conversations amongst people around shared memories and sentiments.

Noor holds a master's degree in architecture with a specialization in inclusive design from The University at Buffalo. She was a recipient of the Misk Art Grant in 2021, and the 3rd place winner of The 45th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts exhibition in 2019. She exhibited her work in group exhibitions across Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, The UAE, and The UK. Noor is also the co-founder of TOFI, a multidimensional art collaboration that works at the convergence of art and technology with an approach that is speculative, exploratory and whimsical.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the residency only for visual arts?

No, it is open to all artists from different disciplines.

How long is the residency programme?

12 working weeks, from 28 January to 28 April 2024.

Please note the residency will coincide with the holy month of Ramadan as well as the Eid Holidays. Studio opening hours will be adjusted as appropriate during that period. 

Will there be an exhibition at the end of the residency?

Yes, participants' artwork and projects will be showcased in an exhibition at the end of the residency. The exhibition concept will be formulated and developed in discussion with the artists in residence. 

The exhibition will be developed in collaboration with Al Riwaq’s curation team, led by William Wells, and will open on 25 June 2024. 

Does this programme support research residencies?

Al Riwaq is open to receiving research-based resident artists, within Application 003 or independently. 

Artists seeking the unfamiliar around the corner, are welcome to apply for a  research-driven residency that can revolve around peer-to-peer exchange, and knowledge and understanding, not just in the arts but also in society.

Is there an age restriction for the applicants?

This residency is open for all above 18 years of age.