Going Downtown; The Downtown Gallery, Khartoum
This week’s post is the first of two celebrating a vibrant new Khartoum arts venue, The Downtown Gallery.
Meet the founder and inspiration behind the gallery, Abdulrahiem Shaddad, pictured below and in title photo, next month, in In Conversation with Rahiem.
Above, one of the gallery’s exhibition rooms.
Trek down the great bustling artery of central Khartoum; Qasr Al-Nil until it morphs into the relentless, dusty brown thoroughfare of Pio Yokwan Road. Just when you think it will go on for ever, the road stops dead in a shock of welcome green as it hits the leafy walls of the Qurashi Gardens. Just before the gardens, turn left into 57th Street; one of those gentle sandy backwaters of a street the capital is full of; all low tree-shaded homes and terracotta water jars for the passer-by. There you will find another unexpected oasis; The Downtown Gallery.
Sponsored by Sol for Change and originally based at the Downtown Hotel & Business Centre, the gallery showcases the work of gifted young Sudanese artists and provides a space for creativity and innovation for Khartoum’s artistic community. A community facing multiple challenges.
More on the gallery and its founder’s story in:
Below, one of the works exhibited at the gallery summer 2022; a work by Mohammed Ahmad Almahadi (personal collection).
See more of his work in:
Below, some of the Gallery’s recent collaborative events:
Below, just some of the stunning work by contemporary artists recently exhibited at the gallery.
More on the women artists featured next month.