Whitaker Museum

My work was displayed for a month in the Whitaker Museum, mid 2017. The exhibition consisted of 4 pieces of art, including my largest ever: an A1 sized gold leaf painting proclaiming "My Lord, increase me in knowledge." This was all part of the On Paper Festival.During the second week of this festival, I visited Haslingden to run 2 calligraphy workshops. I was met with a variety of students, all very keen to learn calligraphy.

I hope to return soon with more of my work for future exhibits and workshops.

  • Dear Azim.
    It was amazing to have you visit our humble surroundings and providing such insight! Love to have you visit again.

    -Arry, of Apna Rosendale

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Arab Festival

I took part in the first ever Edinburgh Arab Festival on the 28-29th of August 2015. It was a truly inspiring experience which saw me side by side with some incredibly talented calligraphers. I was able to learn from them as well as be entertained by their skill. Now I have a great vision for where I want to take Calligraphy for the future, and the type of art that I want to create.

The photograph show Abaoubida Mohamed, and Jawdat Kadhim further away. They both shared the space with me along with Asim Khoger, who has since become a good friend. Jawdat is a Calligrapher from Iraq and Abaoubida is from Morocco. Since then I’ve been in touch with Jawdat for advice and help.

Abaoubida has amazing skill with the Moroccan style and was writing names on A2 sheets of paper, using a variety of colours and shapes. Jawdat is a more traditional artist, who was writing names in the most praised of styles; Thuluth.

Aberdeen Mosque Workshop 2017

This was my second Calligraphy Workshop in Aberdeen. Last year I was invited by Al-Noor School to work with a group of kids and introduce them to Calligraphy. This year, I returned but due to the low number of kids who signed up, the Workshop was opened up to the rest of the community.

I’m glad that I was able to teach adults as well – the Workshop turned out around 20 people. It was a perfect sized class for the timescale that was involved. I think the students really flourished and engaged with the material. Many of them were excelling with the compositions, and produced some fantastic work. It was a relief that we quickly moved past letters on went onto writing words and phrases in the second half.

Al-Noor School Workshop

This was my second Calligraphy Workshop in Aberdeen. Last year I was invited by Al-Noor School to work with a group of kids and introduce them to Calligraphy.

This year, I returned and the Workshop was opened up to the rest of the community.

I was able to teach adults and kids simultaneously which was a fun challenge – the Workshop turned out around 20 people. It was a perfect sized class for the timescale that was involved

Haji Noor Deen

I met Haji Noor Deen at Edinburgh Central Mosque in late 2015. He often visits for the Discover Islam Exhibition to teach and showcase Arabic Calligraphy. Luckily I caught him at a quiet moment and managed to get a photo with him.

Hope Conference 2015

A calligraphy stall at the Hope Conference in January 2015. One thing I tend to do is write peoples names in Arabic, and my work is on display for sale also.
I managed to make a couple of big sales on my framed art, which was nice. The Hope Conference also hosted my first live Qur’an recitatal.