Launched in 2009 by Art Jameel, the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, and the Cultural Development Fund of Egypt, the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Cairo is a major educational institute teaching young Egyptians classes in traditional Islamic geometry, drawing, colour harmony and arabesque studies, as well as specialised training in ceramics, glass and gypsum, metalwork and woodwork.
Students at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Cairo are taught a two-year diploma programme, developed and delivered by the Prince’s Foundation School, according to the same principles and standards as the postgraduate courses at the Prince’s Foundation School in London. An overview of the diploma programme at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Cairo is available here.
Located at the Fustat Traditional Crafts Centre in the heart of the historic district of Old Cairo, the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Cairo focuses on the preservation of local cultural heritage, including through field projects at major monuments and practical design and make projects. Art Jameel also supports graduates from the diploma programme seeking employment or to establish businesses in the traditional arts.
Around 20 students graduate each year and join the many alumni who connect through the programme’s alumni club and participate in the annual alumni art exhibition.
Applications for the two-year diploma programme open each year in July with an announcement on the programme’s Facebook page, with interviews held in September at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Cairo.
To visit: the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Cairo is at the Fustat Traditional Crafts Centre, 1 El Emam St., beside Amr ibn El Aas Mosque, Fustat, Old Cairo.
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