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Chapter Arts Centre: Assembly: Art in the Bar - Hassan Hajjaj: Le Salon - 24 Apr 2009 to 28 June 2009

Current Exhibition

24 Apr 2009 to 28 June 2009

Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10am–9pm
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road
United Kingdom

© Hassan Hajjaj
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Artists in this exhibition: Hassan Hajjaj

Assembly: Art in the Bar - Hassan Hajjaj: Le Salon
Fri 24 April — Sun 28 June
Gwe 24 Ebrill — Sul 28 Mehefin

Opening times: Monday – Sunday 9am – 11pm

As part of Le Salon, our off–site programme by Hassan Hajjaj, we are delighted to continue our exploration of the ‘style of the souk’.

The series of eight large–scale graphic canvases that will be exhibited on the Caffi Bar walls are inspired by the vibrant packaging and typography used in North African and Middle Eastern commerce. They will be accompanied by a series of exquisite Moroccan–style lamps made from tin food cans that have been beaten flat, giving the Caffi Bar a contemporary Moroccan twist.

Please note that this exhibition will be deinstalled from Tue 5 - Sat 11 May for the Maibock Beer Festival. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Chapter Gallery Off–Site Programme, The Garage, Market Road

Launch event: Sat 25 April / 12-10pm / Sad 25 Ebrill
Exhibition: Tue 28 April — Sun 28 June
Arddangosfa: Maw 28 Ebrill — Sul 28 Mehefin

For two months, The Garage (a stone’s throw from the front of Chapter) will be dramatically transformed into a meeting place, hire space, library and café, designed in Hajjaj’s inimitable ‘style of the souk’ featuring an eclectic array of tables, lamps, stools, pouffs and lanterns.
Le Salon will be open between 1pm and 3pm Tuesday - Saturday. You are invited to relax, use the specialist Arabic library, access our free wireless network, watch films with a North African twist and drink traditional mint tea. Le Salon will host a number of events including traditional North African music workshops, Dj–ing workshops (with DJ Ucef), art crits and classes, a series of North African baking sessions with artist Rhabab Gazoul, Arabic literature sessions, belly dancing and capoeira demonstrations and much, much more.
The space is also available to hire for groups or organizations and is free of charge. If you are interested in using Le Salon please contact the visual arts team on 029 2031 1050 or

Launch event: Sat 25 April / 12-10pm / Sad 25 Ebrill
3pm - Relaxation workshop with Amina Annabi
7pm - DJ U-Cef
8pm - Amina Annabi (with Karim Kaissa)
9pm - DJ U-Cef
Fresh Mint Tea and Baklava will be served throughout the day

Dance Weekend: Sat 9 + Sun 10 May / Sad 9 + Sul 10 Mai
Saturday 9 May
10-11.30am - Afro - Brazilian dance workshop led by Patua Dance
1-2.30pm - Belly dancing with Hannah Corr
Sunday 10 May
11am-1pm - Indian dance workshop led by India Dance Wales

Music Weekend: Sat 13 + Sun 14 June / Sad 13 + Sul 14 Mehefin
Saturday 13 June
10am - 12pm - Singing workshop with Rabab Ghazoul
1.30-2.30pm - African drumming workshop
Sunday 14 June
1-4pm - DJ Workshop

All workshops are mixed ability and are £3 per person per workshop. Places are limited so booking essential to avoid disappointment. To book a place please call 07531 486 886 or email

About Hassan Hajjaj
Hajjaj playfully applies new technologies to redefine the imagery of his childhood. He creates installation environments through recycling materials to create objects for everyday use. He arrived in London from Larache in Morocco in his teens and was inspired by the emerging club culture, absorbing the music and styles of reggae, hip hop and world music. Hajjaj’s visual sensibilities led him to enter the world of art and fashion. In 1984, after running clubs and managing bands, he decided to launch RAP , his own clothing and accessories label. Hajjaj designs and produces furniture, clothing (from customised petrol attendant overalls and babouches to hats), photography, interior design and painting and printed canvas work (which can be seen in Assembly: Art in the Bar).

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