Samt n.– Making no sound; quiet; still

Arabic for silence, Samt is a virtual platform for research and exhibition that functions in annual volumes, and mainly exists online through

Volume Archive: 1 2 3

Samt‘s mission corresponds to and expands on five main pillars:

#Censorship and Conversation
Samt's main objective is to assist all users of creative fields, who are living in or have self-limiting relations with, a politically/culturally censored region, to practice their right to free expression through the medium of contemporary art and anonymity.

#Geography and Accessibility
Samt manifests primarily in a digital format that aims to open the receptivity of Art and Discourse from Southwestern Asia and North Africa to an international audience from all regions with no Geo-political restrictions on humans or art.

#Mentorship and Research
Samt‘s emphasis on research manifests through its integrated mentorship program over a period of 4 months. Selected contributors will be exposed to workshops, in-depth readings and critiques, helping them build confidence and longevity in their practice to live up to international standards.

#Exposure and Opportunity (Sawt)
Sawt, Arabic for noise, is the physical parallel to Samt and is a collective of micro-events around the world, that are curated in dialogue with the digital issue and perform as forums for free discussion and verbal feedback. Sawt’s main target is to instigate a dialogue between the artist and their audience through seminars, public QnAs and open discussions.

#Urban Mission
Samt’s Urban Mission is to activate socially remote and hidden communities through the conversion of informal shops, private houses, etc. into spaces for art, conversation, and research, existing within and through the occupied space rather than affecting or overpowering it’s original identity.

Rukn Al Nojoom
For Women’s Gar And Tailoring

On November 2018 Samt converted its first urban space (originally a women‘s tailoring shop) into its primary physical gallery. Located in Um Suqqaim and obscured by shops, residential villas and buildings, Rukn Al Nojoom quickly grew into a space for art discourse and critical thinking.


Samt is currently a self funded, not for profit organisation that relies on relations and shared visions of a free and more accessible art discourse and research.

Walid Al Wawi, Co founder and Director
Sargon Latchin, Co founder

Guest curators:
Tara Aldughaither
Areej Kaoud

Previous collaborators:
Darat Al Funun, Amman
TATE Exchange, London
Grey Noise Gallery, Dubai
Satellite Art Space, Dubai

Previous contributors:
Abdulrahim Alkindi
Anood Al Obaidly
Antony Crossfield
Areej Kaoud
Bu Yousif
Dinkha Latchin
Fadi Zumot
Hadil Moufti
Hussein Hassan
Karam Natour
Kareem Samara
Mahmoud Safadi
Mays Albeik
Mazen Al Ashkar
Mohamed Khalid
Moza Almatrooshi
Mustafa Boga
Rania Jishi
Reem Falaknaz
Reem Kelain
Saif Mhaisen
Sara Masinae
Sarah Alagroobi
Sarah Brahim
Tara Aldughaither
Tulip Hazbar

© Samt for Art and Research Ltd.

Samt School’s curriculum is structured around holistic and psychological wellness through non-standardised academia and creative practices.

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3. Sweet offerings

Moza Almatrooshi, 2 Days, 5 persons

In an attempt to bring together some of the floating and often invisible archaeology of the heritage and history of Al Jaahiliyyah (period of ignorance) in the Arabian Peninsula, the Artist cultivats rituals that invoke the presence of forgotten deities. The class will reveal stories and myths of past figures that were revered in the Arabian Peninsula while the participants are invited to imagine what offerings were prepared and presented in spaces of worship. Their imagination will yield recipes that will be applied into edible outcomes.

Studio 2, Sharjah, UAE

*The fee covers materials cost.
*This class requires physical attendance.

4. Mind Flow: Art Therapy 

Suzan Shadidi, 2 Days, 10 persons

This class aims to unleash the artistic and creative potential of individuals through meditative art. The class allows for individuals to remove mental boundaries and have an honest, inner dialogue to understand their states of mind in times of stress and calmness. This class is open to everyone of all ages, artistic capabilities and states of mind. All you need to be is, human.

Studio 2, Sharjah, UAE

*The fee covers materials cost.
*This class requires physical attendance.

5. Listening for Self

Tara Aldughaither, 2 Days, 7 persons

Listening for Self is a participatory course implementing ‘protocols of listening’ with the aim of gaining a sense of liberty in the context of social and political noise. The purpose of the sonic exercises are to engage with silence, noise and voice to reach a music of self. Participants will leave empowered having activated and understood the possibilities of one of the most important of our senses.

Bait15, Abudhabi, UAE

*The fee covers materials cost.
*This class requires physical attendance.

6. Divine Feminine Retreat

Ragini Nagu, 6 Days, 6 persons

Unlock the transformational force of your inner divinity to heal emotional wounds, reenergize creativity, strengthen intuition and explore more facets of your personality.

This is a six-day stay on the foot of the Hamalyan Hills for a transcendental retreat to help you explore your Divine Feminine through somatic movement, music therapy and connecting with Mother Gaia; open to all beings seeking to reconnect with the Wild Feminine on the spiritual / biological levels and beyond cultural and societal constructs.

Devi Lok, Dehradun, India

*The fee covers 6 nights stay and three Veg meals a day.
*This class requires physical attendance.

1. How to Write a Manifesto

Walid Al Wawi, 5 Days, 4 persons

A statement is one of the most difficult pieces of writing an artist is tasked with, yet remains the most important piece of self-expression a creative thinker may generate. This course is designed to help artists flesh out their objective as practitioners through conceptual reformulation and self-diagnosing linguistic frames.

2. How to Navigate Loss

Sarah Alagroobi, 2 Days, 10 persons

Inspired by the artist’s journey of loss through her poem, ‘Syria Serenading Graveyards at dusk’, the artist will use her process and technique to invite participants to create poetry. The workshop is open to all creators and those who do not write, it will combine audio and visual methods to aid in the craft of writing. This workshop is designed to dig deep into an experience that will be unpacked through writing.


Your donations help Samt remain independent by supporting itself and its artists’ practice with minimum need for exterior funding bodies.