Laila Shawa: A Living Artist


Exhibition Dates: 25th November – 3rd December 2022

Private  View : Thursday 24th November 2022, 18:00 - 20:00


An exhibition and a memorial event of reminiscences, tributes and love for a great artist Laila Shawa. 


Artists, curators, family and friends are gathering at the P21 Gallery in London on November 24 to honour the memory of the renowned Palestinian artist Laila Shawa who died last month, aged 82.


Laila Shawa’s remarkable life and career spanned cultures, continents and a century of change. Born into a prominent Gaza family, she went to study at the Leonardo School of Art in Cairo, before moving to Rome where she graduated summa cum laude in fine art from the Accademia de Bella Arti and in plastic and decorative arts from the Accademia St Giaccomo in Rome. She also studied with the Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka in Salzburg.


Her work is represented in international collections around the world including royal collections. In later years her style matured recognising the social and political issues that concerned not just Palestinians but oppressed people in many societies - often with incisive wit. 


The memorial event, held in the presence of the honourable ambassador Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK, will be chaired by the Palestinian architect Antoine Raffoul, RIBA. 


Invited speakers include Jane Frere, Janet Rady, Aser el Saqqa, Randa Ashmawy and Sandra Watfa.


The exhibition will open at P21 at 6 pm with presentations starting at 7 pm. Several artworks by Laila Shawa will be on display at P21 and will remain on show until December 3rd.



Curated by: Antoine Raffoul, RIBA, ICOMOS(UK) 



For further exhibition information, press images and interview opportunities, please contact:

Antoine Raffoul, email, M:+44(0)7768862657




The exhibition was organised with kind support from: 1948 Lest We Forget, and Hub Collective