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Calling all artists, designers, photographers, filmmakers, writers and art teachers in Amman! Have you heard of The Weibdeh Art Rooms yet? They’re a calm, private, safe haven for artists of all backgrounds who need somewhere discreet and private to work, learn and also to exhibit.
The Weibdeh Art Rooms is open to both arts and design professionals and students who want to create, learn, teach, exhibit or sell.
Everything an artist needs
- Two private studios, classrooms and open shared studio spaces available to rent on a monthly or weekly basis.
- Large and small exhibition rooms available to rent.
- Members’ access to a bright natural light studio and sitting room, screening room, lecture, tutorial and workshop spaces, wifi internet, kitchen, and patio garden.
- Large and small photography spaces available to book at an hourly rate.
- Teaching and workshop spaces available to book at an hourly rate.
- For filmmakers, screenwriters, playwrights, and spoken word performance artists there are audition, rehearsal and scriptwriting workshop spaces available.
- Incubator space for small creative businesses: access to flexible space for meetings and networking events.
- Pop-up shop space is available to rent on a daily, weekly and monthly basis
The Weibdeh Art Rooms occupies the ground floor and garden of an old Weibdeh house on Al Baouneyah Street. The street is peaceful, with gentle foot traffic leading up from Paris Circle and down from The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts.
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How The Weibdeh Art Rooms started
Owner Alia Abu Nowar started the art rooms back in December 2017 because she has always loved being around artists and watching them work. She has a BA Hons degree in the History and Theory of Art (from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK) and has since worked in art and design publishing, art education, and film research.
Art runs in the family
The English side of her family introduced her to art from a very young age. Her great-uncle ran an influential but short-lived art gallery in London (Storran Gallery) in the 1930s with the British artist Eardley Knollys and curated exhibitions by Picasso, Soutine, Renoir, Gauguin, Modigliani and Monet to name an impressive few. Her great-aunt also worked at the National Gallery in London and was an art collector, so she was slightly in awe of both these people growing up and wanted to follow in their footsteps.
The perfect property
She spotted the property on Baouneyah Street that became the art rooms after an Arabic lesson at the Deewan Institute, which is exactly next door to it. Each room was different and unique and there was a brilliantly placed large sink in the hallway which she immediately clocked as an “art sink”!