our launch event
Seas of Ink – An Arabic calligraphy experience 2 – 7th December 2019
Arabic Calligraphers South Africa is pleased to announce our first Arabic Calligraphy exhibition. In conjunction with Jam’eyyatul Qurra’s (JEQ) 50th anniversary celebration (30 November – 7th December), Seas of Ink – an Arabic calligraphy experience will be showcased.
Come and join us in witnessing the masters in action, where you can have the opportunity to learn directly from them. Haji Noor Deen (Mi Guang Jiang and wife Fatima Cao Yiying from China, Refik Carikci from Turkey, Sh Abdel Hamid Sallam from Egypt, and Muhammad Hobe from South Africa will showcase their unique artworks at the JEQ main campus in schaapkraal.
The Arabic Calligraphers South Africa (ACSA) was founded informally in 2018 by a group of calligraphy enthusiasts. Members were originally participants of an 8 part workshop series on Arabic Calligraphy in the Naskh style run by Faheem Rhoda Jackson in Cape Town. A number of dedicated members have followed up the course with the 100 day calligraphy challenge, and through this exercise a need arose to further develop a more comprehensive program for serious aspiring calligraphers. Since there is no guild for Arabic Calligraphy in South Africa, ACSA was born.
Vision: Revive the ancient art of Arabic calligraphy
Mission: To train up calligraphers to masters level
- Focus on the traditional Arabic Calligraphic scripts
- Practice high ethical standards
- Respect, protect and promote the Islamic calligraphic traditions
- Recruit master calligraphers who specialise in the traditional scripts to mentor members.
- Develop further interest in calligraphy via its supporting book arts i.e ebru, tezhip zakhrarif (geometric or other design)
- Establish a centre from which we will operate
- Offer Mentorship program for members
- Run Beginner courses, workshops and events to general public
- Make Arabic calligraphy a viable option accessible to youth which is a calming and spiritually uplifting tool to balance their lives and as a coping mechanism for life’s stresses and strains.
- Establish national and international networks with goverment or non-governmental organisations or institutions which share similar objectives i.e IRCICA
- Participate in local and international arena (calligraphy exhibitions, competitions)
- Arrange exchange programs and scholarships
- Develop a unique South African script