Townhouse is a nonprofit art space situated in the heart of Downtown Cairo. It holds an iconic position in the story of contemporary art in the Middle East; a key driver behind what has become a culturally rich, regional art scene. Established in 1998, Townhouse has initiated a breadth of activities in its various spaces: key regional symposia, meaningful community outreach, landmark exhibitions, and international residencies for artists, curators, writers, and filmmakers. It has also incubated several important art spaces within Cairo that have gone on to impact the cultural landscape. On an individual level, the gallery has played a pivotal role in the careers of internationally renowned artists and hosted a number of influential practitioners and curators from abroad. Although Townhouse remains a crucial platform for the visual art scene, it has evolved far beyond this linear mission. Most notably, the newly refurbished Rawabet space offers a platform to independent performers artists of all genres. Alongside its own programming, the space also acts as a venue to host programs curated by other institutions.
Presentation, performance, exhibition, lecture.
Studios in the gallery, as well as rooftop studios for Egyptian artists.
A bookshop, library, factory space (650-square-meter) and gallery space.
Geographic location is central to the operation of Townhouse as a space. Situated at the junction of two lanes in the midst of the auto mechanics’ district, the gallery is a virtual micro-environment in itself.