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The TDS is a course I have developed for teaching advanced drawing to anyone for whom drawing is a significant part of their lives: that could be artists, architects,  teachers, engineers, film makers. Instead of teaching people to draw, I am teaching to uncover within themselves what drawing is, and to try many new and different ways to think about it, and to do it. It is based on ideas and practices I developed through long experience. I am also bringing in guest speakers from all different kinds of practices.

The TDS is supported by the British Council, and Gudran Organisation in Alexandria.

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NAZIR TANBOULI teaching at the Travelling School of Drawing

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The Travelling School of Drawing, in Alexandria Egypt

the travelling school of Drawing is ready for students , starts today at 6pm
I’ve been working over a year with so many good people to reach that point
ستوديو المدرسه المتنقله للرسم جاهز بوكاله بهنا و التدريس يبدأ اليوم ٦ مساء, انا سعيد جدا ,اشتغلت اكتر من سنه للوصول للنقطه دي بمساعده العديد من الزملاء الطيبين

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09/10/15 Screening of the film TAKING OVER THE KING’S LAND

Next week at El Cabina,  there’ll be a screening of the film TAKING OVER THE KING’S LAND directed by Gillian McIver which documented my 2012 mural project in London where I covered a whole housing estate in drawings of mythical and unusual creatures..

The screening and discussion follows on from my mural painting on the walls of El Cabina, drawing the Kingsland ‘creatures’

The film is in English with Arabic subtitles.


في السابعة من مساء الجمعة 9 أكتوبر يلتقي جمهور الكابينة مع الفنان نزير الطنبولي في مناقشة مفتوحة بعد عرض فيلم وثائقي قصير بعنوان (الاستيلاء على أرض الملك) مدته 20 دقيقة يتناول المشروع الفني الذي قام به نزير في لندن صيف عام 2012، الفيلم من إنتاج وإخراج جيليان ماكيفر. يأتي هذا اللقاء مواكبا لانتهاء نزير من لوحته الجدارية القريبة من أجواء مشروع (أرض الملك) على جدار الكابينة.

On Friday, October 9th, at 7 pm; El Cabina hosts the artist Nazir Tanbouli in an open discussion after screening the 20 minutes documentary (Taking over the King’s Land) which follows Nazir’s artistic project that he achieved in London Summer 2012, The King’s Land


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New Mural – El Cabina The Kings’ Land creatures reborn


I’m currently working in Alexandria Egypt, where I’m developing some drawing education projects, working with the British Council and local organisations to deliver an in-depth advanced drawing course, the TRAVELLING SCHOOL OF DRAWING.

Recently I did a mural on the walls of a local artist-run centre El Cabina, where I brought the Kingsland creatures back to life.





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IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO LONDON, you’ll know one of the city’s great wonders is the British Museum. It is one of the wonders of the world. It contains artifacts from every part of the planet from all eras of human history. Amazing place.

It is especially reknowned for its Egyptian collection. As an Egyptian artist in London it’s  a special place for me: it’s where I can go to see Egyptian art from our Pharaonic, Hellenic, Roman and Coptic past.

So, it was a special honour for me to be invited to make a full day of performance drawing, in the Great Court of the museum. I was located between a statue of a  horseman from the Hellenic period and an obelisk from the Pharaonic era.

Thanks to my assistant Anna Chiarini:

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This event was part of the Shubbak Festival, curated by Arts Canteen and supported by the Arts Council of England and Gudran Arts.






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Nazir Tanbouli Drawing Performance Chelsea, London July 2015


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The Shubbak Festival opening was a party in the piazza of the Chelsea Theatre.  I made several large scale drawings in the open air, accompanied by different musicians.

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Drumming session: I got involved!

Then, time to draw: c3 c4 c5 c6 c7 c8

Thanks to Arts Canteen, Shubbak Festival, the Arts Council of England, Gudran organisation for Art, Egypt.

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TODAY at the British Museum


I will be here in the Great Court of the British Museum, doing drawing performance.

Times: Performances 11.45 am, 14.15 pm and 16.00 pm

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I would like to invite you to my upcoming performances on the theme of “Drawing and Movement” for the Shubbak Festival. Both events are free. No booking required.


On July 11 2015 I will open the Shubbak Festival with an all day performance for ‘Hafla on the Square’ at the Chelsea Theatre. I will be performing alongside some of London’s finest Arab musicians, including the Yaz Fentazi Trio, described by Time Out as ‘a wicked fusion of chaabi, gnawa and jazz’.

Sat 11 July 2015 12 – 5 pm   Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s End Place, King’s Road,London SW10 0DR



14.30 pm

On Sunday 12th July I will be doing  performance of drawing at the Great Court of the British Museum. I will create three new 12m long works inspired by the collection of the British Museum and my recent research trip to Egypt.

Sun 12 July 2015, 11am-5pm Southeast corner, Great Court, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG


11.45 am

14.15 pm

16.00 pm

I would like to thank the Arts Council of England and Gudran for Art and Development in Alexandria for giving me the funding and support to prepare for this event.


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Practicing with Kaled Kaddal at Behna for the show
Khaled is planning a live sound escape experimenting on ancient Greek scores,,





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The Greek,,اليوناني

تعاون فني بين نزير طنبولي و خالد قدال في المركز الثقافي اليوناني يوم ١٥ يونيو الساعه ٧
A drawing performance
collavoration between Nazir Tanbouli and the Egyptian sound artist and composer Khaled Kaddal working exploring elements of Greek music and its influance on Alexandrian culture.
Nazir Tanbouli creates large-scale drawings, starting from simple marks and gradually covering the ground through a series of controlled gestures and marks. The process of drawing becomes a performance.

Khaled Ossama Kaddal (b. 1987, Alexandria, EG) is an Egyptian musician and sound artist. Engaging the boundary between Sounds and Concepts, his work is marked by a detailed attention to the Urbans and people’s stories, using recorded sounds of an environment and found/natural objects, or through exploration of acoustic phenomena, as well as musical instruments.
Areas of interest range from; phonography, sound and performance, film scoring,
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khaled Kaddal/sound performance

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