MASS Alexandria, founded in 2010 by the Alexandria artist Wael Shawky, is located in the east-Alexandrian neighbourhood of Miami. It is a 440-sqm space housed in the basement of a residential building to provide an opportunity for independent study and learning for artists in Egypt. The basement is a shared studio, meeting, screening and performance space. Through its program, MASS Alexandria aims to complement existing art education schemes, with a focus on the conceptual aspects of artistic production. Monthly workshops, seminars and lectures are led by artists, art educators and curators. Through the exploration of contemporary artistic practices, the program also encourages students to work closely with cultural, artistic and scientific ideas in the fields of art history and theory and inter-disciplinary studies.

For the Independent Art Studio & Study Program 2012, we have enrolled 21 artists (15 full time, 6 part time students). The program began on 27 January and will run until 31 July 2012.

MASS Alexandria’s Pilot Program 2010/11 ran from October 2010 until May 2011. For more information click here.

MASS Alexandria is supported by






The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture





The Foundation for Arts Initiative



Young Arab Theatre Fund


The MASS Alexandria – dOCUMENTA (13) Studium is made possible through the support of:








Goethe Institut Alexandria



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