Townhouse was established in downtown Cairo in 1998 as an independent, non-profit art space with a goal of making contemporary art and culture accessible to all without compromising creative practice. Townhouse supports artistic work in a wide range of media through exhibitions, residencies for artists, curators and writers, educational initiatives and outreach programs.
By establishing local and international relationships, as well as diversifying both the practitioners and audiences of contemporary art, Townhouse aims to support and expand the knowledge, appreciation and practice of contemporary arts in Egypt and the region.
Townhouse is located in downtown Cairo's bustling car mechanic's district, off of Tahrir Square. The exhibitions program features over 12 exhibitions a year, hosted in the 650-square-meter Factory Space and the First Floor Gallery in the main building. Exhibitions feature the work of young emerging artists alongside those who are internationally recognized. Many local artists with early shows at Townhouse have gone on to exhibit worldwide.
Townhouse has initiated numerous large-scale events, beginning with the city-wide Nitaq Festival in 2000. PhotoCairo, the first festival in Egypt exclusively dedicated to photography and video, was launched in 2002.
Since its inception, Townhouse has strived to make the arts accessible to different groups of society, whilst using them as a powerful medium for integration and understanding. Our Outreach Program offers a number of arts workshops for adults and children, with participants coming from all over Cairo, including those with special needs and from marginalized communities.
Townhouse collaborates with institutions and arts professionals both regionally and internationally to create exhibitions, share resources, and facilitate artist exchanges.