Access to Art toolkit

The Access to Arts project is the landmark achievement of Mahatat for Contemporary Art supported by Drosos Foundation from 2014 to 2017. Mahatat is the only company that is established to promote art in public spaces and focuses on art inclusion and availability to the Egyptian citizen.  For this project, Mahatat implemented activities in exposing citizens to art through nine Art of Transit tours in four governorates (Cairo, Damietta, Port Said, Mansoura) and six Art Stations in two communities within greater Cairo.  In addition, Mahatat designed and delivered six learning workshops to emerging artists and amateurs in Damietta, Port Said, and Ismailia. 

This toolkit is one of the final outcomes of the project.  It presents a guideline for practitioners and art producers interested in planning and implementing public art interventions.  It is organized around the three components of the project: Art of Transit focuses on organizing art tours in several locations at a time, the Art Stations focus on encouraging community members participation in artistic activity, through learning, practicing and displaying their artwork in the public realm.  The Face to Face is the learning component for emerging artists, focusing on improving their technical artistic skills, and their ability to perform.

The cross-cutting activities that are relevant for all types of intervention are presented at the end of this toolkit.


This publication follows on the very first journey of Circostrada to Egypt, which took place between Cairo and Alexandria in April 2017, with the aim of meeting two new members settled in the region: Mahatat for Contemporary Art and I-Act. This experience offered, among other things, a privileged space for dialogue and reflection on the state and shape of artistic creation in Egypt, as well as a valuable insight into the local cultural scene and its actors, in the context of a Co-writing lab hosted and led by Mahatat. This gathering laid the foundations of a new cycle of meetings introduced by the network entitled KAHWA, which will focus on the artistic creation in the Mediterranean region and which will be dedicated to professionals working in the public space.

City Shadows

City Shadows developed a research and prototype project in order to assess how abandoned spaces can be transformed through the arts.

Face to Face Toolkit and Curriculum

This publication includes, a documentation of a pilot training and learning program took place Ismailia by the end of 2017. as well as a curriculum and incubation program for the emerging artists and practitioners who want to develop their practices in the public space and community art projects.

Culture Puncture

A toolkit for cultural operators to interact with their neighborhood and identify public spaces for cultural interventions.

Wonderbox Manual

A manual on how to make your own version of the Wonder Box – which is a ‘Nickelodeon’, an old form of peepshow machine for the cinema, transformed through contemporary practices.

Face to Face: Social Media are Older than the Internet

A documentation of a community art project in Damietta | November 2012 to September 2013.

Shaware3na Documentation

This publication is the documentation of the art in public space project Shaware3na that was presented by Mahatat for contemporary art from January to June 2012 in Cairo and Giza, Egypt. Images and short texts will give readers an idea about the different projects that took place under the umbrella of Shaware3na. Inside the magazine will be found a small newspaper, which is the outcome of an open space conference on the topic “Accessibility of art in Egypt through art in public space and community art”. The conference concluded Shaware3na while hoping to initiate new projects, reflections, and connections.


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