Nja Mahdaoui (Tunisian, b. 1937)
Lots are subject to 5% import Duty on the importat… Read more The Prince's School of Traditional Arts was founded in 2004 by HRH The Prince of Wales as one of his core charities. The School offers practising artists the opportunity to undertake research at the highest level with post-graduate degrees (MA, MPhil, PhD). The School's courses combine the teaching of the practical skills of the traditional arts and crafts with an understanding of the philosophy inherent within them. People come from all over the United Kingdom and many other countries to study at The School making a diverse and unique mix of students. The post-graduate programme in the practice of the traditional arts forms the core of The Prince's School. The work of The School also includes outreach programmes both within the United Kingdom and internationally. Outreach programmes are conducted by staff and alumni with the purpose of extending the work of The School into the community and enabling people to learn practical skills which are no longer taught at many art schools. Links have been forged with many communities and universities with the common vision of promoting the knowledge and practice of the traditional arts and crafts. Fundamental to these objectives is the commitment of HRH The Prince of Wales to encourage an appreciation of the universal values that are essential to the practice and understanding of these traditional arts and crafts and to support their regeneration as a valid means of contemporary expression. POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME The Postgraduate Educational Programme of The Prince's School of Traditional Arts is a balance between the skills and the understanding of the symbolic meaning inherent in the forms realised through these skills. Students are able to undertake practical research at the highest educational level through the MA, MPhil and PhD programmes. Although many universities offer the possibility of studying the traditional arts theoretically as historical subjects, the fundamental principle of The School is that tradition is continual renewal through practice. Emphasis is placed on the traditional arts as living skills that can be applied in contemporary design and not just to restoration work. The curriculum is based on the root meaning of the word 'educate', that is 'to draw forth' or 'bring out' latent talent and skills, rather than to implant information. This means that staff and students work closely and discuss actively together. Through a series of modular courses students are introduced to the arts of the world's great traditions. Each course introduces and demonstrates the practical skills behind the craft and also the principles that are embodied in the forms themselves and in the process of making. By experiencing the traditional arts as living skills, both tutors and students participate in the regeneration of the universal principles at their heart. OUTREACH Years of experience in teaching and promoting the practice of the traditional arts and crafts has shown that this is an effective way to lead students both to value their own culture as well as to recognize the beauty embodied by the great traditions. Thus The Prince's School has a contribution to make towards facilitating the rediscovery of the principles, universal to all of the traditions of the world. This is achieved through a holistic style of education that encourages an understanding of the essential order underlying the traditional arts, crafts and sciences of the world. This ethos is extended into the community through the Outreach and Community Education Programmes. In a country where diversity of culture has often meant separation, young people are led to seek knowledge and inspiration within their own culture and to recognize what the different cultures have in common. This is achieved through the teaching of practical skills with the aim of regenerating the traditional arts and crafts as a contemporary means of expression. Outreach education is based on the integration of theory and practice. Through carefully prepared programmes, tailored to each specific case, participants are led to work harmoniously with head, hand and heart, so that each learning experience is a journey of self-discovery. The success of the Outreach programmes is based on establishing a link between cultural identity on the one hand and practical action on the other. The main goal is the recognition of beauty and the universal values that are inherent in the traditional arts, as well as the development of practical skills that can be applied to contemporary life. Although centered in London, the message of The Prince's School of Traditional Arts is universal. We offer a practical solution to ensure that the great traditions of design and craftsmanship, which have been handed down from one generation to the next for centuries, do not disappear altogether. In the process it becomes clear that this wisdom is as relevant now as it ever was. Teaching that the work of a craft is not only a technical exercise, but instead is related to knowledge and to devotion, leads to stability. Observing in Nature the principles of Beauty and seeing them exhibited in the arts from every tradition, prompts recollection of our shared humanity. This has encouraged The School to engage with other communities with the mutual objective of the renewal of the arts and crafts together with the rediscovery of this means of expressing truth. The International Outreach Programme extends the work of The Prince's School to a series of related communities all bound together by an acknowledgment of common principles. In our association with these communities we aim to enable young people to seek inspiration in their own cultural heritage and to produce contemporary arts and crafts which reflect these universal principles. DONATED BY THE ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM, MALAYSIA, TO BENEFIT THE PRINCE'S SCHOOL OF TRADITIONAL ARTS
Nja Mahdaoui (Tunisian, b. 1937)

Gammarth Triptych 1

Nja Mahdaoui (Tunisian, b. 1937)
Gammarth Triptych 1
signed in Arabic (upper left)
acrylic, Indian ink, silver and gold paint on canvas; in three parts
each: 15¾ x 47¼in. (40 x 120cm.)
overall: 47¼ x 47¼in. (120 x 120cm.)
Executed in 2009
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