A mixed media course exploring Identity with Houria Niati

Join a short mixed media course exploring identity led by Houria Niati.


2 – 4.30pm

22 & 29 October and 5 November

Course Fees: Full £120 ; Retired £100 ; Concession £75

Pay As You Go Rates: Full £45 ; Retired £40 ; Concession £30

Venue: OPEN Ealing Unit 14 School Lane Dickens Yard W5 2TD

During this three week course Houria will show you how to make the most of oil pastels and create joyful art that has meaning. We’ll round off the course with a short exhibition of your work.

In the sessions you will explore the meaning of identity and how artists throughout history have used it to influence their art.

Materials List

You’ll need to supply your own materials for this mixed media course. We shall send you a full list of what is required when you enrol. The list includes:

  • Sketch pad
  • Oil Pastels – Houria will advise you the best brand to buy
  • Paper suitable for working with pastels
  • Pencils for sketching

The course is suitable for anyone aged 16 or older. No matter your level of experience, you will enjoy the course.

If you have never been to OPEN before, when you get to Dickens Yard, we are the same end as the Church, Gail’s Bakery and Brew Dog. School Lane is the “walk way” to the left of Bar #17 which looks like it is going to flats. We are along there on the left. If you reach Gym Box – you’ve just missed us!

About the Tutor

Houria Niati is an experienced artist and educator. Born in Algeria she started to paint when she was very young and used her surroundings as a major source of influence. The subjects and vivid colours she uses in her paintings reflect her multicultural background, specifically French, Algerian and British.

She is one of the most important artists emerging from North Africa and is probably the first contemporary Algerian Woman Artist to exhibit in the UK. She held her first exhibition in London in 1983. Since then she has exhibited all over the world including the Venice Biennale in 2015. She has been invited to attend again in 2022.

Houria not only paints but uses poetry and music in her performances. She will be performing at OPEN on Friday 15 October

Visit her website to see images of her work.

Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.