Mosaic Rooms x OSE: In Response

We’re excited to announce our latest partnership and collaboration with Mosaic Rooms, London.

We look forward to working with Mosaic Rooms throughout 2023 to offer event commissions for OSE Alumni James Jordan Johnson and Sarah Al-Sarraj to deliver a series of workshop & performance events as part of Mosaic Rooms public programme strand: In Response.

The Mosaic Rooms’ commissioning strand In Response was initiated in 2019 to support creative practice amongst early career collectives and individuals often marginalised by the sector. Previous participants include Qanat, AVAH, Murat Adash, LUMIN, New Media Society, LIFTA, Zahed Sultan/Haramacy, Hervisions, POA (Pride of Arabia) and EAST (Eating at the Same Table). 


“We are so delighted to be partnering with The Mosaic Rooms on the In Response public programme commissioning, as part of OSE’s Alumni development strand. The Mosaic Rooms create such an important support system for showcasing and supporting artists and to have our recent Alumni, James Jordan Johnson & Sarah Al-Sarraj, be part of the programme will be such an incredible opportunity to develop and showcase both their practice and research. This opportunity for our Alumni Artists, is an integral way to ensure we are supporting early career artists to develop and sustain both their practice and professional development, develop networks and enable them a platform to connect to new audiences and peers.” 

Polly Brannan – Artistic Director, Open School East

“The In Response public programme commissioning strand at The Mosaic Rooms was initiated in 2019 to support creative practice amongst early career collectives and individuals often marginalised by the creative sector. This year we are excited to partner with Open School East for a takeover of this strand by their brilliant associates and look forward to building a meaningful space for collaboration and professional development. We have long admired the work of Open School East and look forward to joining our shared visions to create an open and experimental environment for creative expression.”

Angelina Radakovic – Curator, Mosaic Rooms


In Response 1

We’re very excited to announce the first public event as part of our latest partnership and collaboration with Mosaic Rooms, London. We warmly invite you to join us for a newly devised performance by Open School East alumni James Jordan Johnson, in which he will respond to the current exhibition Constellations of Multiple Wishes, further expanding on his practice of corporally investigating layers of memory.

Please find dates & timings for the performances below – if you would like to attend please RSVP via 

Date: Tuesday 20 April 2023

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: The Mosaic Rooms 226 Cromwell Rd, London SW5 0SW

James Jordan Johnson is an artist-researcher (b.1997, London) based in Margate working within performance and sculpture. His practice is concerned with the relationship between Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Diasporic material culture and performative histories. Thinking about the role memory plays in the political matters of citizenship, legibility, land and myth-making, he tends to ground his work within site-specific or public spaces, using topographical mapping, material and object activation.”

The Mosaic Rooms are a non-profit art gallery and bookshop dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary culture from the Arab world and beyond. We do this through contemporary art exhibitions, artist residencies and multidisciplinary events (including performances, music events, film screenings, current affairs, talks, book launches, reading groups and more), featuring artists, activists, collectives and thinkers. Our creative learning programme aims to develop an ongoing dialogue with the local community, schools, youth groups and art colleges, encouraging active participation in artist led projects.

Celebrating its 15th year, The Mosaic Rooms open a yearlong programme that interrogates active solidarity, support structures and alternative models of self-organisation and collaboration.