The artist-run space located in central Tel Aviv provides emerging and established artists and curators a stage to present their work. The collaborative structure of the space aspires to bring together different forms of artistic expression and facilitate public engagement with contemporary artists.
Monthly exhibitions take place, where artists present their work to the public.
Idris was born out of the desire to give artists with diverse backgrounds a space to meet and collaborate. We invite artists to use the space to invent, exhibit, and thrive, explore new mediums and create a dialogue. For this reason, we aim at showcasing the work of artists, free of constraints in mediums and techniques.
The name Idris brings to mind numerous cultural associations for a variety of people, reflecting both our approach to the space and its goals of bridging, creating and fostering alternative venues of expression in the art field. In Arabic, Baluchi, Persian and Turkish the term Idris is derived from the root درس which is associated with the process of education. As specified in the Encyclopedia of Islam the name originated from the ancient Hebrew term for 'interpreter' and the Quranic Idris is indeed identified with the Biblical Enoch –Enoch's root in Hebrew חנך again reflects the relation to teaching. Enoch is also present in the Ethiopian Orthodox and Old Slavic Bibles. Idris furthermore appears as the protagonist of a number of Irish legends, who refer to a mythical giant proficient in astronomy, poetry and philosophy; stories tell of rivers and slopes in Ireland where if one falls asleep they will wake up either madmen or poets, struck by a creative inspiration. We chose this name as a link among numerous cultures, connecting creativity with education, as we see the collaboration of different artists as a way for them to learn from one another and produce meaningful works. Indeed we seek to provide a productive environment for the artists, where they are encouraged to produce new work and build new links among each other and in relation to their own work, free of the conventional gallery restrictions.
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We are open Mon.Tue.Wed.Thu. 14:00-19:00 and on Fridays/Saturdays 10:00-14:00.
**Hours are subject to change during national and religious holidays, please consult us or check our Facebook page to keep updated**