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At Ma-Wah we aim to sit at the heart of our community. We are an outward facing arts collective, supporting and developing local artists and crafts practitioners. Ma-Wah hosts workshops, call outs and Meetups, promoting creators and makers with exhibitions, industry support and networking opportunities. 

Ali Tareen
1 July 2019 - 8 July 2019

The term “mind the gap,” is irrevocably linked with the London Underground’s audible and visual warning to passengers crossing the spatial gap between the platform and its train carriages. The phrase was first coined in 1968 and introduced across London Underground stations in 1969 at the same time as the Race Relations Act was making its way through Parliament. This was the 'Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom making it illegal to refuse housing, employment, or public services to a person on the grounds of colour, race, ethnic or national origins.’


As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, the UK remains a divided nation. According to the Home Office in October 2018, hate crime has increased by more than double in the last five years with no sign of abating. With Brexit imminent, this is a crucial time to create a dialogue to try to prevent any further tensions.

Mind the Gap is a mixed media exhibition of works by London born artist, Ali Tareen, exploring nationalistic themes of division and race. This is Ali’s first exhibition in London in over 10 years and the final exhibition at Ma-Wah Gallery.


Ali was born in East London studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, graduating with a First. He has had solo and group exhibitions in Czechia, the UK and Spain and his works are in private collections across the UK, Europe, the USA, Russia and Australia.