Gudran is an artists’ coalition that is motivated by what we call ‘the artist’s social responsibility’ – to bring art to every part of society, to achieve social transformation through art, to support local culture and to provide platforms and places for artists to flourish and learn from each other.
Gudran started as a group of artists with the aim of bringing art to people in a direct manner, and not through exhibition spaces. Having the point of view that art is a human need, Gudran desired to bring art to a community in a desperate need of it. In 2000 the group started to work with a small fishing village called El-Max in the west of Alexandria, Egypt.
Later on, by recognising the need for art and especially the need for people to think in new and different ways during their crises of imagination, Gudran desired to bring the spirit of change to the heart of Alexandria. The aim was now to offer the society a way to rethink how they wish to develop and to think of solutions for their own problems.
Gudran Association for Art and Development is a coalition of artists, writers, photographers, directors, dramatists, and musicians motivated by what we call “the artists’ social responsibility-” to abandon the traditional spaces of exhibition and performance, activate our artistic practice in the street, and stimulate contact with all aspects of Egyptian society.