A.M. Qattan Foundation

The A.M. Qattan Foundation is a not-for-profit developmental organisation working in the fields of culture and education, with a particular focus on children, teachers, and young artists. Founded in 1993 by Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan, a prominent Palestinian businessman and philanthropist, it is registered in the UK as a charity and as a charitable company limited by guarantee. The Child Centre Gaza (CCG), which opened in 2005, offers young Gazans cultural, recreational, and educational services and is one of the largest centres of its kind in the Arab region. In London, the foundation runs The Mosaic Rooms, an art gallery and bookshop dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary culture from the Arab world.

Related sustainable development goals

  • Quality Education
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Arts
    • Humanities
      • History
      • Philosophy
      • Art history
      • Literature and writing
    • Museums
      • Art museums
      • Children's museums
    • Arts exchange
    • Performing arts
    • Visual arts
    • Arts services
    • Folk arts
    • Cultural awareness
    • Arts education
  • Communications
    • News and public information
  • Education
    • Early childhood education
    • Elementary and secondary education
      • STEM education
      • Child educational development

Focus populations

  • Academics
  • Artists and performers

Focus geographies

  • Europe
    • United Kingdom
  • Middle East
    • Palestine
  • North Africa


  • An Nadwa Cultural Club
  • Art from the Heart
  • Ashtar Theatre
  • Birzeit University, College of Art & Design
  • Dar Al Kalima- Bethlehem
  • Dar Qandeel
  • First Ramallah Group
  • Ibn Rush Fund
  • Iltiqa
  • Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre
  • Magazine 28
  • Network of Photographers for Palestine
  • Palestine Cinema Institute
  • Palestine Museum
  • Sakiya- Ein Kinya- Al Hoash Gallery- Jerusalem
  • Shababeek
  • The Edward S. National Conservatoire of Music
  • The London Palestine Film Festival
  • The Sea is Ours Collective
  • Visual Arts Forum


  • BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts
  • Camargo Foundation
  • Chaire Mahmoud Darwich
  • Chisenhale Gallery
  • Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto
  • Columbia University
  • Drosos Foundation
  • Feminist Duration Reading Group
  • Institut Français de Jérusalem
  • King Baudouin Foundation United States
  • Kingdom of Sweden
  • Mahmoud Darwish Foundation
  • Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MUCEM)
  • Myriad
  • Office National de Diffusion Artistique (ONDA)
  • Qanat collective
  • Save the Children
  • Shadow Sisters Fight Club for self-defense
  • Sound Advice
  • Southbank Centre
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • Taawon Welfare Association
  • University of Birmingham


  • Child Centre, Gaza
    This facility provides a range of educational and social programming for children and their families in Gaza. Initiatives include: Programmers' Club; Book Club; Tales Clubhouse; Little Painters' Club; Performing Arts; Parents Club; Creative Writing Club; Little Librarian's Club; Web Designers Club.
  • Culture and Arts
    This programme provides grants and support to artists, performers, and writers through support for exhibitions, events, performances, and residencies.
  • Education, research, and development

    The foundation works directly with teachers in Palestine to improve the quality of education. Focus areas include: drama in education; playwriting; culture, art and community participation; early childhood professional development; project-based learning, animation, and cinema culture at school.


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Grants to organisations

Primary funders

  • Al-Qattan Charitable Trust
  • Drossos Foundation
  • European Commission
  • King Baudoin Foundation
  • Leenah Al-Qattan
  • Najwa Al-Qattan
  • Omar Al-Qattan
  • Save the Children
  • Save the Children
  • Swedish International Development Agency
  • Swiss Agency for Culture and Development
  • Taawon
  • University of Birmingham
  • Zentrum Moderner Orient

Funding source

  • Family
  • Fundraising
  • Private


Key staff

  • Fida Touma, director general
  • Mahmoud Abu Hashhash, culture and education
  • Nisreen Naffa, senior manager of grants and capacities
  • Yazid Anani, director of the public programme

Board members

  • Omar Al Qattan, chair
  • Raef Zreik
  • Khaled Fahmy
  • Rabab Tamish
  • Munir Fakher Eldin
  • Hani Hassan Najm
  • Najwa Al Qattan
  • Mezna Qato
  • Yaqoub Al-Yousef

Contact details



Omar Al-Qattan, chair of the A.M. Qattan Foundation shares insights from his longstanding philanthropy supporting culture and the arts in Palestine. Read more

In this video interview, Omar Al-Qattan talks to Circle about fusing art, culture, and education for social change. Read more

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