Islamic design explored at Harris Museum lecture

Posted on - 4th May, 2014 - 5:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston City Centre, What's On in Preston
Eric Broug

Eric Broug

The Harris Museum in Preston welcomed an international artist earlier this week to prepare for a series of Islamic design workshops in communities across Lancashire.


Eric Broug, Owner of Broug Atellers Ltd, a specialist educational company of Islamic geometric design, visited the gallery to present an example of his work and outline the skills that he will teach during his exclusive seminars.

The architecture tutor briefed composition structures of his craft, using images to show how beautiful artwork is created in destinations like Marrakech, Baghdad and Alhambra.

Explaining the process of symmetrical structures, he said: “People mistake this skill as mathematics but it’s definitely not, I hate math.”

Passionate about the niche subject, Broug wants to share what he loves doing best with like minded people: “I like creative, I like to make things, I like history, I like to write, I like to figure out things that are difficult to figure out as a challenge – I can do all that, it has all those aspects for me.

“The goal now is to connect more with the Asian community, in which I am happy to work with Love and Etiquette who aim to organise that.”


The L&E foundation, originally starting in 2006, partnered with the artist as part of their goal of providing art and culture events to inspire creativity and challenge stereotypes in diverse communities.

Mr Broug commented: “Initially the plan was a Lancashire Roadshow, going to Burnley, Preston and Blackburn.”

The second presentation held in Preston has proven to be a triumph for the artist: “I think it was a success, beautiful venue, interesting audience – very good!”

Rizwan Iqbal, creative director of the Love and Etiquette foundation, said: “I think today went really well and it was received well. There could be a few more seats occupied but I think people who turned up take benefit and there is fantastic personality at the Harris Museum.”

Faheem Shakur from Penwortham, was happy to watch the presentation: “I very much enjoyed it as I’m keen on art, well architecture in general.

“In terms of the presentation, Eric Broug’s work is well known in this field and I follow him already so I always keep up to date whenever he is doing workshops or anything similar of the kind.”

To get involved, visit Love & Etiquette for information on the next presentation and the different level workshops.

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