The Townhouse was founded in 1998 to support artistic work and increase accessibility to contemporary art in Egypt.† It has rapidly grown to become one of the region's leading independent art spaces.
The three-floor main building, adjoining annex and 650-meter converted factory space house exhibition halls showcasing new contemporary works, classrooms, a library and six studios. The gallery hosts theatre and experimental music performances as well as film screenings, public lectures, symposiums and workshops.
The Townhouse Gallery is a not-for-profit organisation that depends on donations and fundraising activities: in addition to representing and promoting contemporary Egyptian artists, the gallery runs an extensive outreach program that gives some of Egypt's most underprivileged communities, such as child labourers and refugees, access to the arts. Workshops cover such diverse areas as animation, theatre, visual arts, set design and film-making.