Our Origins

RUYA MAPS was established to address specific needs, identified by the Ruya Foundation whilst carrying out its unique work in Iraq, that were found to be applicable internationally.

Its sister organisation, the Ruya Foundation, began its journey in 2012. It works in Iraq to aid and enrich culture and build cultural bridges with the world. Particularly supporting young artists, it is the only NGO working with contemporary artists in Iraq.

Working with artists in this context has given Ruya a unique and particular insight into cultural projects happening in areas of social or political instability. In order to address these challenges on a global scale, achieving a broader and more geographically diverse remit, Ruya established RUYA MAPS. Based in London, this new entity runs its own distinct programme and targets specific places in the world where exhibitions and their associated activities would have the highest impact.


RUYA is a UK registered charity no. 1178362.