Art Gallery Café

The Idea Behind Our Project

  • The Art Gallery Café offers regular and oriental snacks, a simple daily meal as well as cold and hot drinks.
  • It offers space to artists to display their art, they could be amateurs or professionals. The aim is to set up a gallery for contemporary art from the Arab region, Switzerland and other parts of the world.
  • Events shall take on a monthly basis. There are 24 Arab countries in the Middle East. The Art Gallery Café will focus on 2 countries per month and present its culture against the background of the Swiss culture as well. This may happen by serving its national dishes or displaying its apparel. Therefore, we will seek collaboration with the respective embassies.

2016-17 Cooperation with Soup&Chill

For a year and half, the team of Arab Swiss House has been cooperating with the organization Soup&Chill for what is called Restaurant du Coeur (Restaurant of the Heart). At Restaurant du Coeur lunch cooked from donated groceries by the Schweizer Tafel (Swiss Table) is provided from Monday until Friday. Arab Speaking Refugees who make up part of the cooking team receive professional training which may not be available elsewhere. Guests are served a three-course menu for which they are free to pay as much as they want and are able to. Serving lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays and every other Friday.

Arab Swiss House reduced cooperation with Du Coeur in 30 June 2017 to alllow more focus on finally implementing it’s own Concept and importantly finding its own physical location. 2 of Arab Swiss House team still work at Du Coeur. This experience serves as an important basis for handling a daily business in the future in the Art Gallery Café.