The outside appearance of this highway-side all-white corrugated-steel warehouse belies the explosion of creativity held within. Indeed, the only indication to the uninitiated passer-by of the deceptive first-impression comes in the form a 20ft tall tower of yellow hard-hats.
Traffic is a social arts organisation that aims to create, exhibit and exchange design and art works from the Middle Eastern region and beyond. Its 10,000 sq ft base boasts two exhibition spaces and houses founder-owner Rami Farook’s collection of 300-plus works.
Serving as a platform for emerging and established artists, Traffic hosts several commercial shows a year drawing artists of the calibre of James Clar and Ayman Yossri. Avant-garde designs, ranging from furniture to jewellery, predominate in Traffic’s canvas of white epoxy floors and ceilings of glass and wire metal. Meanwhile new media and traditional Islamic pieces sit comfortably side-by-side on the gallery’s walls.