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Five (and a bit) Questions with… Batool Abbas

24 February 2017 | Amal Team


The best advice I’ve been given is to keep creating. Your attitude to what you do is everything.


1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Batool Abbas, and I am an illustrator/designer.  This may sound like a cliché, but I’ve always been a creative – although I’m not sure where it stemmed from as my family are more into the sciences. At school, I was an all-rounder in my subjects, but I found myself drawn more to the arts. I could really lose myself in my work and I felt that regardless of ability, the teachers were always constructive and positive with their criticism. There was no wrong way of doing something, which really broadened the scope of creativity.

2. Do you think an artist has a particular role or responsibility in the world? How do you see your role?

I think the role of the artist is a straightforward one; to translate what we see and feed into something we can experience through all of our senses.

3. How do you see your role?

Personally, if my art evokes an emotion, good or bad, it has succeeded. I don’t create to please any particular audience but to calm the thoughts within my own head.

4. Does identity play a role in your creative craft, and if so how?

I don’t believe that identity plays a role in my work – at least not consciously. I think sometimes it influences my thought process and perhaps there are goings on in the world that I may react more passionately towards. Consequently, I may feel inspired to create an illustrative response.

5. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given over the course of your career?

The best advice I’ve been given is to keep creating. Your attitude to what you do is everything. You never know what’s going to inspire your next work, and often the hardest part is making a start. But once you take the first step the rest flows naturally.

A bit more…

Where’s your favourite place to see art?

My favourite place to see art is on the streets – somewhere that makes you stop and really observe your surroundings. I think that’s a really important feeling, especially with our busy lives, to be able to pause for a second, even smile, and just think. It can really make your day.


Batool was part of our Amal teaser video along with several other artists. You can find out more about them here:

Alia Al Zougbi –

George Butler –

Batool Abbas –

Sanaa Hamid –

Nasreen Raja –

Ruh Al Alam –

Mohammed Yahya –

May Robertson –

Salahuddin Mazhary –

Alton Letto –

Thahmina Haseen –

Maab Adams –

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On 7 October 2019, we had the pleasure of hosting Amal partners from the 22 arts and culture projects we have supported since launching our programme in August 2018.

From London to Bradford

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