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Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research is a grass-roots independent artist–run initiative founded in 2014 and is located in our 19th century family home in Bethlehem. Originally built in the late 1880's by al Mukhtar Yusuf Jacir, the site serves as a place in which the history and contemporary conditions of Bethlehem meet, enabling the exchange and production of new art works and visions towards the future.

This multi-faceted project is devoted to educational, cultural, and agricultural activities. It is an experimental learning hub for the Bethlehem community and beyond – a place to ask questions, exchange ideas, to dream and to grapple with our contemporary situation.

Knowledge production and research are the key pillars behind Dar Jacir. Workshops, seminars and master classes are conducted to facilitate the circulation of creative and intellectual endeavors across a range of disciplines and media in particular art and cinema. Our residency program offers an opportunity for visiting international and local artists and scholars to live and work in Dar Jacir. Our mission includes reactivating the links between Bethlehem and her community in Latin America with a special focus on exchange with the half million Bethlehemites living in Santiago, Chile. In addition, Dar Jacir houses a research center devoted to our Ottoman archives – a vast collection of rare visual and textual material from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the future, we plan on hosting scholars in Ottoman studies from around the world in addition to artists, academics, musicians and filmmakers to use these archives. We work in partnership with local and international organizations to disseminate and share programming to the widest possible audience.

Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research
Al Khalil Road,Bethlehem, West Bank

T: 02 274 3257

By Appointment Only


Supported by the A. M. Qattan Foundation through the “Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field” project funded by Sweden