Mahtab Hussain
Mitti Ka Ghar

Mahtab Hussain, Mitti Ka Ghar, 2018,
Installation view, Photo: The New Art Gallery Walsall

Mitti Ka Ghar means “house made of earth” in Urdu.

The house has been built by artist Mahtab Hussain with the help of local people. It is based on traditional Kashmiri mud houses, still found in parts of the region. The house is made from straw, timber and clay.



We are planning to paint the interior in Mid November with brightly coloured patterns inspired by Mahtab’s photographs of mud houses.


Family Workshops

Saturday 10 November

Free, drop in sessions: 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm


Join Mahtab Hussain to create intricate coloured patterns initially on paper. You can then paint these directly onto the interior of the house. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


We will also be celebrating Diwali here in the Gallery the same day so there will be plenty to see and do!

Please feel free to explore the house but please treat it with care!


Mitti Ka Ghar

Until 24 March 2019

In September 2016, Mahtab Hussain travelled to Kashmir; to the place where his parents had once called home.  He was able to meet members of his family for the first time, including his great grandmother, and to witness the kind of life he may have lived, had history taken a different turn.


Inspired by traditional Kashmiri mud houses that can still be found in parts of the region, the artist is working with local communities to construct, furnish and decorate a house within the gallery and to explore ideas of home. Over the coming months, visitors can watch the house develop.