Kashkul, a research, preservation, and arts collaborative based at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), hosted the opening of the University Stone Garden and The Stone Man, a retrospective of artist Ismail Khayat on April 4, 2018. Khayat joined the AUIS community as an artist in residence in 2017 and together with Kashkul archived and digitized his life work, designed a retrospective that examines five decades of work, filmed a short-subject documentary featuring the artist, and built the AUIS Stone Garden alongside student-artists. Members of the community were invited to attend the opening, which was also covered by a number of local media organizations.
Khayat's talk is hosted on the inaugural day of the three-day "Smile Fundraiser" event at AUIS organized by students to help refugees and IDPs. The event will feature handicrafts and pieces of artwork for sale to raise funds for the Khanke Camp in Duhok and Shabak Camp in Chamchamal.