Art Dubai’s fellowship programme for mid-career art practitioners,
returns this year with a focus on writing and is led by writer and curator Tirdad Zolghadr.
This intensive programme of discussions and workshops – supported in 2015 by Julius
Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group -- enables exceptional writers based in
the Middle East to hone their writing skills, share and debate experiences, while
engaging with the international editors, critics, curators and museum directors that
attend the fair.
Fellows selected for the 2015 programme are: Rahel Aima (Dubai), Liane Al Ghusain
(Kuwait), Mirene Arsanios (Beirut), Kareem Estefan (New York), Yara Saqfalhait
(Ramallah) and Stefan Tarnowski (Beirut/London).
Education has been at the heart of Art Dubai since its launch in 2007; the fair now has
the largest education and community programming of any such event worldwide,
providing opportunities for children and teenagers through to students, graduates,
collectors and enthusiasts.
Forum Fellows is aimed at those already established and working in cities across the
region; over the years, the programme has highlighted and nurtured a group of
outstanding young curators and writers. The Fellows are selected via an intensive
nomination and jury process, relying on the expertise of a network of independent arts
professionals from across the region.
“Art writing and critique have been identified as areas needing urgent attention in this
region and beyond,” said Antonia Carver, Fair Director, Art Dubai. “We’re thrilled to be
working with Tirdad Zolghadr, and six brilliant writers, through the fellowship programme
to address and debate the current state of the art of writing.”
Julius Baer, a lead sponsor of Art Dubai, is supporting the Forum Fellows programme
for the first time in 2015. Commenting on the partnership, Rémy Bersier, Member of the
Executive Board, Bank Julius Baer said: “We take pride in continuing to support the
UAE’s emergence as both a financial and a cultural hub. As such, we are very pleased
to partner with Art Dubai to showcase our ongoing commitment to this valuable
endeavour, as well as to promote the thriving art scene that is currently developing in
the Emirates. After celebrating our 10th anniversary in the UAE, we remain committed
to supporting the development of the region and to our long-term strategy of growing
our presence in the UAE and the broader Middle East.”
The 2015 edition of the fellowship program is plotted along two axes. The first is a
series of discussions addressing the topic of new technologies, to which the 2015
Global Art Forum is devoted. The fellows will be engaging with invited speakers from
the fair and beyond to explore the online developments that are increasingly marking
criticism, curatorial prose and art journalism. The second axis is an intensive writing
workshop, for which the participants will present and critique each other’s work on a
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