July 11, 2017

Gulf Arts and Culture Symposium

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Cover_Emergence as Hub for Contemporary Art_Online2July 11-13, 2017

The past five years have witnessed a tremendous growth in the creative fields in the Gulf Arab states. This symposium aimed to celebrate these advances and evaluate their impact: on social change, and on the global perception and representation of the Gulf Arab states. Participants included artists and representatives from arts foundations, who discussed the role of the creative fields and shared their work through exhibitions and performances.

Opening Reception and Exhibit with Emirati Artist Ebtisam Abdul-Aziz

Panel: The New Dynamism in Gulf Arts


Noor Aldabbagh, Founder and Curator, Banafsajeel
Ahmad Angawi, Associate Director, Al Makmad Foundation
Aisha Stoby, Curator, LMAF
Hanan Sayed Worrell, Senior Representative, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Mariët Westermann, Executive Vice President, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Moderator)

Film Screening of “Nearby Sky” with Director Nujoom Al-Ghanim

Panel: Culture and International Outreach


Marwah AlMugait, Artist and Photographer
Terry Harvey, Vice President, Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy
Stephen Stapleton, CEO and Founder, Edge of Arabia
Mohammed Rashid Al-Thani, Founding Director and Chief Curator, Institute of Arab and Islamic Art
Kristin Smith Diwan, Senior Resident Scholar, AGSIW