Art Dubai Fellowship is a programme for exceptional curators and writers working in the Arab world and beyond, coming together for a week-long series of intensive workshops during Art Dubai.

Twenty-six fellows have participated since 2011; together, they form a dynamic alumni group, with several continuing to collaborate and support each other, beyond their experiences on the programme.

Following sessions devoted to curating (led by Tirdad Zolghadr in 2011) and writing (Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, in 2012), the Global Art Forum’s fellowship programme returned in 2013 with a focus on translation. Four writers, artists and curators from the Arab met to discuss and unravel the practice of working across Arabic and English, through a series of intensive workshops led by writer and translator Omar Berrada. The week culminated in a presentation on the final day of the Global Art Forum in Dubai.

‘It means this,’ Global Art Forum’s theme for 2013, seemed an ideal occasion to explore translation as a constant quest for impossible equivalents, and writing on art as an elaborate method for translating images. Through readings, workshops, and discussions with members of the Art Dubai community at large, the fellows probed the challenges of translating English art criticism and theory into Arabic, as well as ponder Arabic art criticism’s current lack of international visibility.

Going forward, the fellowship programme will keep within this three-year cycle, focusing in 2014 on curating, followed by writing and translation in subsequent editions of Art Dubai.

Fellows selected for the 2013 programme were:

Omar Berrada

Sarah Abu Abdallah

Khalid Hadeed

Alia Al Sabi

Fadi Tofeili