Art Dubai Fellowship is a programme for exceptional artists, curators and writers working in the Arab world and beyond, coming together for a week-long series of intensive workshops during Art Dubai. Since 2009, the Forum Fellows Workshop has aimed to support the writing practices and critical skills of artists, curators and art writers throughout the MENASA region.

Thirty-one 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.



This years Fellowship programme borders around the same theme as last year. It will address the specific issue of artists writing with the emphasis placed on the relationship between an artist’s written output and their overall artistic practice. 

The Fellowship programme is supported by Julius Baer


Edwin Nasr (b. 1994) is a writer and researcher based in Beirut. His writings focus on queer subjectivities, decolonial praxis, and radical political formations, and have been featured in ArteEast, Muftah Magazine, and Counterpunch, among others. Nasr has recently given talks at Harvard University VES, the American University of Beirut, and Alserkal Avenue, Dubai.

Lantian Xie (b.1988) makes images, objects, stories, jazz bands, motorcycles, books, and parties. Previous exhibitions include 57th Venice Biennale, 11th Shanghai Biennale, 3rd Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Rachel Dedman (b. 1989) is an independent curator and writer based between Beirut and London. Current and recent curatorial work includes projects for Ashkal Alwan, Kiln Theatre, the Jerusalem Show IX, and the Palestinian Museum. Rachel is co-editor of, and one third of Earth Hold, a collective currently commissioning radio broadcasts from artists.

Yaminay Chaudhri (b. 1979) is an artist with education in architecture and multi-media studio arts. She uses writing, digital media and urban engagement to talk about Karachi as a site of contesting/complicit class aspirations. Her current work seeks alternatives to these aspirations; and the potential for insurgency in discarded bodies.


Tirdad Zolghadr is a curator and writer. His most recent book is Traction, Sternberg Press 2016. Zolghadr is artistic director of the Summer Academy Paul Klee in Bern and associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. He teaches at the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem.