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.

Led by writer and curator Tirdad Zolghadr, the 2019/20 programme will examine the role of artist writing within the overall moral economy of Contemporary Art. 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.

Fellows for the 2019/20 programme will be announced shortly.


The Fellowship programme 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. Writing will be addressed as a key mode of empowerment for an artist today. As a means to stake and maintain a position, beyond the comfort zones of indeterminacy we are professionally accustomed to. By means of collective discussion and group critique, the Forum Fellows will once again address issues of hands-on writing techniques, but also conceptual concerns of a more sweeping nature. How to make the best of the shifting relationship between image and language?

The Fellowship programme is supported by Julius Baer

Lead Tutor

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.