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In 2011, alongside Global Art Forum 5, Art Dubai launched a fellowship programme that aims to bring together a group of exceptional young curators, artists and arts administrators from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia (MENASA) region. Each year five cities (plus the UAE) from the region are selected – in 2011, Antakya, Dhaka, Karachi, Jerusalem and Tehran – and Art Dubai’s Curatorial Advisory Board and other leading curators, artists and gallerists are asked to nominate potential participants. The final selection is made by the Global Art Forum curatorial committee, based on the applications received.

The intense programme offered the Fellows the opportunity to engage with all aspects of the Forum, the fair and other events in the Gulf. Long-term, we aim to develop something of a “think tank” for the arts in the region – a collection of dynamic individuals who can pool and exchange ideas and experience, and promote best practice.


Fellows selected for the 2011 programme were:

Salauddin Ahmed

Mirna Bamieh

Emrah Gokdemir

Sohrab M Kashani

Sumbul Khan

Noor Al Suwaidi