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Art Dubai Fellowship is a programme for exceptional artists, curators and writers working in the Arab world and beyond, who came 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.

The Fellowship programme is supported by Julius Baer


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 polycephaly.net, 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.

Dima Hamadeh (b.1 982) is a researcher, writer and translator currently based in Beirut. She holds a research MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the Lebanese University, Beirut. Her work is focused on areas related to contemporary art practices within the Arab context, in terms of their epistemological frameworks and thematics, modes and conditions of production, institutions and labour.


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.