Munira Al Sayegh (UAE, 1989), an independent curator based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, worked with NYUAD as an assistant producer on the FIND project (2012), as co-curator of Art Dubai Projects (2014), assistant curator of Emirati Expressions (2015), and curator of Bayn: the in-between, the third edition of U.A.E Unlimited (2017).
Al Sayegh was a curator on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi exhibition The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence (2017), which she worked on alongside the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project as programmes officer (2015-2017) and whilst curating the Abu Dhabi Art talks programme (2017).
In 2019, she curated the Residents section of Art Dubai, was the lead tutor for Campus Art Dubai and started the Now series, highlighting non-government funded creative platforms in the region.
In 2020, Al Sayegh curated her biggest exhibition The Cup and The Saucer, commissioned by Warehouse421.
Antonia Carver (UK, 1971) is Director of Art Jameel, leading teams in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and overseeing programmes across learning and the arts. She joined in 2016 with a mandate to develop the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai (which opened as Dubai’s contemporary arts museum in November 2018), and Hayy Jameel, Jeddah (opening November 2021), and to institute a new period of radical growth for the organisation. Among other roles, Carver was previously Director of Art Dubai (2010-2016); Projects Director at Bidoun; in strategy and programming at Dubai International Film Festival; an editor at Phaidon; and has written extensively on Middle Eastern art and film.
Venetia Porter (UK, 1955) is a curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle East art at the British Museum. She has a BA in Arabic and Persian, an MPhil in Islamic Art from the University of Oxford and a PhD from the University of Durham on the history and architecture of Medieval Yemen.
She has curated two major exhibitions at the British Museum, Word into Art (2006) and Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam (2012) and was the lead curator for the Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World which opened in October 2018.
Her research and publications, including Islamic Tiles (1995), Arabic and Persian Seals and Amulets in the British Museum (2011) range from Arabic inscriptions to contemporary art and she is a contributor to The Islamic World: A history through objects (2018).