Each year, the Global Art Forum brings together a diverse line-up of artists, curators, musicians, writers and thought leaders. The Forum is recognised for its collaborative, innovative approach to the art world and draws on other disciplines and experiences to take a broad ‘helicopter view’. It includes performance, music, commissioned research and projects alongside live talks.
The Middle East, North Africa & South Asia (MENASA) region’s leading platform for cultural debate and discussion, the Global Art Forum 2011 focused on key issues that bring together the arts scenes of the region with the rest of the world. Having celebrated its fifth edition in 2011, the Forum was put together by a curatorial committee chaired by Shumon Basar and included Tirdad Zolghadr, Antonia Carver and Claudia Cellini, and focused broadly on the theme of Changing Audiences. Specific strands – explored through keynotes, panels, workshops, conversations and performances – looked at the mutual sympathies between fashion and art, and how artists see their role in relation to new audiences.
Global Art Forum 5 was presented by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) in partnership with Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (Qatar Museums Authority), Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage (ADACH) and the Ministry of Culture, Kingdom of Bahrain.