The 2019 iteration of Global Art Forum was organised by Commissioner Shumon Basar, with Editor and Writer Victoria Camblin, and Curator and Writer Fawz Kabra as Co-Directors. This year’s two-day forum, the most significant of its kind in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, took place in March 20-21 during Art Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah.
Following on from last year’s theme of automation, Global Art Forum 2019 united a diverse cast of global minds – from renowned curators and critics to educationalists and entrepreneurs – under the theme of “School is a Factory?” and address some of the urgent challenges and opportunities facing education today.
Some of the pressing questions posed throughout the Forum’s lectures, presentations and conversations were: “What should education prioritise in the coming decade?” “How should humans be taught in the age of accelerated mechanization?” “Is the notion of ‘learning for life’ just an opportunistic tagline?” “Will higher education escape the ghetto of elitism?” “Do past experiments in education have something to teach today?” and “Will we need humans to teach humans anymore, anyway?”
Global Art Forum is supported by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.