The Board of Art Dubai has today announced the appointment of Antonia Carver tosucceed John Martin as Fair Director of Art Dubai. Antonia Carver is a writerand arts administrator, and has been widely recognized as a leading advocate ofcontemporary Middle Eastern art. She has been working in the arts for the pastsixteen years, and brings to the fair a broad base of experience across both thecommercial and not-for-profit sectors.
Based in Dubai for the past eight years, Carver has been a member of therenowned Middle Eastern arts organization Bidoun since its inception in 2004,and is currently editor-at-large of Bidoun magazine and director of BidounProjects, responsible for overseeing a dynamic programme of artists' projects,commissions, exhibitions, talks and educational events. Bidoun Projects was thecuratorial partner of Art Dubai in 2010. In these roles, Carver has worked withsome of the Middle East's best-known as well as emerging artists, complementingher knowledge of international contemporary art.
John Martin, who remains on the board of Art Dubai, commented: "We are delightedthat Antonia Carver has accepted the role of fair director. Her appointmentunderlines the Board's commitment to build on Art Dubai's exceptional worldwidereputation for innovation and quality. Antonia's experience internationally andin the region will strengthen the core values of the fair, ensuring it continuesto be a significant driving force in the growth of the region's art scene."
The fifth edition of Art Dubai takes place in March 2011. Coinciding withSharjah Biennial 10, the UAE will become the destination for collectors,curators and art lovers from around the world. With the deadline for galleryapplications closing at the end of June, the fair has seen a surge of interestfrom international galleries wishing to participate, as well as applicationsfrom Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon and key art markets around the MENAregion.