Art Dubai Appoints Antonia Carver as its New Fair Director

Published June 15th, 2010 - 12:11 GMT

The Board of Art Dubai has today announced the appointment of Antonia Carver to
succeed John Martin as Fair Director of Art Dubai. Antonia Carver is a writer
and arts administrator, and has been widely recognized as a leading advocate of
contemporary Middle Eastern art. She has been working in the arts for the past
sixteen years, and brings to the fair a broad base of experience across both the
commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

Based in Dubai for the past eight years, Carver has been a member of the
renowned Middle Eastern arts organization Bidoun since its inception in 2004,
and is currently editor-at-large of Bidoun magazine and director of Bidoun
Projects, responsible for overseeing a dynamic programme of artists' projects,
commissions, exhibitions, talks and educational events. Bidoun Projects was the
curatorial partner of Art Dubai in 2010. In these roles, Carver has worked with
some of the Middle East's best-known as well as emerging artists, complementing
her knowledge of international contemporary art.

John Martin, who remains on the board of Art Dubai, commented: "We are delighted
that Antonia Carver has accepted the role of fair director. Her appointment
underlines the Board's commitment to build on Art Dubai's exceptional worldwide
reputation for innovation and quality. Antonia's experience internationally and
in the region will strengthen the core values of the fair, ensuring it continues
to 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 with
Sharjah Biennial 10, the UAE will become the destination for collectors,
curators and art lovers from around the world. With the deadline for gallery
applications closing at the end of June, the fair has seen a surge of interest
from international galleries wishing to participate, as well as applications
from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon and key art markets around the MENA

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