Visits and residencies for cultural and curatorial practitioners.

For the month of January, Delfina Foundation has devised a programme of visits and residencies for cultural and curatorial practitioners as part of the Art & Patronage Summit: The Middle East.

The Art & Patronage Programme for Cultural & Curatorial Practitioners is a bursary scheme, made possible by the Maryam and Edward Eisler Foundation, to provide ten week-long visits during the week of the Summit to provide a platform for exchange and to initiate new relationships and international partnerships, and four month-long residencies during the month of the Summit to enable in-depth opportunities for critical research, engagement and professional development.

Individuals who are working at the forefront of arts and culture throughout, and/or in relation to, the Summit’s broad regional focus have been selected through a nomination process. The Summit’s Curatorial Committee selected ten practitioners for the week-long visits, and, in turn, that group nominated individuals to be selected for month-long residencies.

The Programme for Cultural & Curatorial Practitioners recipients of week-long visits are: Bassam el Baroni, Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum (Egypt); Omar Berrada, Dar al Mamun (Morocco); Banu Cennetoglu, Bas (Turkey); Khaled Hourani, International Art Academy of Palestine (Palestine); Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Independent writer and critic (Lebanon/USA); Samar Martha, Art School Palestine (West Bank); Zeynep Oz, SPOT (Turkey); Rijin Sahakian, Echo (Jordan/Iraq); and Murtaza Vali, freelance curator/writer (USA/Sharjah).

The month-long residents are: Barrak Alzaid (USA/Kuwait); Kristine Khouri (Lebanon/USA); Ozge Ersoy (Turkey); and Wafa Gabsi (Tunisia).