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.
In 2010, the Global Art Forum returns as the Middle East's leading platform for cultural debate and discussion, focusing on key issues that bring together the arts scenes of the region with the rest of the world.
Under the banner 'Crucial Moments', the 2010 Forum explores evolving aspects of contemporary culture including education, mapping modernism, art writing, and patronage. Bringing experts from the art world together with those from the region, speakers will discuss both practical outcomes as well as more theoretical concerns.
Returning for a third successful year at Art Dubai, The Global Art Forum played host to a series of lectures and discussions featuring leading contemporary art thinkers. The forum continued to create links between East and West through the exploration of professional and public interests in art. It examined public support for the arts, corporate and private collecting and art patronage taking into consideration the state of the economic climate. Other topics under discussion included The Art Party, and focuses on cities such as Athens, Moscow and Tehran.