Abu Dhabi Art Appoints Dyala Nusseibeh as Fair Director

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 12 November 2016: Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) announced the appointment of Dyala Nusseibeh as Fair Director of Abu Dhabi Art, ahead of the 2016 edition of the event later this month.

Talking about the importance of the appointment, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of TCA Abu Dhabi said: “Abu Dhabi Art is one of the cornerstones of the emirate’s growing cultural calendar, weaving in our rich national perspective into the ongoing global cultural conversation. Dyala is well connected to her peers in the art world and the UAE community so her forthcoming leadership is an important moment for the project.”

Nusseibeh, a graduate in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, has also completed a master’s degree with distinction in Contemporary Art from Glasgow University. She started her career at Rawaj International in the UAE and has held senior positions in art institutions in the UK and Turkey over the course of her decade-long career. As part of the senior management at the Saatchi Gallery, London, one of the most influential art galleries operating in the UK today, she was responsible for the Education Programme, facilitating art education and championing young talent. Her keen eye for groundbreaking works underpinned the selections for student artists at the Gallery and her passion for making art accessible saw her initiate and organise a satellite exhibition of Gallery works in Ipswic

Commenting on her appointment, Dyala Nusseibeh said, “I am honoured to have joined the phenomenal team behind Abu Dhabi Art and look forward to contributing to its growth in the future. Abu Dhabi is undertaking extraordinary transformations in the field of art and Abu Dhabi Art will have a distinct role to play in supporting these important cultural innovations.”

Nusseibeh masterminded and led ArtInternational Istanbul from 2012 to 2016, cultivating her expertise in building concepts that reflect regional relevance whilst embracing an international outlook. During the course of four years, she established it as a leading platform for art collectors to access high-quality art from diverse markets such as Helsinki, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Tehran and San Francisco and grew the fair significantly year on year.

The eighth edition of Abu Dhabi Art scheduled to run from November 16-19, 2016, at Manarat Al Saadiyat, offers the UAE capital’s residents and visitors a rich programme of innovative exhibitions, talks and performances. It offers a multi-disciplinary experience combining an art fair with a diverse arts programme. The art fair presents new and established galleries from around the world showcasing artworks for sale, and the Abu Dhabi Art programme features a dynamic interdisciplinary set of curatorial events for all audiences to enjoy. In her prestigious, new role, Nusseibeh will be steering the organisation of the 2017 edition.

For more information, visit www.abudhabiart.ae


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About Abu Dhabi Art

Abu Dhabi Art offers a multi-disciplinary experience combining an art fair with a diverse arts programme. The art fair presents innovative and established galleries from around the world showcasing artworks for sale, and the Abu Dhabi Art programme features a dynamic interdisciplinary set of art, talks and sensational events for all audiences to enjoy. Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), Abu Dhabi Art continuously evolves and adapts to the ongoing developments of the cultural landscape in the Saadiyat Cultural District and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, promoting the city as a catalyst for art and culture.

About Abu Dhabi Culture & Tourism Authority

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The authority supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key authority role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.