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Antonia Carver


As Director of Art Jameel since August 2016, Antonia Carver has overseen the expansion of Art Jameel as it builds new institutions in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; grows its international partnerships; and initiates new exhibition, educational, and publishing projects. The Jameel Arts Center is due to open in Dubai in the winter of 2018, with a program dedicated to research, education, and contemporary exhibition-making. Carver was previously Director of Art Dubai (2010–16), where she helped develop the annual fair into the leading international fair for the Middle East and South Asia. Carver, who has been based in the UAE since 2001, has written extensively on Middle Eastern art and film for international and regional publications and has also edited books and journals. In 2004, she joined the Middle Eastern arts organization Bidoun as an editor and later became the director of their projects division.