One of the leading authorities on the Middle East art scene has been appointed to lead the development of Art Jameel, which aims to foster and promote a thriving arts and cultural scene across the MENAT region.

Antonia Carver, who was previously the Director of Art Dubai, started her new role as Director of Art Jameel in August 2016.  She is responsible for leading all Art Jameel initiatives and strengthening its relationships with institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Fady Jameel, President of Community Jameel International, said: “We are pleased to announce Antonia as our first Art Jameel Director. It reflects the exciting ambitions we have for the organization. With Antonia’s in-depth regional and global experience, she’s the ideal person for this role. We are thrilled to have her on board.”

Based in the UAE since 2001, Antonia has written for The Art Newspaper and Screen International, as well as editing several books and journals. She helped establish the Dubai International Film Festival, has advised the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and has also worked as an editor for Phaidon Press in London.

Antonia Carver said: “I’m thrilled to be working with Art Jameel and its international partners to build new institutions, devise publishing projects and educational initiatives, and deliver programs that benefit artists, writers, curators and arts communities in the region.”