The year 2013 has brought a fresh dose of enthusiasm and energy for CAF and the year is materialising to be an exciting one for us. We have a positive outlook on what is to come as we expand our presence and share our message further.
Our year kicked off with our first panel discussion at Sotheby’s (London) on January 23rd. It was nothing less than a success as our distinguished panel ensured an engaging discussion on the relationship between art and culture.To read the full press click here. Its success has spurred positive energy and CAF recently hosted another panel discussion on Friday 22nd March at Art Dubai as part of the VIP programme. Part of our ‘New Directions’ series, this particular talk ‘Art Education in the Middle East,’ explored the issues and challenges surrounding education in the arts, specifically for the Middle East & its emergence of aspiring artists. This talk was held in collaboration with The Moving Museum, moderated by CAF’s committee member Alia Al Senussi and introduced by CAF’s founder, Nina Mahdavi. Panellists included Myrna Ayad, Stephen Beddoe, Dana Farouki & artist Soheila Sokhanvari.
The first part of the series, ‘New Directions: The Artist’s Evolution,’ took place on Thursday 21st March on Resonance FM’s Six Pillars and was chaired by Fari Bradley and included speakers Stephen Beddoe and Sophia Al-Maria.
July will see the start of the Shubbak Festival in London and CAF will take part in a 2 day major conference at SOAS led by Art Tomorrow magazine’s Hamid Keshmershekan: ‘Global Vis-A-Vis: Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies’. Speakers from major institutions and academies from around the world will take part in this programme, discussing themes around contemporary art from the Middle East in its extended historical and global perspective. Tickets will go on sale and Caspian Arts Foundation will be giving a few free tickets away for our supporters & readers. Announcement of this will be made in April.
Not only will the summer bring sunshine but we intend to announce this year’s scholarship awardees between the 22nd and 26th July. A select few aspiring artists will receive a ‘life changing opportunity’ to complete an MA in Fine Art, Film, Photography or Fashion at one of the prestigious University of the Arts London colleges.For more information and to keep up with our news, including how you can get involved, follow us on Twitter (@caspianarts) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/caspianarts).