TA’AROF 2017 – SAFIR’s First Young Artist Workshop Launches as part of SB13

Day 1 lectures with Curator Tarek Abou El Fetouh & SAFIR Founders Hala Khayat, Fathi Zamroud & Dr. Nader Kabbani

SAFIR welcomed six young artists from Syria this last March for an intensive ten day workshop TA’AROF 2017 that took place as part of the Sharjah Art Biennial 13 Tamawuj.

Sponsored by the Sharjah Art Foundation, the young artists had the unique opportunity of attending SAFIR Workshop lectures given by key curators and artists from the MENA region, in addition to being led on interactive tours of SB13 and attending key SB13 events.



SAFIR Artists with Lord Snowdon & Hala Khayat during a visit to Christie’s Dubai Auction

As part of the workshop, the artists were also taken on guided tours of Art Dubai 2017, Christie’s Auction, and visits to galleries in Al Serkal Avenue introducing them to a number of prominent art events in the region.

Through the lectures and guided visits, the workshop aimed to provide an initial catalyst to expand the horizons of the participants and  to help them experience the full spectrum of the art world, expanding their artistic networks and forming a better understanding of the role of biennials, art centers and artist residencies in the development of their practice.

Keeping in line with SAFIR capacity development objectives, the workshop lectures focused on developing key skills, including creating value, refining technique, and communicating ideas.

MASSYR Founders at Day 1 of TA’AROF- From right to left, Dr. Nader Kabbani, Hala Khayat and Fathi Zamroud

Facilitated by a number of prominent artists and art experts, including Hala Khayat, one of the founders of MASSYR and Director of Sales at Christie’s Dubai, David Linley (Earl of Snowdon), Christine Tohme Curator of SAF 13, renowned artists Safwan Dahoul ,Thaier Helal and Ismail Al-Rifai, and curators Reem Fadda, Tarek Abou El Fetouh and Fawz Kabra.

SAFIR Artists during studio visits Noor Bahjat Al Masri, Mohamed Khayata, Abdallah Omari, Yamen Yousef, Alaa Sharabi, Juhayda Al Bitar, Anas Albraehe. 

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