The Curatorial Development Program is part of RAKFAF’s efforts to support young people and the next generation of creative talent in the UAE and the Al Qasimi Foundation’s mission to enhance educational and professional development opportunities in the Emirate. Recognizing the sparsity of opportunities for curatorial training and the need for a generation of UAE-based curators to herald the blossoming creative scene into the next 50 years, the Curatorial Development Program provided a four-month mentorship program to a young, prospective curator and an opportunity to host their exhibition as part of the 10th annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival. Following a competitive application process, the selected curator undertook weekly 1-1 sessions with the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery’s Curatorial Team alongside individual self-paced work to select and curate their exhibition’s artwork before working with the RAKFAF team on its installation and related logistical work. The RAKFAF Curatorial Development Program exhibition can be found in Bayt 8.
This program is presented in collaboration with The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery.
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The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery

Established in 2014, The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery is the Gulf’s first and only university gallery with a program of scholarly and experimental museum exhibitions. The program seeks to map new territories and ideas through presenting exhibitions by internationally established artists, curators, and scholars at its main space. Its auxiliary venue, the Project Space, is an exhibition laboratory for the university community, and for emerging artists and curators. Situated within NYU Abu Dhabi, the community of which hails from over 115 countries, The Art Gallery organizes free public programs and guided tours in conjunction with its groundbreaking exhibitions. It also produces scholarly publications, which are a core part of its curatorial frame and reflect its academic mission. Collectively, with the Gallery’s Reading Room, these welcoming, intimate spaces open up artistic opportunities and initiate regional and international dialogue.