Senses CEO Tata Monfared visits Sharjah Art Exhibition and meets Foundation’s President, Her Royal Highness Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi.
In the course of her month-long visit to the Middle East, Tata has had the opportunity to connect with many influential artists, patrons of the arts and art foundation officials from the region. One such important visit has been to the Sharjah Art Foundation’s March Meeting 2014 in the United Arab Emirates, and meeting with the Foundation President, Her Royal Highness Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi.
Her Royal Highness Sheikha, president of the Sharjah Arts Foundation since 2009, attended the WOIBEX Conference in Dubai where Tata had the opportunity to meet her. Sheikha Hoor’s mission is to strengthen the cultural and economic ties between Sharjah and the international art community. She herself has had much experience in this arena being an artist herself and the curator of international exhibits in Germany, Switzerland, and Sharjah. She is also on the Board of the MOMA and lives and works in both London and Sharjah.
At the exhibition, Sheikha Hoor highlighted the vital importance of Sharjah’s arts and culture sector and spoke about the growing success of the Sharjah Biennial. She also discussed some of the foundation’s initiatives to enhance international partnerships, such as residencies, production grants, commissions, and exhibitions. The core mission of the Foundation and Senses are similar: both believe in the central role art can play in the life of a community by promoting public learning and both promote a participatory approach to art.
The March Meeting 2014 that Tata is currently attending examines several pertinent issues in contemporary culture, addressing institutional formation, exhibitions, and artistic production as well as consideration of how to develop education and research initiatives. The meeting is also an exciting point of departure for Sharjah Biennial 12, incorporating commissioned artists to shape a context for their as yet unimagined projects. In addition to presentations, MM 2014 will feature case studies, collective research and evaluation sessions, and moderated, informal discussions at the end of each day, to promote the active participation of all in attendance.