Youth-focussed community programmes at Jameel Arts Centre commenced with the appointment of the first Assembly in 2018, an experimental programme designed to foster creative leaders aged 18 to 24 and enable peer-to-peer exchange of ideas, discussions and to prompt self-initiated projects that utilise Art Jameel’s networks and opportunities.
The platform’s annually-appointed multidisciplinary cohort of UAE-based practicing artists, researchers and entrepreneurs collaborate to lead public programmes, commissioned exhibitions, roundtables and more, in response to both Art Jameel exhibitions and projects as well as current events and discourse.
The joint project is developed over the course of the year via discussion sessions, site visits, exhibition tours and additional opportunities for engagement across the Emirates and within Art Jameel’s local and global network.
The first cohort of the Youth Assembly convened in 2018-2019 and the second cohort participated throughout 2020. May 2021 marks the beginning of the third Assembly cycle, which runs till May 2022.