Youth Assembly

Youth Assembly

Youth programmes at Jameel Arts Centre commenced with the appointment of a Youth Assembly, an experimental programme designed to foster creative leaders aged 18 to 24 and invite the collective design of projects responding to areas of interest for their generation. The initiative is the cornerstone for future programming dedicated to this key age group at the Jameel Arts Centre. The 2018/2019 edition of the programme culminated in the Youth Takeover.

Spanning November 2018 to April 2019, the pilot Jameel Arts Centre Youth Assembly developed dedicated initiatives related to the interests of its nine members, who were selected through a highly competitive process, following nominations from Art Jameel’s extensive network of industry leaders. The Jameel Arts Centre Youth Assembly, all UAE Nationals and long-term residents (of seven different nationalities) spans a breadth of experience and interests and hails from across the UAE.

The 2018/2019 Youth Assembly members are: Shaikha Al Ketbi, Salwa Al Khudairi, Abdulghanni Al Nahawi, Hassan Adebayo Bello, Sara Bin Safwan, Jenan Ismail, Arpana MurugappanDina Tawil, and Ray Yafi.

Members biographies:

Shaikha Al Ketbi

Shaikha Fahad Al Ketbi is a visual artist whose multimedia practice spans across photography, drawing and installation art. Her work explores themes of self-awareness and blurs the line between fiction and reality. Much of her current practice involves instantaneous performative responses to isolated landscapes framed through her vivid, experiential dreams.

Salwa Al Khudairi

Salwa Al Khudairi is an Architect. She received her bachelor of Architecture from the American University of Sharjah, UAE. Prior to working at T.ZED Architects, she was a research assistant at the American University of Sharjah. Her final thesis, Phonogram, was a RIBA president’s medals finalist in 2017 and has received the Omrania CSBE award that same year.
Al Khudairi’s past projects include: Keswa, the Christo and Jeanne Claude Award (2015); Majlis, Abu Dhabi Art Pavilion (2017); Apex, Hajj Exhibition Installation (2017) and her work has been featured in WTD magazine and The Journal of Architectural Education.

Abdulghanni Al Nahawi

Born and raised in the UAE, Abdelghani Al Nahawi explores evolved impressions in a world which claims to be physical. He creates sculptures that appear deconstructed or ruined or exhausted, in order to investigate what is given (or not) and what is seen (or not).

Hassan Adebayo Bello

Hassan Adebayo Bello is a software engineer turned social entrepreneur. He is a nomad at heart, when he’s not busy promoting equality and inclusiveness; he enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring the world. His mission is to empower communities through the initiatives he embarks on and the work that he does. In 2016, Hassan founded The Ajala Project a Dubai-based social enterprise project that raises awareness and crowdfunds for impactful initiatives via artwork.

Sara Bin Safwan

Sara bin Safwan currently works as Assistant Curator for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, as a member of the curatorial team responsible for defining the vision for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum. She received her BA in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins in 2015 were she developed a keen interest in post-colonial theory. In 2016, she founded the online art platform, Banat Collective which focuses on discussing intersectionality and feminism within the regional context of MENA through art and writing. The collective released its first collaborative publication in 2018 titled, ‘In The Middle of it All’, a 31-artist collaboration of visual art, writing and poetry.

Jenan Ismail

Jenan Ismail graduated with a bachelor of Multimedia Design from the College of Art, Architecture and Design at the American University in Sharjah, UAE. She is a designer and visual artist whose work encompasses a wide range of creative practices, including film, photography, design and visual art. Her main interest is exploring the many ways through which diverse media can be merged and unified.

Arpana Murugappan

Arpana Murugappan is a multimedia designer. She couldn’t pick one thing to do, so she decided to do them all; including but not limited to illustration, photography, video and audio editing, web development, graphic design and animation. In her free time, you can either find her trying to pet a cat or reading a book. She is currently a senior at the American University of Sharjah.

Dina Tawil

Dina Tawil has a strong compulsion to create – anything from doodles to posters and travel videos. A multimedia designer by degree, a User Interface designer by vocation, and an illustrator by passion, she is always looking for new projects to work on. In her free time, she can be found doodling strangers and making up their life stories.

Ray Yafi

Ray Yafi is a multidisciplinary designer based in Dubai, UAE. She graduated from the American University of Sharjah with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication where she practiced bilingual design and studied the fundamentals of Arabic typography. Ray works across various creative disciplines, including publication design, brand identity development and art direction. Her focus on bilingual design supports her insights on further developing and incorporating cultural nuances within her work.

Education is at the heart of Art Jameel’s initiatives and central to the organisation’s thinking and collaborations. Our approach considers the arts as a prism for lifelong learning with programmes from primary age through to post-graduate level.

Youth and education

The Centre has a particular outreach focus on youth; the Learning team is designing arts programmes that encourage future leaders to take on challenges in the creative sector; facilitate debates and peer-to-peer exchanges of ideas; and that prompt self-initiated projects that use Art Jameel’s platform and networks.

School and university students

Secondary school and university students with an interest in art, architecture, design, culture, technology, media, literature and the future are encouraged to join this unique community by emailing [email protected].