Art Jameel’s mandate includes a focus on excavating, documenting, and playing a role in creating, cultural histories of the GCC and wider Middle East. The Jameel Arts Centre Dubai, due to open in the winter of 2018, will include an open access library and research centre, designed to include books, papers, theses, artists’ archives, and ephemera. The library and research centre will be a place to access, analyse, and build art histories of the Gulf region and beyond, and also offering local audiences access to information on international artists.

As part of our ongoing research programme, we have partnered with the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates at the Biennale di Venezia 2017, working together to broaden the research around the exhibition conceived by curator Hammad Nasar. The curatorial team and artists – both those participating in the exhibition and a wider group of artists, poets and writers active in the UAE – are contributing to the research project, which builds on the theme of ‘play’ referenced by the exhibition ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play’, opening in May at the UAE Pavilion in Venice.