Art and Cultural Production in the GCC

Image still from Suzannah Mirghani short film Hind's Dream taken at Richard Serra sculptures in Qatar

Much of the research on “Art and Cultural Production in the Gulf” tends to focus on the rapidly growing museum culture and the acquisition of foreign art as indicative of several Gulf states’ use of oil revenue. Over the past fifteen years, Khaleeji culture has been inundated by rapid demographic, economic, and social changes that continue to challenge the more traditional customs and values. At present, rapid development in the GCC states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) has not only affected social and political institutions underpinning Gulf societies, but also artistic and cultural institutions and their undertakings. In line with this, CIRS has launched a research initiative to provide further insight into the relationships and connections between the Gulf states and the art and cultural industries that exist within these societies. 

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Background and Scope of the Project

What makes us human is our ability to communicate our perception of the world around us through verbal, visual and musical portrayals of our everyday experiences, creating a culture around…
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Book Publication

Suzi Mirgani, ed., Art and Cultural Production in the Gulf Cooperation Council (London: Routledge, 2018). State-driven investments in art and cultural production in the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are an important…
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Summary Report

“Art and Cultural Production in the GCC,” CIRS Summary Report no. 18 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2017). In an effort to explore the evolution of the art and cultural scene…
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Working Group Meetings

Click here to read about the “Arts and Cultural Production in the GCC” Working Group Meeting I Click here to read about the “Arts and Cultural Production in the GCC” Working Group…