Miranda McKee

is an independent curator and arts programmer who has spent the past ten years between Canada and the UAE developing exhibitions and public programmes in collaboration with artists, art foundations, and government organisations. Her work is driven by a passion for arts and culture initiatives that provide meaningful platforms for community building and critical self-reflection within society.  

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Jolaine Frizzell

is the Director of The Institute for Emerging Art, a unique, artist-driven, Dubai-based platform creating opportunities for emerging and overlooked local artists through partnerships across the art ecosystem. She earned her MA in Art History from the University of Western Ontario (2004) and holds a BFA (Photography, 2001) and BA (Art History, 2000) from the University of Calgary. Formerly a gallery director in Zurich, London and Dubai, she has worked for over 12 years in commercial galleries and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the gallery including managing their yearly exhibitions, curation, business development, writing promotional material, developing artists' texts and establishing key relationships with cultural players. 

Nadine Khalil

has an academic background in anthropology and has held leading editorial positions at magazines in Beirut (Bespoke, Executive | Life, A Mag) and Dubai (Canvas) covering arts and culture for the past decade. She has authored a series of artist monographs on Lebanese artists Samir Sayegh and Hanibal Srouji as well as the late filmmaker Jocelyne Saab. Her writing can also be found in Art Monthly, Ocula, FT, Goethe's Art and Thought Journal, The Women's Review of Books, Selections and Harper's Bazaar Art. Before publishing, Nadine worked with non-profit art organisations Ashkal Alwan and the Arab Image Foundation as well as for video art festivals in Europe such as MidEast Cut and the Arab Independent Film Festival as an independent curator.

Nahla al-Tabbaa

is an artist, pedagogue, and culinary ethnographer. She works in urban research, materiality, and alchemy to create social impact. Nahla earned her MA in Curatorial Practice from the Bath School of Art and Design (2012), and her BFA in Sculpture from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design (2009). She previously developed and led the community programme at Sharjah Art Foundation, and currently designs education projects independently and in collaboration with institutions including Art Jameel, Warehouse 421, and the Beacon House National Trust University. Nahla is a culinary navigator and ethnographer with Frying Pan Adventures, and co-founder of Daftar Asfar, a mobile sketchbook publishing platform.

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Kevin Jones

is the founder of Juniper Mind. New York-born and Paris-bred, Kevin has lived in the Middle East for the past fourteen years, serving as UAE Desk Editor for the magazine ArtAsiaPacific, while contributing art criticism both internationally (The Art Newspaper, Artforum, ArtReviewFlashArt International) and regionally. As an educator, he taught as part of Art Jameel’s Hayy Learning initiative for emerging Saudi artists, and has been a faculty member and mentor at Dubai-based non-profit Tashkeel since 2015. Formerly a strategist with international branding and communications agencies including Havas Worldwide, Kevin has positioned Juniper Mind to help artists, brands, and institutions think more critically.