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Sharjah Art Foundation Announces Fifth Annual March Meeting

March Meeting 2012: Working With Artists and Audiences on Commissions and Residencies is a three-day symposium featuring presentations by artists, art professionals and institutions on the production and dissemination of art in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Preceeding the Sharjah biennial which will take place in March 2012, the conference will thematically explore the present realities, future outlook and dynamics between artists and institutions in the context of artistic commissions and residencies. Speakers will explore a range of topics including the challenges and opportunities for artists and institutions when collaborating on artistic commissions, how international residencies serve as vehicles for social change, whether residencies create environments for artists to take risks, as well as looking at the economic support systems for residencies and commissions. Participants in the 2012 March Meeting were selected by invitation and through an open call for submissions in December 2011, to which nearly 170 applications by individuals from 45 countries were submitted.

The March Meeting and related events are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended at marchmeeting@sharjahart.org

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