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Inside/Out: Sarah Ayoub Agha

July 28, 2011

City inspirations with the up-and-coming arts supervisor for up-and-coming artists

  • Text by Holly Williams

We speak to Sarah Ayoub Agha, a bright addition to the ever-growing Dubai art scene and the Art Supervisor for the Arts & Cultural division at Funoon, Dubai Ladies Club...

Satellite Voices: What’s your occupation... a) during the day & b) at night?

Sarah Ayoub Agha: a) I’m an Art Supervisor for the Arts and Culture division at Dubai Ladies Club called Funoon. I am continuously working on having Funoon become an essential link for students / emerging artists in professionally positioning themselves within the art industry by offering them a variety of opportunities and creating a better understanding of the art world locally and internationally. b) A struggling artist trying to find myself and my way to the art world. Most of the time I am out but always writing sudden thoughts that come to my head and sketching ideas to work on and develop.

SV: Where do you live and what inspires you about that area of town?
Sarah Ayoub Agha
: I live in Dubai. My work is all about women's issues and the woman's direct relationship to the man; I find this side of the world very inspirational. I have lived in Europe for a couple of years and I have to admit that it’s as rich for my work as Dubai but in a whole different perspective. It is the exact opposite but with the same result. Women in the UAE have a very intimate relationship among one another, there’s a whole different world they live in parallel to men. Women sit together most of the times in a ladies-only environment and exchange stories and jokes; for me is very inspirational.


SV: How long have you lived in your city and brought you there?
Sarah Ayoub Agha:
I have lived in Dubai almost all of my life. My family moved here thinking that they would go back to Syria in a couple of years; it’s been 26-years-now and we are still here.

SV: Can you talk about the best creative youth cultures in your town?
Sarah Ayoub Agha:
From Funoon’s perspective (Dubai Ladies Club), we have been working for years to create youth cultures.  We have the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award for its sixth year now, which supports young artists and gives them a chance to excel in what they do. We have also recently launched Art Conversations which is a casual gathering conducted every first Tuesday of the each month starting May 2011 until December 2011. It is a grand opportunity for emerging artists living in the UAE to interact with art luminaries from both regional and international back grounds. I am also well aware of Farjam first Wednesday’s talks and the attention the country has given to build museums. It’s coming along and I think that in a short time things will be more tangible and will have so much to offer in this regard.

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