She may have become renowned as being integral to the growing arts scene in Dubai over the past year, yet the manager of Ayyam Gallery is just as much in the spotlight for her inimitable and distinguished style.
Tell us how you have contributed to the arts scene here in Dubai in 2012.
In addition to managing Ayyam Gallery’s DIFC space, I’ve been integral in the organisation of Art Nights @ Gate Village. Art Nights combine elements of art, music, film and design through a variety of exhibitions and live acts. It’s really become a part of Dubai’s cultural fabric.
Why has the arts scene taken off so successfully in this region?
There’s been a surge of amazing art galleries and art fairs here as well as a number of museums in the pipeline. Plus, the educational and institutional support in the art field has developed immensely. These elements are crucial when building any arts scene.
While you promote art in the media, you hit the headlines for your fashion sense. How would you describe your style?
Experimental and fun. I love mixing designer pieces with high street/flea market buys. You’ll find me wearing vivid colours, heavy fabrics and bold prints. I’m a massive fan of statement jewellery. Being experimental breaks the mould and I try not to follow the mainstream.
Who are your favourite designers?
I’m a fan of regional designer Essa – he’s a brilliant craftsman. Manuosh is one of my favorite designer brands – imaginative and whimsical with lots of tassels and bows. I love Alexander McQueen too – he’s so theatrical.