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Pelham Communications Launches Middle East Office

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SpY. Earth. 2021. Installation view at Noor Riyadh 2022. Image courtesy the artist. © Noor Riyadh 2022, a Riyadh Art program

Cultural communications agency Pelham Communications has launched a Middle East office in Dubai, having worked with clients in the region’s art and culture sector for nearly 20 years.

Pelham’s operations in the Middle East are led by founder and CEO Jasmin Pelham in London, and associate director and head of the Middle East office Rania Habib in Dubai.

Jasmin Pelham says: “At Pelham, we believe culture powers community. We are excited to establish our presence at the heart of a dynamic and inspiring region which is spearheading ambitious and thoughtful cultural projects for its communities, whilst also increasing international understanding of culture from the region.”

Since its founding in 2004, Pelham has serviced clients and events across the Middle East, including the Department of Culture & Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, NIKA Project Space and Efie Gallery in the UAE; Noor Riyadh 2022 and the Royal Commission For AlUla in Saudi Arabia; the National Pavilion of Saudi Arabia at Venice Biennale; and the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech, Morocco.

The agency has collaborated with numerous organisations to develop the arts scene and foster emerging talent in the region, such as Dubai’s Ayyam Gallery and Tabari Artspace, Misk Art Institute and Edge of Arabia in Saudi Arabia, Contemporary Istanbul, the 2009 Golden Gates: Contemporary Art from the Middle East exhibition in Paris, and the Iraq and Tunisia pavilions at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and 2017 respectively. Pelham has also worked to launch galleries in the Middle East, including Marfa’ Projects and Letitia Gallery in Beirut and Volte Art Projects in Dubai.