Edmund Capon Appointed New Chair of 4A

Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art has elected Edmund Capon as its new chair of the board. A London native, Capon brings with him 33 years of arts experience gained while working at Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, where he was director and chief curator since 1978.

BoS Severs Ties with Transfield

The future of the Biennale of Sydney (BoS) has been thrown into question after last Friday, when its board capitulated to pressure from participating artists to sever ties with its founding partner and major sponsor Transfield, the contractor which manages Australia’s immigration detention facilities, currently on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

QMA Launches Artist Residency Program

On March 5, the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) unveiled its plans to transform the historic Doha Fire Station into a new artist residency program. Fire Station: Artists in Residence is set to open to the public in November, by which time it will already have welcomed its first guests. 

Georgia's Minister of Culture Dismissed

On February 10, Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has approved of the dismissal of Marine Mizandari, the nation’s first deputy minister of culture and monument protection. This order to step down came after a meeting with the cultural heritage protection council on January 27 where Mizandari proposed to reinstate the heritage status of the Sakdrisi gold mine, a 5400-year-old mine in central Georgia that was previously protected under heritage laws, which were lifted in 2013.  

Beirut Art Center Announces New Director

Beirut Art Center (BAC), a non-profit space dedicated to contemporary art in Lebanon, has appointed Marie Muracciole as its new director on February 20. BAC’s co-founders and directors, Sandra Dagher and Lamia Joreige, announced their resignation from their five-year directorial post in January, promising to remain active as members on BAC’s board.