About Gallery Ward
Originating in Cairo, GALLERY WARD was founded in 2010 by two partners; Abdulaziz Al Abdulkader and Yaser Askar with creative direction by established Egyptian curator Ehab Ellaban. Having headed the Cairo Biennale twice as well as being the director of Ofok, a prominent exhibition space at the Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Cairo and the curator of landmark projects such as the Institute du Monde Arabe’s “25 Years of Arab Creativity”, Ellaban has had his hand on the pulse of the Egyptian art scene for the past decade.
Gallery Ward is committed to introduce, showcase and promote multifaceted and compelling artistic productions from the Middle East both regionally and internationally while ensuring a supportive environment and platform from which works of art from the region can assume their due significance on the global arena.
In today’s tenuous yet highly dynamic climate, Arab art is witnessing a period of unprecedented attention. By transcending geographical limitations and political boundaries, art from the region is poised to become a key player in the discourse that activates global art production today. With this premise in mind, Gallery Ward aims to play a central role in being a driving force behind the growth and enrichment of art from the Middle East region at large. Furthermore, with the belief that Egyptian art has historically, and in the present day, been an essential agent and plays a galvanizing role in art and culture from the region, Gallery Ward aims to provide a focus on the contemporary Egyptian art scene by introducing and showcasing works by some of the most dynamic Egyptian artists living and working in Egypt and abroad today. Thereby facilitating a more complex and compelling dialogue surrounding Middle Eastern art in general.
Gallery Ward has dedicated an additional focused space and interest in regional contemporary design. Building on a long experience dealing with art, the gallery is expanding to design through long-term curated projects that blend art and design; for instance through artist-designer collaborations. This new direction invites, recognises, and celebrates all fields and concepts, all the while aiming to push boundaries.