Established in 2006, Maraya Art Centre is a non-profit creative organization located in Sharjah, U.A.E. Maraya offers innovative programs through its multifaceted initiative, and public outreach through workshops and other art activities.
Maraya Art Centre strives to support emerging artists and designers in a comprehensive way, providing opportunities for continual growth through research, exhibition and project development across its initiatives including: The Maraya Art Gallery, 1971 Design Space, Maraya Art Park, Maraya Residencies, Jedariya and Maraya Project Space.
The Centre hosts a growing recourse library and video archive open for the public.
Laura Metzler is a curator and art historian from Houston, Texas. She received her MA from the American University of Beirut and her BA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been living and working in the arts in the Middle East since 2011 and has previously been the Associate Director of The Third Line, Dubai and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut. She is particularly interested in transnational narratives and emerging art historiographies. Her research has focused on the later works of Lebanese sculptor Saloua Raouda Choucair.
Head of 1971 Design Space
Fatma Mohammed Al Mahmoud earned her BA in Visual Arts at the Dept. of Art and Design, College of Art and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University. After a period spent as a Graphic Designer in Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Fatma became a permanent member of the Maraya Art Centre in 2016, where she was responsible for setting the programmes for Maraya Art Centre and 1971 Design Space, where art media, design techniques and experimentation on creative thinking are addressed. She is currently the Head of 1971 Design Space, a non-profit platform for local and international designers as well as managing the Jedariya initiative at Maraya Art Centre.