Noor Al Suwaidi

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Noor Al Suwaidi
نور السويدي
Abu Dhabi
Alma materAmerican University; Kingston University
Occupation(s)Artist; curator

Noor Al Suwaidi (Arabic: نور السويدي; born 1981) is an artist and curator from the United Arab Emirates.


Al Suwaidi was born in 1981.[1][2] She grew up in Abu Dhabi.[3] She went to the Al Khansaa government school in Al Buteen.[4] She has three sisters and one brother.[4] It was clear she had artistic talent from a young age, talent which was nurtured by her father in particular.[5] She graduated in 2004 with a BA in Studio Art from the American University.[6] In 2009 she graduated from Kingston University with an MA in Curating Contemporary Design.[6] She was the first person from the Middle East to study on her MA course.[4] Prior to studying for her MA she worked for Dubai Holdings.[7] She is a part-time lecturer at the College of Art and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.[6] As a curator of contemporary art, she specialises in the work of other Emirati artists.[6] She is a founding member of the Cultural and Arts Authority in Dubai.[4] In 2017 she was invited by the Louvre Abu Dhabi to discuss Bellini's Madonna and Child.[8]

Al Suwaidi has described how her figurative paintings can reflect Arabic calligraphy.[1] Her artistic practice focusses on work in paint and collage.[7] In 2011 her work Bare with Me was sold at Christie's as part of a wider sale of Arab, Iranian and Turkish contemporary art.[1] She has taken part in a number of artistic residencies in London, Rome and Berlin.[9] In 2011 she held her first solo exhibition in London at the Cork Street Gallery, which was entitled Like Coral I Create Clouds.[9] A number of her works are held in the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, including paintings Landscape of Colour and Dreamers, as well as the sculptural work The Head.[10][11][12]


  1. ^ a b c "Noor Al-Suwaidi (Emirati, b. 1981)". Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "Emirati artist Noor Al Suwaidi runs hands-on fine art workshops at Madinat Zayed & Ruwais Colleges – Higher Colleges of Technology". Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  3. ^ "Noor Al Suwaidi – Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation – ADMAF". Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d "The nation is now her canvas". The National. September 4, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  5. ^ "Acclaimed Emirati artist, Noor Al Suwaidi, hosts successful Art Conversation session at Dubai Ladies Club". Al Bawaba. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d Team, Meridian International Center. "Noor Al Suwaidi | Meridian International Center". Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Noor Al Suwaidi is stretching herself technically and artistically". The National. July 2, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  8. ^ "Emirati Voices: Noor Al Suwaidi on Louvre Abu Dhabi's Madonna and Child". Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "people – Sharjah Art Foundation". Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  10. ^ "Landscape of Colour". Barjeel Art Foundation. May 23, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  11. ^ "Dreamers". Barjeel Art Foundation. April 6, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  12. ^ "The Head". Barjeel Art Foundation. March 11, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2021.

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