Who are we
ARD is an art institution founded by Hana El-Beblawy in 2022 and specialized in the field of contemporary art practices within the local and international art scene. It presents a diversified program that includes many artistic activities stemming from the surrounding affairs and is open to the world. The program includes; artistic residencies, exhibitions, workshops, and other art alternatives which ARD is seeking to provide as services that would contribute to effective artistic patterns in the society. It also strives for a fruitful art scene that is not constrained by the traditional standards of the art market.
When we thought about choosing a name for the project, we hoped to come up with an unbiased word that could seamlessly represent the ideas and ambitions the foundation thrives for. Therefore, we did not consider names such as; space, place, or even area. Rather, we searched for a word that could combine all those meanings and more. We wanted to establish an institution for creative and cognitive learning. A place subject to change and development, a participatory space, and a meeting point. That is why (ARD – ground) was the closest name to what we are looking for both in reality and metaphorically, an inspiring name to present ambitious artistic ideas and projects.
Our vision and goals
With its prime location in Garden City, central Cairo, ARD aspires to become a vibrant meeting point bringing together artists, cultural activists, and art institutions with a broad and extended audience through its programs of intertwined projects and activities. ARD aspires to achieve its objectives in:
Filling the gap resulting from the scarce art residency programs -local and international- within Cairo art scene. Therefore, we hope, through our programs and cooperation with various institutions, to become an effective hub to provide and host programs for art residencies from all over the world.
Encouraging artists to re-create, produce, and present their ambitious artistic projects, ideas, and experiences by facilitating a flexible work environment that is not subject to the common restrictions imposed by the local art market.
Building a platform for artistic creativity based on cultural diversity and exchanging of knowledge and experiences. Also connecting the local and international artists, as being in one place together, in parallel with the activities taking place.
Encouraging artists of the younger generation from various governorates of Egypt by providing opportunities for direct contact with the Cairo art scene. ARD will grant them, in its premises, art residencies based on research, training, and learning, in addition to facilitating the opportunities to exchange experiences with foreign artists who are – staying periodically – in the art residencies programs offered by ARD.
Presenting an institutional model based on an integrated economic system, as a practical alternative – and at the same time – not isolated from the history of practicing art as a profession. This aims to contribute to the crystallization of the concept of art as a profession.
Hana El Beblawy
A visual artist and curator, studied visual arts and architecture at the American University in Cairo.In 2022, she founded ARD an art institution specialized in the field of contemporary art practices within the local and international art scene.
El Beblawy became the Artistic and Executive Director of Art D’Égypte between the period 2018 and 2022, during which she organized many exhibitions and artistic events under the umbrella of the foundation in Egypt and abroad. She was the director of the first edition of (Cairo International Art District), an art festival launched by Art D’Égypte in 2021.
She was also in charge of developing ideas and concepts for exhibitions, selecting participating artists, and exhibition venues, and supervising the implementation of various artistic events and activities. In 2016, she worked with the Downtown Contemporary Art Festival in Cairo (D-Caf), and collaborated with many international artists and curators.
El Beblawy’s visual art and work have been shown in many art exhibitions and events.