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Aisha Mazin Stoby

MA work

Modern Art Movements and Spaces in the Arab Gulf

The 1970s are known in the Arab Gulf Region as Al Nahda, the ‘Renaissance’. This was a time of modernisation, a period of borders being drawn, and perhaps most importantly for some states, the utilisation of oil which allowed much of this to be possible. This dissertation constructs a history of the visual arts in the Gulf States and their spaces. Documentation on the history of these movements has yet to be comprehensively compiled, and this paper intends to provide a brief, modern institutional history of art movements in the region and to foster a better-quality discussion of these little-studied areas.


  • AIsha Mazin  Stoby
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2014

  • I am a member of the graduating class from the Curating Contemporary Art  MA, 2014. My dissertation was supervised by Victoria Walsh, documenting modern curatorial movements in the Arab Gulf region. My research has been particularly focused retracing recent histories. 

    I completed my BA at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London specialising in Middle Eastern art from antiquity to contemporary.  I have since served on the planning team for the Oman National Museum and most recently curated Oman et La Mer at the Musée National de la Marine in Paris and Salon Oman Nour at the Leighton House Museum as part of London's Nour Festival.

    I have completed attachments, research positions and internships with the Guggenheim Museum in New York based in the Abu Dhabi curatorial department, the Curatorial department at  MoMA PS1, and Sotheby’s in Middle East and India. I served as New York representative for the Park Gallery, London, and as assistant art director at Bait Muzna Gallery, Oman. I later worked as an Omani Art Historian for the 2010 Tate exhibition 'The Art of Seeing Nature ' held in Oman and served as Creative Director of the Omani Women 2010 Campaign under Oman's Ministry of Social development. In this capacity I had the great privilege of starting an art foundation entitled AlFen Yettahedeth (Art Speaks) for women from the interior of the country without access to arts education.

    I've since published exhibition texts in London, Oman, and New York and often post on my website,

  • Degrees

  • BA, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
  • Experience

  • Assistant Art Director, Bait Muzna Gallery, Muscat, Oman, 2008; Internship, Sotheby's London, European Paintings, 2009; Internship, Sotheby's London, Middle East and India, 2010; Contributor, Murraqa Magazine, 2009 (; Creative Director, Omani Women 2010, Oman Ministry of Social Development, 2009-2010, Muscat, Oman; Research Attachment, Guggenheim Museum, New York, Based in Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Planning Department, 2011, New York, USA; Gallery Associate, New York Representative, Park Gallery, London, 2010-2011; Curatorial Internship Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PS1, New York, 2011; 2012-2014, Planning Team, Oman National Museum, Ministry of Culture, Muscat, Oman; 2014: (March) Co-Curator (alongside fellow Royal College of Art Curating MA students), … all silent but for the buzzing … , Royal College of Art, London.; 2010: Al Fen Yettahedeth. Founder, organiser of Art Foundation / Annual scholarship programme for women from the interior of Oman. This programme has now been adopted by Oman’s Ministry of Social Development.
  • Exhibitions

  • Oman Society of Fine Arts, Curator, Annual Womens Exhibition, 2010, Muscat, Oman; Tate Museum, London, 'The Art of Seeing Nature', Omani Art Historian, 2010-2011; 2013: Co-Curator (alongside fellow Royal College of Art students and Ruth Noack), "Not Dressed for Conquering - Ines Doujak's Loomshuttles/Warpaths", Royal College of Art, London.; 2013: Co-Curator (alongside fellow Royal College of Art Curating MAstudents), Bodies in Motion, Hackney Picturehouse, London. ; 2013: Co-Curator (alongside fellow Royal College of Art Curating MAstudents), Bodies without Organs, Hackney Picturehouse, London. ; 2013: Curator, Salon Oman Nour, Leighton House Museum, London.; 2013-2014: Curator, Oman et La Mer, National Maritime Museum, Paris.; 2010, Curator, Al Fen Yettahedeth, Launch exhibition of an art foundation I founded in Oman.
  • Awards

  • NEON Curatorial Award, Whitechapel Gallery, London.