Founded in 2015, the Beirut Art Residency is dedicated to supporting the production and dissemination of contemporary art. Their program can be broken down into three main facets: residencies, local exhibitions and public interventions.
They provide both emerging and mid-career artists with the time and space to work. Artists are encouraged to venture beyond their usual practice while laying the groundwork for future projects. The outcome of the residency is a cross-cultural exchange, on the one hand bridging local residents of Beirut to a much wider, international discourse surrounding contemporary art, and on the other leaving a lasting impression on residents. BAR’s exhibition and public intervention programs enhance the approachability and dissemination of contemporary art.
The work they present is often experimental in nature, allowing artists to take a more conceptual approach with their practice. Ultimately, BAR’s activities strive to provide insight on the culturally rich Lebanese climate whilst creating a global network of meaningfully engaged artists.