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VOLTA Art Fairs forges new partnerships in the Middle East North Africa region with MENA Art

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

(Detroit, Michigan) October 6, 2023 - MENA Art is delighted to be announced as a new strategic partner of VOLTA Art Fairs. The role is to strategically advise the development of the fair in the Middle East North Africa region, as part of the fairs commitment to expand its footprint across the world and bring new narratives to the art markets major cities. Driven by the MENA Global Group’s established but growing network in the art and luxury market MENA Art, a subsidiary of the MENA Global Group, will work alongside VOLTA’s newly appointed Artistic Director, Lee Cavaliere, to present new regional partnerships at the art fairs in New York and Basel, whilst meaningfully expanding VOLTA’s footprint in the MENA region.

VOLTA is dedicated to creating a space for collectors to discover the art of now, connect with galleries in a boutique setting and grow their art collection. MENA Art will support this aim by expanding the fair’s geographical reach, deepen its knowledge of the region and provide cultural exchange expertise. As a result, VOLTA will establish new international networks, and build relationships with artists, galleries, curators, and organizations in the Middle East North Africa region through the MENA Art initiative.

As part of Lee Cavaliere’s 2024 vision for the fair, VOLTA will establish an advisory committee featuring a contemporary art expert with knowledge of modern and contemporary art in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In December 2023, MENA Art will sponsor a tour of the region to enable VOLTA to build personal relationships with arts experts in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Doha, Casablanca and Cairo.

Lee Cavaliere, Artistic Director of VOLTA Art Fairs, said:

We are thrilled to partner with MENA Art and expand further our footprint in the Middle East North Africa regions. VOLTA offers a unique platform for ambitious galleries from across the globe to participate in the traditionally defined art market capitals. It’s with meaningful partnerships such as this, that we’re able to gain access to new regions and offer a springboard to enable galleries on an upward trajectory into these markets. Through our partnership with MENA Art, we look forward to supporting new voices and sharing their narratives in VOLTAs 2024 curation and beyond.”

William Kaafarani, Managing Partner at MENA Art, and the MENA Global Group, said:

"This new journey with VOLTA Art Fairs is going to be transformative to the art ecosystem in the entire MENA region and we’re delighted to be the key to these new introductions.”

About VOLTA Art Fairs |

VOLTA Art Fair supports galleries in staging ambitious solo and group presentations, refining the experience to its essential elements: the artists and their work. This focus on compelling visual statements by up-and-coming and established artists cultivates a vibrant and approachable environment of discovery for the engaged collector. VOLTA debuted in Basel in 2005 aimed as a platform for ambitious international galleries to participate in the art markets’ major cities. VOLTA’s New York fair followed in 2008.

About Ramsay Fairs |

Ramsay Fairs is one of the biggest art fair organizers globally, running 25 fairs a year with over 1.4 million visitors. Through a portfolio of art fairs that includes Affordable Art Fair, VOLTA and British Art Fair, Ramsay Fairs aims to inspire people to collect and enjoy art at every level.

Founded in 1999, the lively and accessible Affordable Art Fairs, now located in 14 cities worldwide have welcomed over 3 million visitors and had art sales of more than £455 million over the last two decades.

VOLTA Fairs joined the Ramsay Fairs’ portfolio in 2019. The long-running fair, which takes place annually in New York during Frieze or Amory and in Basel as a satellite of Art Basel, is known for its focus on international art and compelling visual statements by up-and-coming and established artists. It has cemented itself as the place for discovery for the discerning collector.

In 2022, Ramsay Fairs acquired the well-established and acclaimed British Art Fair. Held in the elegant rooms of the Saatchi Gallery every autumn, the fair features the very best in Modern and Contemporary British Art.

About MENA Global Group |

MENAGG is a business advisory firm that offers comprehensive advisory services to international companies and institutions who are looking to operate effectively in the USA and the Middle East North Africa region.

MENAGG provides dedicated business development services to help companies accelerate their growth in the USA and the MENA region. We drive results through best-in-class, proven methodologies with established network of supportive ecosystems.

MENAGG is based in Detroit with a network of offices and affiliates throughout the MENA region.


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