Beirut Art Center (BAC) is a non-profit association, space, and platform dedicated to art research and cultural practices in Beirut, Lebanon.
Since opening in 2009, BAC has facilitated the creation and realization of projects as well as interactions between local and international cultural initiatives in a space that is open and active all year long.
Over the past years Beirut Art Center has been working diligently during a period of increasing political, financial, economic, social, and environmental emergency and compounding crisis to bridge socio-political life, artistic practices and art institutions. Building on this momentum and important work, the current program further grounds BAC’s mission in creating spaces for dis/engagements and collective learning, knowledge sharing, and considered questioning.
In the midst of these straining conditions, BAC continues to conceive its programs around social, structural and material conditions and despite them. Through consistent and sustained initiatives and programming, BAC insists on maintaining and building a new lifelines of exchange, dialogues and solidarity, locally, regionally and internationally by bringing people together to expand our capacity to think and create in our active efforts to disengage from and with the spectacle of the everyday. Further, the program attempts to turn limitations into generative prompts that constantly revisit what art is, who it speaks to and what it can be or allow us to do, sense and imagine.
The center’s evolving program is guided by our senses, by language or rather its inadequacy; and by the relationship to our environment, each other and our possible futures. It consists of exhibitions; learning initiatives conceived for various ages and abilities; cinema, and music, and involve different communities.
2005 - Establishment of Beirut Art Center Association project, initiated by Sandra Dagher and Lamia Joreige
Founding members: Sandra Dagher, Lamia Joreige, Rabih Mroué, Bassam Kawahji and Maria Ousseimi
2009-2014 BAC Co-directors: Lamia Joreige & Sandra Dagher
2014-2019 BAC director: Marie Murraciole
2019-2022 BAC Administrative director: Rana Nasser Eddin
2020-2022 Artistic Co-Directors: Haig Aivazian & Ahmad Ghossein (until 2021)
2023 - BAC director: Reem Shadid
Public Programs and Communications
Administration and Finance
Manal Abdul Ghafour
Marwan T. Assaf
Amira El Solh