About

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.

HISTORY

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

Team

Director

Reem Shadid

Public Programs and Communications

Joseph Kesrouany

Administration and Finance

Manal Abdul Ghafour

Ara Giragossian

board

Marwan T. Assaf
Kader Attia
Sandra Dagher
Peter Hrechdakian
Lamia Joreige
Bassam Kahwaji
Nathalie Khoury
Yola Noujaim
Maria Ousseimi
Yasmina Sabrier
Amira El Solh



Visitor Info

address

Jisr el wati, off corniche an-nahr
Building Safe, street 93, zone 66 Adlieh.
Beirut, Lebanon.

opening hours

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12 pm to 7 pm
                         Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm

Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12 pm to 7 pm