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Aimee Dawson is a British writer, editor and speaker on the art world. Her areas of specialty include art in the digital sphere; art and Instagram; and Modern and contemporary art in the Middle East.
Aimee has worked at the leading art publication The Art Newspaper in London for more than seven years and is currently the Live Editor. Focussing on the newspaper’s live offering and media portfolio, she is responsible for commissioning and editing videos, audio and digital content and curating events. Aimee is a co-producer of the award-winning The Week in Art, a weekly podcast that picks apart international art world news and provides expert industry insights. She is the author of the monthly column Insta’ gratification, which looks at how the art world and Instagram collide in often innovative—but also problematic—ways.
A natural speaker, Aimee has been invited to lead panel discussions for international fairs, art organisations and galleries as well as given expert analysis on a range of pressing art world topics for publications including Aesthetica, The Art Gorgeous and TRT World news service.
Having studied a BA in Arabic and Middle East Studies at the University of Exeter and holding an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Africa and Asia from SOAS, University of London, Aimee’s first passion is art from the Middle East and North Africa. She spent time living in Egypt and Morocco and she continues to regularly travel to the region. Aimee has written for a number of publications within or related to the Middle East including Ibraaz, Mada Masr, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Tribe, Reorient, FOLIO and MOJEH magazine as well as contributing to London’s major festivals of Arab culture: Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN), Nour Festival of Arts, and Shubbak.
Aimee spent several years working in publishing and was the managing editor for Ibraaz’s Visual Culture in the Middle East book series (Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in North Africa and the Middle East, IB Tauris, 2014; Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East, IB Tauris, 2015; Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East, Sternberg Press, 2016) and also for Hiwa K’s monograph Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet (Walther König, 2017). She was a contributing writer to the volume African Artists, an expansive survey of 300 modern and contemporary artists who were born, or who have lived, in Africa (Phaidon, 2022).