July 9th, 2020
His Highness Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Culture, has appointed Dina Amin as CEO of the Visual Arts Commission to take the lead in implementing the Ministry of Culture’s vision and directions in elevating the development of the visual arts in the Kingdom and empowering practitioners in the field.
Dina Amin is a leading Saudi specialist in the visual arts and the international contemporary art field. She holds a bachelor’s from Wellesley College in Art History and Architecture which was completed through the collaborative program with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Her distinguished career spans more than two decades of senior positions in the contemporary art field in prominent international Arts companies, including most recently Phillips, a global auction house renowned as a destination for international collectors of art and design. Prior to that Dina spent 20 years at Christie’s, one of the world’s preeminent auction houses where she held a number of senior positions spanning multiple geographies, including New York, Dubai and London.
The Visual Arts Commission is of 11 new cultural commissions recently launched by the Ministry of Culture in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 to manage the empowerment and development of the Saudi cultural sector in its various directions and creative paths. The commission will manage and develop the visual arts sector in fulfillment of the vision and directions of the Ministry of Culture through several key roles, including but not limited to; implementing a sector development strategy, empowering talented practitioners, encouraging individuals, institutions and companies to produce and develop field related content, supporting the protection of intellectual property rights, providing educational and professional programs, encouraging investment in the field, and many other roles that aim to develop the Visual Arts sector to a level that achieves the Saudi Vision 2030 goals, through transforming it into an effective, productive and supportive sector for talents specialized in the field.