Art Curator / Art Director / Artist

*loves gardening

A multidisciplinary visual artist and independent art curator, she lives and works in Beirut. She received a degree in graphic art with an emphasis in motion graphics. Developing her career in advertising as a digital art director, Haydar proceeded to to train in museum and gallery curatorial studies at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, all the while maintaining her practice as a conceptual visual artist. Haydar is inspired by her immediate surroundings, exploring the socio-sexual behavior of gender and its influence on and in communities.

Curatorial and Creative Profession

Station (Feb - Aug 2019)
Freelance Communications / Art Director & Production Manager

Beirut, Lebanon

Responsible for the production and communication for Art shows, Rooftop films cycle and private events.

In charge of the conceptualisation and application of design, financial reports and event management.

The Grand Sofar Hotel (Sep - Oct 2018)
Art Curator & Creative Director

Sofar, Lebanon

A solo curated exhibition of paintings by British artist Tom Young in an abandoned hotel and the first casino in the Middle East. Opening its doors to the public for the first time since it’s closure in 1975 and welcomed an estimated 12,000 visitors during the exhibiting month.

Organised an art program and on site residencies that consisted of musicians, performing artists, storytellers and sound and visual artists that performed on several occasions during the exhibiting month following the theme of memory, identity and national heritage.

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Artspace Hamra (Jul 2016 - Jan 2018)

Gallery Manager and Visual Creative Director

Beirut, Lebanon

Managed a diverse group of more than 26 artists, hosted twelve exhibitions and two consecutive years at the Beirut Art Fair.

Co-Curated and participated in a contemporary multimedia art exhibition. A group show of five artists. I was in charge of the visual language of the show, the selection of artists, the curation of the artwork and curatorial tours.

Rose House (Nov 2014 - Jan 2015)

Independent Art Curator

Beirut, Lebanon

A pop-up art exhibition of painting and sculpture installations in an abandoned 19th Century mansion.

Co-curated a site specific exhibition to shed awareness on the declining heritage sites in Lebanon due to urbanisation.

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Republique (Feb 2016 - Jun 2016)

Senior Digital Art Director

Beirut, Lebanon

A one-on-one client base.

UI and UX for websites, apps and corporate identity design.

Coordination with team of designers, developers and technologists.

Loose Ends (Oct 2015)

Artist and Curator

Beirut, Lebanon

A solo curatorial and participatory art exhibition of painting, sculpture, video projection and installation.

Student art workshops and performance art during the exhibition.

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J. Walter Thompson (June 2013 - May 2015)

Digital Art Director

Beirut, Lebanon

Digital Art Director in the creative department handling Saudi Arabia based clients such as STC, HSBC, L’azurde, Shell, etc. Designed websites, apps, social media and advertising campaigns, online and on ground activations.

Channel Design (May 2008 - June 2011)

Senior Graphic Designer

Beirut, lebanon

One-on-one client relationship

Designed websites, corporate identities and advertising campaigns such as Presidential campaign for Omar Bongo of Gabon and Riviera Hotel Beach Lounge.

Art Workshops

Beit Boustany (2017)

Art workshop with UNCHR refugee children based in Lebanon.

Tyre Art Jam (2015)

volunteer assistant to a stop motion animation of painting on Lebanese Heritage

SOS orphanage (2013)

volunteer assistant to an art therapy workshop

Beirut Art Centre (2012)

volunteer assistant to Sculptor Mark Jenkins, White Wall exhibition


American University Program in rural environments
mural art workshop with students on biodiversity

Broumana Highschool

Art workshop and discussion with students during Loose Ends exhibition


Sotheby’s Institute of Art (Jan 18 – May 18)

Art Museums, Galleries & Curating
Histories and practice of museums and galleries primarily in the UK.

Lebanese American University (July 2007)

Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design

Emphasis in motion graphics

*references and a detailed cv are available upon request.

Nationality: Lebanese

Date of Birth: 09/13/1984

Artist Resume

Group Exhibitions:

Modern and Contemporary Art Museum Biennale - 'Universal Data' (Alita, Lebanon, 2019)

Arthaus, Mar Mikhail- 'In Residence' (Beirut, Lebanon)

Beirut Art Fair - 'Classical to Kitch' (Beirut, Lebanon, 2017)

Artspace Hamra - 'Purotica' (Beirut, Lebanon, 2017)

Milan Design Week - SBODIO32 - Sense Me (Milan, Italy, 2017)

MACAM (Alita, Lebanon, 2015)

The Rose House (Beirut, Lebanon, 2014-15)

Slab A (Beirut, Lebanon, 2014).

The Chelsea Arts Club in London (London, UK, 2012)

Beirut Art Jam - Live 24 hour painting performance (Beirut, Lebanon, 2011)

Solo Exhibitions:

The Absent Present (Minus1 - Beirut, Lebanon, 2016).

Loose Ends (Station - Beirut, Lebanon, 2015).

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