Claire Marie Pearman
Director, Program Development and Communications
Artistic Specialists / Advisors
Advisor for Middle East, Iran & North Africa and Guest Curator in Europe
Based between London and the United Arab Emirates, Janet Rady is a Specialist in Contemporary Art from the Middle East, with over twenty-five years’ experience of the International Art Market including Leading Auction Houses and Major Commercial Galleries.
Janet Rady holds a Masters Degree in Islamic Art History from the University of Melbourne and a BA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a member of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Advisory Council of CARAVAN. Janet is also the Hon Lectures Secretary for the Iran Society, on the Editorial Board of the Middle East in London magazine, and a Judge for the Edinburgh Iranian Festival Art Prize. She is an Expert for Auctionata and Head of Development at ArtBahrain. Janet has recently edited the book “33 Artists… 33 Islands… A Kingdom of Art" - a comprehensive survey of the artists of Bahrain.
Co-Founder of Syra Arts, Randa graduated from the American University in Cairo with a BA in Business Administration. Besides Cairo, Egypt, where she was born and raised, she has lived in the Sultanate of Oman and the United States, where she worked in the fields of marketing, public relations, advertising, tourism and travel. Upon her return to Cairo she began following and actively engaging in the Egyptian art scene.
After the "Egyptian Revolution" in 2011, she co-founded Syra Arts with Sylvia Ragheb, when they realized how, after having been in the spotlight through the “Arab Spring,” audiences in the US were eager to find out more about the culture and essence of the Middle East as expressed through the artwork of painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry designers, graffiti artists…etc. In addition to the gallery in Washington DC, Syra Arts has held several rotating art exhibitions at the five-star hotels in Egypt and pop-up exhibitions in New York. These showcased works of Middle Eastern artists and an international hub for social and cultural exchange.
Advisor for Middle East and North Africa
Claire Marie Pearman focuses on project coordination, communications and development. Born in Turkey, Claire Marie was educated in the UK and graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1990 with a BA in Psychology. An Arabic speaker, she lived and worked in Cairo for many years. An artist as well, she specializes in paper and metal sculptures and installations and has exhibited in the UK, USA and Egypt. Claire Marie has extensive experience in the coordination of largescale artistic programs, with an expertise in interreligious and intercutlural initiatives. Her organizational, consulting and creative services are requested for art initiatives in Europe, the Mediterranean basin and the USA.
The Rt. Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming. He is also an author, art curator and social entrepreneur. An authority on the Middle East and Africa, and on Christian-Muslim-Jewish relations, he grew up in Senegal, West Africa, and has lived and worked extensively throughout the world in leadership roles within faith-based publishing, relief & development agencies and The Episcopal/Anglican Church. He was previously the Rector of both St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cairo, Egypt and of The Anglican Church of Qatar in Doha, Qatar.