As the art world descends on the Gulf cities of Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Doha, each March visitors would well to keep in mind another Gulf city that was in every sense an art and culture pioneer. Kuwait City hosted its very first public art exhibition back in 1958 under the Department of Culture, the oddly titled “Arab Champions Competition” exhibition took place on the sidelines of the Fourth Arab Literary Conference that Kuwait was hosting then. The show tackled themes including the Arabs struggle against colonialism, underdevelopment and “backwardness.”

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Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk