Delfina Entrecanales & Aaron Cezar

Patron and director of dynamic artists residency programme

Over 300 artists have passed through the Delfina Foundation’s residency programme in the past decade, and with its focus having expanded beyond the MENA region to include the Global South, alumni can be found everywhere (the most recent Venice Biennale featured 12 former residents). Under Cezar’s directorship the foundation partnered with Saudi private foundation Art Jameel this year (Cezar will become a senior adviser, and they collaborated on an Ala Jounis show), the Dhaka Art Summit (the winner of the Samdani Art Award, chaired by Cezar, will get a residency), Frieze Art Fair (the winner of the Frieze Artist Award, juried by Cezar, will get to stay at the London HQ) and SongEun ArtSpace, Seoul (where Cezar curated a show of former Delfina residents), so these tentacles stretch further still. But it all comes back to the gallery (and the kitchen in which residents cook for each other), which continues a steady programme of shows, talks and performances.