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Palestinian student wins new scholarship prize

Caspian Arts Foundation is raising funds for others to study in London

Bisan Abu-Eisheh

The Caspian Arts Foundation, a London-based non-profit organisation, has awarded its inaugural education scholarship prize, enabling a Middle Eastern student to pursue a postgraduate course at the University of the Arts London. The award winner is Bisan Abu-Eisheh, who obtained his undergraduate degree at the International Academy of Art in Palestine.

A charity auction held last October at Christie’s Dubai raised more than $180,000 for the scholarships. Other fundraising events planned this year include a panel discussion at Sotheby's London on 23 January.

A spokeswoman for the foundation says: “The aim is to invite potential sponsors with interests in the Middle East and North Africa, for them to learn more about art in the region and the foundation.”

The Caspian Arts Foundation was established last year by Nina Mahdavi, a former consultant in property portfolio investment and management.

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