First Edition

The Wonderful Fund Collection opened AiM 2005 at the Museum of Marrakech. This collection of 100 works of contemporary art - purchased by Vanessa Branson and Prue O'Day as curators for the London based collectors group, was exhibited for the first time ever at AiM. The collection was not put together as an investment, but as a platform for discovery and a means of supporting young artists. There were 64 artists representing 17 countries in the Collection and included work from artists such as Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin and Gavin Turk.

The fantastic Literary Programme was organised by Pablo Ganguli, highlights included a panel discussion on the future of English and literature and how the media can play a key role in its promotion, chaired by Geordie Greig with author Hanif Kureishi, Alexandra Pringle, Peter Florence, Simon Prosser, Ekow Eshun, Esther Freud, Antony Gormley, Annie Lennox and Hari Kunzru; and a conference on the importance of the translation of Arabic literature and poetry in the western world and a discussion on the state of Arab literature, featuring Ahmed El Madini, Rabii Mobarak, Susanna Nicklin, Wassini Laraj, Tayeb Salah and Mahi Binebine.

 “If the task of any cultural shindig is to unlock new doors, then the inaugural Arts in Marrakech festival crossed more thresholds than most.”
- Boyd Tonkin, The Independent 7/10/2005



Ekow Eshun
Alexandra Pringle
Annie Lennox
Antony Gormley
Deborah Moggach
Charbel Dagher
Hanif Kureishi
Hari Kunzru
Mahi Binebine
Mohammed Bennis
Mohammed Melehi
Pablo Ganguli
Richard Brooks
Samuel Shimon
Saadi Youssef