Stephen Stapleton is an artist and curator. After encountering the artistic community in Abha, Saudi Arabia during a journey across the Middle East in 2003, he founded the Off-screen Education Program and Edge of Arabia as platforms for cultural dialogue between the Middle East and the western world. He later co-founded the Crossway Foundation, a London-based charitable organization seeking to promote creative collaboration between the UK and the Middle East and EOA Projects, an art gallery showing contemporary art from the Middle East based in Battersea, London. Stapleton has a degree in Fine Art and Philosophy from the University of Brighton, a PGCE in Art Education from the University of London, and has exhibited his own artwork in Tehran, Amman, London, Oslo and New York. He has published several books related to the Middle East, including Offscreen: Four Young Artists in the Middle East, and has won several awards for his work in the field of intercultural education.