Art Week is upon us. The region’s largest cultural festival is taking place this month for the 7th time.
Within Dubai you can find an ‘Art City’ that showcases a diverse range of artworks. March and April (Dubai Art Season) are the months that everyone in the UAE art community awaits.
In fact, the art scene in Dubai is growing thanks to annual events where artists can exhibit their creations in a public space. These gatherings that display innovative art forms is enhancing the artistic and cultural ambience of the emirate and help support its development into a global cultural hub.
Want to be part of one of the fastest growing arts scenes in Dubai? Well, Quoz Arts Fest 2018 was already held in January and hosted a variety of art and design workshops for children and adults. Then there was the region’s first and largest event dedicated to watercolor painting organized by the UAE branch of the International Watercolor Society (IWS UAE) in collaboration with Cartoon Art Gallery that was enjoyed by many in February. Lately, there was an organized outdoor exhibition of artworks: the Dubai Canvas, the emirate’s biggest 3D art festival, which returned from 1-7 March when the public came to watch artists creating their artworks having converted their masterpiece into open-air ‘canvases’ in La Mer, Meraas’ world-class beachfront destination. If you missed any of the events, check them out next year.
No worries, though, as there are plenty of other art opportunities this year. The 8th edition of SIKKA Art Fair runs from 17 March – 26 March 2018 at Al Fahidi Historical District; the 12th edition of Art Dubai takes place March 21-24, 2018 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. This is followed by the fourth edition of World Art Dubai that will take place from 18–21 April at Dubai World Trade Centre. This event will showcase a global collection of contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs and mixed media.
All these events have firmly established Dubai as the marketplace for artwork from the region and a cultural meeting point that brings together the contributions of local and regional artists to be admired by all art lovers from across the world.
Auctions, art fairs, museums, biennials, foundations are proof of the great investments Dubai is making for its placement on the world cultural scene. Dubai has also a handful of private galleries and patrons who supported them, which is consolidating the emirate’s position as an international market for art from the region.
Today, Dubai continues to grow as a Hub for Contemporary Art and its community art events are attracting more and more people from everywhere; this has helped position itself as a major competitor in the international art market with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority playing a critical part in achieving this vision.