The journey of art starts small, yet grows gradually and steady. It takes patience, determination, openness and great well to change. Living in the Middle East gives me the opportunity to be closer to the fast growing art scene across the region and witness how it is changing… Especially in Dubai! Security & politically stable, economically strong and censorship decreases gradually, Dubai has become the main hub in art in the Middle East – especially after the unrest in Cairo and Damascus – embracing emerging and established cultural movements regionally and internationally, proving a safe dynamic art investment market and a manifesto for related activities, from fairs to exhibitions. My friends and family are still surprised with the times I travel to Dubai to attend events and exhibitions throughout the year, but it is March that I can’t miss!
Dubai Art Week 2014, a Top Destination every March for so many reasons; DIFC Art Nights, AlSerkal Art Nights, Art Dubai, SIKKA, Design Days Dubai and more! Last year, I shared with you my journals in Dubai Art Week 2013 (part one | part two), expressing the joy and fun and commitment to deliver a genuine experience and give a glance of what goes on in that particular week of the year. Here are my 2014 journals – part one – & start marking your calendar for next year’s if you haven’t ever been to the cultural Dubai!
(Cover photo: Maryam Al Qassimi “Re- Purpose” selected artwork for Art Dubai Projects, 2014. Courtesy: Art Dubai 2014)
Day One: The DIFC Art Nigh
Date: March 18th, 2014
Time: From 7 – 9 PM
You can’t begin the art craze without Art Nights & What happens in the after party stays in the…
Day Two: Art Dubai Press Tour
Date: March 19th, 2014
Time: From 10 AM – 2 PM
“Over the past eight editions of Art Dubai, we’ve seen not just a greater interest in the fair locally, but a growth in the appreciation of art and culture in and from our region on the international stage. We’re proud to have been a pioneering spirit helping to grow the UAE’s reputation as an international hub for the region, working together with our artists, galleries, patrons and sponsors.” Fair Director Antonia Carver
Press Tour: Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014: Garden and Spring
The Abraaj Group Art Prize is a demonstration of our commitment to empowering exceptional artistic talent and fostering the growth of cultural entrepreneurs. As the Abraaj Group Art Prize turns six, we are delighted to bring five more artists into our network of winners. They join a community of 26 artists who are global ambassadors for arts in the region and continue to act as role models for a younger generation of artists”. Frederic Sicre, Managing Director at The Abraaj Group
Press Tour: Marker 2014
In 2014, Marker turned its focus to Central Asia and the Caucasus. Curated by the artists Slavs and Tatars, this themed series of exhibitions and educational initiatives included gallery booth exhibitions, talks, research projects and commissioned artists’ projects.
Art Dubai Patron Preview
Date: March 19th, 2014
Time: From 5 – 10 PM
Smile for Al Mahha Art !