Artistic Trip: 3 Words Combined into One Craze… Dubai Art Week!

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…

 

DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art
DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art

 

DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art
DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art

 

Ayyam Gallery. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art
Ayyam Gallery. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art
Art Space. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art
Art Space. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art

 

The Empty Quarter. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art
The Empty Quarter. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art

 

DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art
DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art

 

Manal Al Dowayan at Cuadro Art Gallery. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art
Manal Al Dowayan at Cuadro Art Gallery. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art

 

Artwork by Manal Al Dowayan at Cuadro Art Gallery. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art
Artwork by Manal Al Dowayan at Cuadro Art Gallery. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art

 

DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art
Live art performance. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art

 

Live graffiti. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art
Live graffiti. DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art

 

Neon fun! DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art
Neon fun! DIFC Art Night 2014. Courtesy Al Mahha Art

 

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

 

Art Dubai Press Conference. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Conference. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

Speakers at Art Dubai Press Conference. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Speakers at Art Dubai Press Conference. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

Art Dubai Press Tour [Modern Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Modern Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

Art Dubai Press Tour [Modern Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Modern Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

Art Dubai Press Tour [Modern Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Modern Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Contemporary Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Contemporary Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

Art Dubai Press Tour [Contemporary Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Contemporary Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
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Art Dubai Press Tour [Contemporary Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
 

Art Dubai Press Tour [Contemporary Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Contemporary Art]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

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

 

Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Art Dubai Press Tour [Abraaj Group Art Prize]. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
 

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. 

 

Marker 2014 curated by Slavs and Tatars. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Marker 2014 curated by Slavs and Tatars. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Marker 2014 curated by Slavs and Tatars. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Marker 2014 curated by Slavs and Tatars. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Marker 2014 curated by Slavs and Tatars. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Marker 2014 curated by Slavs and Tatars. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

Marker 2014 curated by Slavs and Tatars. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Marker 2014 curated by Slavs and Tatars. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

Art Dubai Patron Preview

Date: March 19th, 2014

Time: From 5 – 10 PM

 

Smile for Al Mahha Art !

 

Ayyam Gallery Team: Hisham Samawi and Minna J. Apostolovic at Art Dubai Private Viewing Night. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Ayyam Gallery Team: Yasaman Matinfar, Hisham Samawi and Minna Apostolovic at Art Dubai Private Viewing Night. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

 

Lebanese artist Louma Rabbah and son Karim at  Art Dubai Private Preview Night. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Lebanese artist Louma Rabbah and son Karim at Art Dubai Private Preview Night. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

 

Saudi Artists: Rashed Al Shashai and Abdulnasser Gharem at Art Dubai Patron Preview. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Saudi Artists: Rashed Al Shashai and Abdulnasser Gharem at Art Dubai Patron Preview. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Artist Sayed Rajab and Janet Rady at Art Dubai Patron Preview. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Artist Sayed Rajab and Janet Rady at Art Dubai Patron Preview. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Al Mahha Art Founder, Mashaael Basheer standing in between Artists Ismail Rifai and Thaer Helal at Art Dubai Patron Preview. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Al Mahha Art Founder, Mashaael Basheer standing in between Artists Ismail Rifai and Thaer Helal at Art Dubai Patron Preview. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Artist Mohamed Abouelnaga, Mark Hachem, Steve Sabella, Abed Al Kadiri and Samer Yamani at Art Dubai Patron Preview. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art
Artist Mohamed Abouelnaga, Mark Hachem, Steve Sabella, Abed Al Kadiri and Samer Yamani at Art Dubai Patron Preview. Courtesy to Al Mahha Art

 

To Be Continued…

Cheers

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