Art Dubai 2015 And Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2015 Announces Open Calls

Art Dubai Announces Dates for its Ninth Edition‏ & Open Call for Application

A visitor walks past the work of Thai artist Navin Rawanchaikul during  Art Dubai 2014. Courtesy: Getty Images for Art Dubai.
A visitor walks past the work of Thai artist Navin Rawanchaikul, Art Dubai 2014. Courtesy: Getty Images for Art Dubai.


Art Dubai, the leading international art fair in the Middle East and South Asia, announced that its ninth edition will take place March 18-21, 2015, at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Art Dubai has become a cornerstone of the region’s booming contemporary art scene, both reflecting and acting as a catalyst in its extraordinary international growth over the past decade.

The 2015 edition of the fair will run alongside Design Days Dubai–the world’s most diverse fair dedicated to limited collectible design–plus a myriad of other art-related events, exhibitions and cultural happenings in the UAE and across the region. Moreover, the leading fair will also coincide with Sharjah Biennial; the 12th edition of the renowned biennial, directed by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi and curated by Eungie Joo, also opens in March 2015.

Art Dubai will open applications for galleries interested in participating starting from June 1, 2014. Applications are open to contemporary and modern art galleries established for more than two years. Decisions on admission are made by the Art Dubai Selection Committee for Contemporary and by the appointed Advisory Committee for Modern. To apply click here.

For further information on Art Dubai, please visit our website here.

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Open Call for Applications: The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015


The Abraaj Capital Art Prize Exhibition View Exterior 2014. Courtesy : Art Dubai.
The Abraaj Capital Art Prize Exhibition View Exterior 2014. Courtesy : Art Dubai.


The Abraaj Group Art Prize announced today the launch of the Open Call for artists and curators interested in taking part in the seventh edition of the prize. The curators’ applications are accepted until June 22, 2014, while artists’ applications are open until June 29, 2014.

The annual prize and accompanying exhibition is a platform for recognising particularly notable artists in the region and for showcasing their work on an international stage to museum directors, curators, critics, gallerists, their peers, and the public.

In an evolution to the format of recent years, following the application and jury process, four artists will be shortlisted for the prize and one (of the four) artists awarded the $100,000 commission. The commissioned work will be exhibited as part of The Abraaj Group Art Prize exhibition at Art Dubai 2015, before becoming part of The Abraaj Group Art Collection. The three shortlisted artists will receive a cash prize and be represented in the exhibition through previous works, which will be carefully selected by the Guest Curator in liaison with the artist.

The shortlisted artists for The Abraaj Group Art Prize will be mid-career, having already participated in exhibitions to critical acclaim. Artists will have produced particularly significant bodies of work in the past couple of years, their practice having expanded or developed during this time. Their work must be original, initiating new ideas and concepts, and be seen as influential to emerging artists and their contemporaries.

Curators are invited to apply for the position of Curator of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015. The selected curator will liaise directly with the artists, selecting significant works that best represent the three shortlisted artists, and working with the winning artist on the development and production of their new work. The curator will also be responsible
for editing and providing content for the accompanying catalogue or e-publication.

Curators can originate from any country in the world and be based anywhere. Applicants are expected to have quantifiable experience in the field of curating on an international level, and have an active interest in the development of artistic practice in the Middle East and South Asia.

Alongside the prize, The Abraaj Group this year launched The Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship, thereby broadening and deepening their support for the arts. For the next five years, each year, the grant supports five exceptional post-graduate students from Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

The scholarship will cover full international tuition fees to study at a Master’s level for two years at the Royal College of Art in London. More information on the scholarship can be found here.

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