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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - ARTS

Abu Dhabi Art 2012 Closes with unprecedented number of visitors

Posted on 17/11/2012

The fourth edition of Abu Dhabi Art, which concluded recently, brought together 50 of the world's top galleries, notable cultural icons, collectors and visitors from across the globe, and firmly established Saadiyat Island and Abu Dhabi's legacy as the cultural destination of the future. The unprecedented level of interest and dedication to Abu Dhabi's museum ambitions reached an all-time high with the week's most anticipated attraction, a panel discussion titled Architecture Visionaries, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Motors turns three of its cars into art work

Posted on 14/11/2012

Everyone's celebrating art in Abu Dhabi this month, even Abu Dhabi Motors. The exclusive BMW and MINI importer and sole dealer for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain has turned three of its own cars - a Mini Coupe, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and a Rolls-Royce Phantom – into individual works of art. The cars have been on display at the Umm Al Nar showroom since Nov. 5 along with an art exhibition called ‘The Road is your Easel' in partnership with Opera Gallery Group of Dubai. The ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi on brink of 'golden age' as architecture legends hail Saadiyat

Posted on 08/11/2012

The capital is on the brink of a golden age, one of the world's top architects said last night. "Everything is happening here," said Jean Nouvel, the Frenchman who has designed the new Louvre Museum on Saadiyat Island. "I'm very proud to participate in the materialisation of this golden age, and this pushes us to go higher and beyond and further because we are doing something that the whole world is looking at." He was speaking alongside the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi architect Frank Gehry and ...  >>MORE

Interweaving UAE traditional makabbah with modernity

Posted on 08/11/2012

The makabbah is an evocative and aesthetically pleasing relic of the UAE's harsh, desert-bound past. These cone-shaped objects were once a vital feature of day-to-day dining, used to keep insects off food, and are still handwoven from dried palm fronds by craftspeople around the country today. Modernisation may have made these objects less essential, but the designer Stuart Haygarth thinks that there's an artistic quality to the makabbah and has produced a lighting piece that incorporates its ...  >>MORE

Art world arrives on Saadiyat Island for Fourth Edition of Abu Dhabi Art

Posted on 07/11/2012

Abu Dhabi Art 2012, held at the UAE Pavilion and Manarat Al Saadiyat in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District, opens to the public on Wednesday and runs until Saturday. The fourth edition features 50 of the world's most exciting galleries representing 400 artists and includes top art world players participating in its public programme. The event will be held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme ...  >>MORE

SMCCU launches Treasures of the UAE art competition

Posted on 05/11/2012

The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) on Sunday said its "Treasures of the UAE" art competition will be launched on 2 December in celebration of the UAE's 41st National Day. More than 100 young artists aged 7 to 18 from schools nation-wide were invited by the Center to submit a piece of artwork that captures the essence of one of the UAE 's famous historical sites or landmarks. Entrants are invited to find their own favorite historical landmark or site and ...  >>MORE

A.i.R’s curator, artists for ‘13

Posted on 30/10/2012

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate's dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage has announced the selected Emirati and international artists and the curator-in-residence for the 2013 edition of the Artists-in-Residence Dubai (A.i.R Dubai) programme, organised in partnership with the Delfina Foundation, Art Dubai, and Tashkeel. Scheduled to be held from Jan.7-March 31, 2013, at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, the cultural nerve-centre of the city, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Art welcomes contemporary designers, artists, architects

Posted on 24/10/2012

The fourth edition of Abu Dhabi Art, a platform for modern and contemporary art held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, welcomes renowned art world personalities for its 2012 public programme. Adel Abidin, Frank Gehry, Richard Armstrong, Jean Nouvel, Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, Stuart Haygarth, Abdulnasser Gharem, Ghada Amer, Mohammed Kazem and Marina Abramovic (for her ...  >>MORE

"The Present" opens at Maraya Art Centre

Posted on 21/10/2012

A groundbreaking exhibition titled "The Present, Contemporary Art From The Emirates" on Thursday was inaugurated by H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah at Maraya Art Centre in Al Qasba, Sharjah. The exhibition features the works of 12 talented Emirati artists who were challenged to create works that highlight the ideas and connotations behind the meaning of the word "Present". The exhibition which is supported by Emirates Integrated ...  >>MORE

Christo explains avant-garde vision in heart of UAE Empty Quarter

Posted on 15/10/2012

What happens when one of the world's foremost experimental artists wants to create his greatest permanent work in the UAE's most conservative region? Christo Javacheff hopes to do just that, and explained his innovative vision to Al Gharbia residents last week. "The worst thing," Christo told an Abu Dhabi audience last week, "is a work that makes people indifferent." There's not much chance of that, based on a career that has given him single-name recognition as one of the world's most ...  >>MORE

UAE to make presence felt at Venice Biennale

Posted on 07/10/2012

For the third consecutive time, the UAE will take part in the Venice Biennale, one of the world's largest arts and cultural gathering, happening once every two years in Venice, Italy. The UAE National Pavilion will be curated by Reem Fadda, associate curator for Middle East Art at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project, who announced on Wednesday night, in the presence of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan (grandson of the President His Highness President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed ...  >>MORE

Six Emirati artists win the Abu Dhabi Art Wings Project competition

Posted on 03/10/2012

The designs of six Emirati artists won the Abu Dhabi Art Wings Project competition organised by TCA Abu Dhabi and sponsored by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. This year's winners, Aljoud Lootah, Hajer Al Tenaiji, Nada Khalid Mohammed, Wafa Al Qassimi, Khaled Al Jabri and Ahmed Al Dhahri will have their works on display in The ADCB Ambition Exhibition which can be found at the entrance of the Fair, and across the fair programme which includes visiting artist and patrons, along with a cash prize and ...  >>MORE

Five Emirati artists exhibit work in Abu Dhabi mall

Posted on 02/10/2012

Five Emirati artists showcased their work in the capital's oldest mall on Monday, launching the Arts for All Emerging Emirati Artists Touring Exhibition in a bid to raise awareness of local talent. The initiative is by the Shaikha Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation (SSHF) and will provide mall-goers a chance to view the art works for two weeks in the Abu Dhabi mall, followed by the Al Bawadi mall in Al Ain and the Al Gharbiya mall in the capital's Western Region. "This is my first time ...  >>MORE

Exhibition to feature renowned Emirati artist

Posted on 01/10/2012

The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) has announced the 3rd edition of the ‘Lasting Impressions' exhibition with a focus on the works of renowned Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais The exhibition, which aims to highlight outstanding local and Arab artistic works, includes some of Al Rais' early works from the 1970s, some of his recent pieces, and other pieces of a political nature. "Al Rais draws inspiration from the region's landscape, heritage, environment and construction,” Aisha Demmas, ...  >>MORE

Guggenheim eyes modernist works

Posted on 30/09/2012

Avant-garde artists like Hans Hofmann, Jackson Pollock or Marcel Duchamp aside, the hard question when it comes to what to hang on the walls of future Guggenheim Museum on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat island, is how best to represent the Middle East modernism. Developed by Tourism Development and Investment Company, Guggenheim's latest completion year is 2017, but curators are already on the lookout for building up the permanent collection. Giving a helping hand of what should be in this collection, ...  >>MORE

Four Emirati designers make cut for inaugural programme

Posted on 23/09/2012

Four Emirati designers have been selected to participate in the inaugural six-month Design Road Professional programme, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) announced on Saturday. Organised by Dubai Culture, Tashkeel and the Creative Dialogue Association (CDA), an independent not-for-profit organisation based in Barcelona, the Design Road Professional programme aims to encourage intercultural dialogue and creative exchange between local and international designers. Furniture and ...  >>MORE

Emirati artist secures top location

Posted on 19/09/2012

An Emirati artist has reached new heights after beating tough competition to display his winning work at the Burj Khalifa's ‘At The Top' observation deck. Hamad Al Falasi's digital photography art piece will be showcased for six months on the 124th floor of the world's tallest building and will serve as an introduction to local culture for visitors. Efforts towards promoting Emirati art were lauded during the unveiling of Al Falasi's work on Tuesday. The artist was one of five Emirati ...  >>MORE

Sultan to open lithographic works exhibition next Sunday

Posted on 19/09/2012

Lovers and enthusiasts of fine arts are on promise to enjoy watching some 171 lithographic works from the Levant belonging to H.H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah at the Levant exhibition. Sheikh Sultan will open the event next Sunday, 23 September 2012, at Sharjah Art Museum. The most interesting highlight of the one-month long exhibition will be a rare collection of Orientalists' works, also owned by Sheikh Sultan, to be displayed for the ...  >>MORE

Budding artists dream it up

Posted on 23/08/2012

Art pieces made by students from over 50 schools across the UAE are being showcased at the ‘Live Your Dream' exhibition held to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and the back-to-school ‘Love Art' initiative of Deira City Centre. The exhibition which will run until September 15 expresses all types of festivities and spreading happiness and joy. Fuad Al Najjar, Senior Director, Asset Management, Shopping Malls for Majid Al Futtaim Properties, said that the Love Art programme encourages budding artists to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority sets deadline for entries to Emirates Photography Competition 2012

Posted on 30/07/2012

Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has set a deadline of September 30 for entries to the International Emirates Photography Competition (EPC) 2012 - the seventh in the annual series - which is being held under the patronage of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) and this year carries a prize purse of over US US$135,000. A jury of international experts, including acclaimed Arab photographers, will review submissions in October with the winners due to be ...  >>MORE

Artists in Residence Dubai looking for new submissions

Posted on 26/07/2012

In January, a landmark collaboration happened in the sleepy, sun-baked streets of Al Bastakiya, Dubai's heritage quarter. Six artists - three Emirati, three from the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) and Asia - worked side by side for three months and produced a body of individual projects that reflected on their experience of the city. With the curator Ali MacGilp on hand for input, the final works were true home-grown creations and the project connected Art Dubai, the Dubai Culture and Arts ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Art 2012 welcomes back world's best art galleries

Posted on 26/07/2012

The line-up of fifty of the world's leading modern, contemporary art and design galleries showcasing 400 artists during Abu Dhabi Art 2012 (from 7-10 November) on Saadiyat Island, has been revealed. Now in its fourth edition, Abu Dhabi Art is again held at the Manarat Al Saadiyat exhibition centre as well as the UAE Pavilion, an artwork in itself designed by famous architect Lord Norman Foster. It is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority and sponsored by BVLGARI. "You can ...  >>MORE

Emirati art finalists to take inspiration from Burj Khalifa

Posted on 25/07/2012

Ara Gallery in Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai, has announced the five finalists of its Art At The Top competition, a search for an artist to display their work in At The Top on the pinnacle floor of the Burj Khalifa. Hamad Al Falasi, Hamdan Buti Al Shamisi, Nashwa Zakariya, Nasir Nasrallah and Zeinab Alhashemi have all got to the final round after submitting their portfolios in an open call announced on June 18. Each of the finalists now has until September 6 to create an artwork on the theme ...  >>MORE

Photography contest to capture the spirit of Ramadan

Posted on 25/07/2012

Shutterbugs in the Gulf can photograph the many cultural and religious facets of Ramadan for the 2012 International Ramadan Photography Competition. Launched on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ramadanphotography), the non-profit initiative themed ‘Capture the Spirit of Ramadan' by StudioBasel, the Oman-based architecture, branding and design firm, aims to educate viewers across the world about the holy month Spearheaded by the firm's founder and chief creative director, Basel Al Misshal, it serves ...  >>MORE

Emiratis learn the fine art of fine arts

Posted on 17/07/2012

Alia Lootah has always aspired to a career in the art world. As a fine arts undergraduate at the University of Sharjah, she dreamt of working in at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Now Ms Lootah has lived the dream, along with fellow students on the master's programme in art history and museum studies at the Paris Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi. They have just returned from a three-month compulsory internship in Paris, one of the cultural capitals of the world. "It is the most important part ...  >>MORE

SHARJAH BIENNIAL 11 NAMES ITS GUEST ARTISTS

Posted on 25/06/2012

The Sharjah Biennial 11, returning next year from March 11 to 13 and run by the Sharjah Art Foundation, has revealed which five artists have been invited to create exclusive works. On the list are the French visual artist Saadane Afif, the Indian architecture and crafts collective Studio Mumbai, the Chinese multimedia specialist Yang Fudong, the Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima and the Egyptian artist Wael Shawky. Curator Yuko Hasegawa, who is also the chief curator of Tokyo's Museum of ...  >>MORE

Second edition of Hamdan Photography Award announced

Posted on 21/06/2012

The second edition of the Hamdan International Photography Award (Hipa) with a prize of US$120,000 (Dh440,777), the highest of its kind in the world, was announced on June 19. Held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the second edition, like its inaugural 2011 edition, aims to secure its place in the creative global arena. The award positions the emirate as a hub of culture and serves as a tool to promote its artistic vision, ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Biennial to kick off in March 2013

Posted on 19/06/2012

Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) has announced the dates for Sharjah Biennial 11, which will be held from March 13 — May 13, 2013, and curator Yuko Hasegawa has revealed a selection of the artists invited to create work for the Biennial, including Saadane Afif, Yang Fudong, Studio Mumbai, Kazuyo Sejima, and Wael Shawky. For the theme of Sharjah Biennial 11, Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT), has selected artworks that explore the complexity and diversity ...  >>MORE

Interactive art exhibition opens in Sharjah

Posted on 09/06/2012

Works of four young UAE-based artists are on display at the first exhibition to solely focus on interactive art in the region, The exhbition, inaugurated at Al Maraya Art Centre - Al Qasba on Wednesday will last until July 28. With "Please touch the art works" in bold black print on the floor, the exhibition, "A Most Precarious Relationship: Artists, Audiences and Interactive Art in the Emirates", uses the element of audience participation and interaction with the art work as the medium. ...  >>MORE

Tourism Culture Authority Abu Dhabi presents Artscape of World Cultures on Wednesday at Manarat Al Saadiyat

Posted on 04/06/2012

Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) presents Artscape of World Cultures, this Wednesday at Manarat Al Saadiyat in conjunction with Treasures of the World's Cultures exhibition which runs until 17 July and has received almost 13,000 visitors in its first month. The evening takes form as an international evening bazaar including dance, music, poetry, art, food, map-making activities and hands-on workshops in collaboration with cultural organisations from all over the UAE. ...  >>MORE

Cultural openness in the UAE society through art appreciated

Posted on 03/06/2012

The UAE society is undergoing a cultural openness that is allowing people's mentalities and personalities to move away from previously conservative views towards art, top Emirati artists said in the capital. "In the past, I felt that art was being met with indifference. I had to rebel against society to form my own artistic personality,” art photographer Yousuf Al Harmoudi said. Nowadays, not only have people become more interested in the field, they have also begun to understand the ...  >>MORE

Saadiyat Island to get Italian arts centre

Posted on 03/06/2012

An Italian cultural centre and school are being planned for the capital. We will provide teachers from Italy," said Gianfranco Conte, the president of the finance committee in the Italian chamber of deputies. It is not known when the school will open. The cultural centre, Palazzo Italia, is likely to be beside the Louvre and Guggenheim museums on Saadiyat Island. "The Palazzo Italia will be a cultural centre that will host museum exhibits, art shows, fashion shows and everything Italian," ...  >>MORE

Residents make a strong case for more public art

Posted on 12/05/2012

The appeal of public art was shared by residents and organisers during the unveiling of an exhibition on Thursday titled ‘Outdoor Art Project 2012' at Bay Avenue, Business Bay where larger-than-life artworks lined the promenade. The partnership between Dubai Culture and Dubai Properties Group (DPG) brought together 12 Emirati and UAE artists who were commissioned to produce art under the theme, ‘This is Dubai, the city that I lived'. " We want the public to interact with art. The unique ...  >>MORE

Emirati artist Lamya Gargash presents new work in Dubai

Posted on 07/05/2012

A meteoric rise to fame can be dangerous for any artist. How do you build on an early work that has an immediate audience, is argued over by collectors and, in the rare case of Emirati artist Lamya Gargash, makes it into the Venice Biennale to represent your country on the international stage? Gargash's Presence series - created between trips home while the artist was studying at Central Saint Martins in London - caught the eye of the curatorial team heading up the UAE's inaugural ...  >>MORE

Young Artist Award calls for entries

Posted on 01/05/2012

This year's Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award (YAA) has announced its call for entries, accepting applications from May 1 to November 1. First launched in 2006, the competition recognises emerging artists in the UAE, under the patronage of HH Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is open to all UAE residents, age 18 to 35. Applicants should not have had a previous independent solo exhibit. For more information, visit >>MORE

Warrior vibes - Emirati contemporary pop artist debuts her solo art exhibition

Posted on 30/04/2012

Throughout history, men have been celebrated and remembered as the ones to rule and dominate, whether in the workplace, at home, or in battlefields. This perception has kept today's generation from truly acknowledging the great women warriors, who have fought and led troops into battle, and stood up to the powerful male leaders of their day. But present today is far from ancient yesterday, and the time has come when brave females are recognised and carried on shoulders for everyone's eyes to ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Nahyan opens the world’s largest mural in Dubai

Posted on 29/04/2012

Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, opened yesterday the largest mural in the world, done by the Lebanese artist Souheil Madi, in Gloria Hotel Dubai. Dr. Ghaith Bin Hamel Al Ghaith, Vice Chairman of Al Ghaith Holding and the number of the governing body of Gloria Hotel and a group of dignitaries and a number of media personalities, attended the opening ceremony. The artist, Souheil Madi, mentioned that his mural "Caravan of Women" is the ...  >>MORE

UAE's palm leaf architecture celebrated at London expo

Posted on 26/04/2012

London is hosting the first European exhibition to celebrate the date palm leaf's pivotal role in the United Arab Emirates' traditional architecture with the ground-breaking event being co-sponsored by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. The exhibition, 'Arish: Palm Leaf Architecture in the United Arab Emirates runs at the Royal Geographic Society in London until May 5 and celebrates the palm's influence on Arabian architecture, following the publication of a book devoted to the subject ...  >>MORE

About Sharjah: In love of the ‘written’ art

Posted on 25/04/2012

In the heart of Sharjah, more than 300 Islamic artworks in a growing collection of calligraphy ensures that the legacy of Islamic arts will continue and it encourages artists to pursue mastering the art in Arabia. On display in the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, these artworks attract a large number of school children and families as well as tourists from various countries. Currently the only museum dedicated to Arabic and Islamic Calligraphy in the Arab World, the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum ...  >>MORE

Emirati women's exhibit has global appeal

Posted on 22/04/2012

An exhibition presenting the thoughts, feelings and experiences of Emirati women has created so much interest that there are plans to translate the works into a number of languages and publish them in book form. The Facets of Emirati Women International Travelling Exhibition, which consists of photographic compositions accompanied by 50-word stories written in English by Emirati students, is currently touring Bucharest, Romania, and Japan. It has already gone to Britain, the Czech Republic, ...  >>MORE

Quite the Emirati character

Posted on 22/04/2012

Dubai Women's College graduate walks away from a career in the government sector to pursue her passion for art Wafa Al Marzouqi, 23, recently walked away from a career as a research analyst to pursue her passion and make a living as an Emirati character designer. The Dubai Women's College (DWC) graduate has been nurturing her talent for character design since she was a shy little girl. "I've always been more into character design as opposed to landscapes because I was a shy kid," she ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi Art 2012 Closes with unprecedented number of visitors


Abu Dhabi Motors turns three of its cars into art work


Abu Dhabi on brink of 'golden age' as architecture legends hail Saadiyat


Interweaving UAE traditional makabbah with modernity


Art world arrives on Saadiyat Island for Fourth Edition of Abu Dhabi Art


SMCCU launches Treasures of the UAE art competition


A.i.R’s curator, artists for ‘13


Abu Dhabi Art welcomes contemporary designers, artists, architects


"The Present" opens at Maraya Art Centre


Christo explains avant-garde vision in heart of UAE Empty Quarter


UAE to make presence felt at Venice Biennale


Six Emirati artists win the Abu Dhabi Art Wings Project competition


Five Emirati artists exhibit work in Abu Dhabi mall


Exhibition to feature renowned Emirati artist


Guggenheim eyes modernist works


Four Emirati designers make cut for inaugural programme


Emirati artist secures top location


Sultan to open lithographic works exhibition next Sunday


Budding artists dream it up


Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority sets deadline for entries to Emirates Photography Competition 2012


Artists in Residence Dubai looking for new submissions


Abu Dhabi Art 2012 welcomes back world's best art galleries


Emirati art finalists to take inspiration from Burj Khalifa


Photography contest to capture the spirit of Ramadan


Emiratis learn the fine art of fine arts


SHARJAH BIENNIAL 11 NAMES ITS GUEST ARTISTS


Second edition of Hamdan Photography Award announced


Sharjah Biennial to kick off in March 2013


Interactive art exhibition opens in Sharjah


Tourism Culture Authority Abu Dhabi presents Artscape of World Cultures on Wednesday at Manarat Al Saadiyat


Cultural openness in the UAE society through art appreciated


Saadiyat Island to get Italian arts centre


Residents make a strong case for more public art


Emirati artist Lamya Gargash presents new work in Dubai


Young Artist Award calls for entries


Warrior vibes - Emirati contemporary pop artist debuts her solo art exhibition


Sheikh Nahyan opens the world’s largest mural in Dubai


UAE's palm leaf architecture celebrated at London expo


About Sharjah: In love of the ‘written’ art


Emirati women's exhibit has global appeal


Quite the Emirati character