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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - ARTS

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

New campaign aims to get more UAE-based recording artists heard

Posted on 08/04/2012

UAE-based recording artists are still "lagging in sales and struggling to secure concerts across the market", according to the Dubai-based music label and talent management Co-Sign Kilma. This, despite a rising level of talent, which has managed to attract the attention of award-winning international artists and a hit television show beyond the Emirates' borders. Adeniyi Adetokunboh, the manager of Co-Sign Kilma, said tomorrow's "Shouting to Be Heard" forum, in collaboration with Grace & ...  >>MORE

Arts lovers welcome plan for new Dubai Opera House

Posted on 02/04/2012

A leading figure in Dubai's classical music scene who last year said the city urgently needed a purpose-built music venue has described plans to build an opera house near the Burj Khalifa as "fantastic". Brigitta Dagostin, chair of the Dubai Concert Committee, said last May that a new venue was needed because classical music was being neglected to the extent that it had become a "cultural poor relation". Her committee hosts up to 12 events a year at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre ...  >>MORE

Old TV recordings featured in Art Dubai

Posted on 25/03/2012

Television recordings of UAE life from the 1970s to 1990s were showcased on the concluding day of Art Dubai. Hind Mezaina, a blogger from Dubai, featured Emirati Aqeel Al Showab's collection that dates back to the early 1970s. Al Showab started chronicling life in the country when he was a teenager, recording events broadcast on television including state visits, entertainment shows and sport on VHS/Betamax — both now obsolete video formats. Hind edited Al Showab's collection of 10,000 ...  >>MORE

Art Dubai to give fillip to contemporary works

Posted on 21/03/2012

Art Dubai, recognised as the leading event in the region's booming contemporary art community, which opened officially yesterday, is set to headline the city's cultural scene for the next four days. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Price of Dubai and Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, officially opened Art Dubai yesterday at Madinat Jumeirah. The opening came after a press conference by Antonia Carver, ...  >>MORE

Emirati students awarded at Abu Dhabi Festival

Posted on 20/03/2012

Hasan Morad Al Beloushi held a trophy high to an excited crowd as they applauded the achievement of a group of ambitious Emiratis. He was one of the 10 students and graduates from UAE University who were last night awarded for their creative achievements at the Abu Dhabi Festival awards ceremony. Mr Al Beloushi, 23, who was being recognised for his achievements as a young media leader, was not intimidated by the hundreds of guests or the cameras beside them - as is to be expected from a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Art 2012 will be held in November

Posted on 20/03/2012

Abu Dhabi Art 2012 will be held from 7-10 November at Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi. Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority, the event is much more than an art fair, it is a platform for modern and contemporary art and public programmes, bringing together a selection of leading art galleries from across the world, according to Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC) press release. In its fourth edition, galleries showcase a variety of works ...  >>MORE

24 UAE artists to present myriad facets of arts at SIKKA 2012

Posted on 13/03/2012

SIKKA 2012, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority's (Dubai Culture) dedicated artist-led fair of commissioned work by UAE talent, has unveiled the selected artists and their projects, for the fair's second edition to be held from March 15 to 25, 2012 running concurrently with Art Week, Dubai's premier umbrella arts initiative. The artists were short-listed by SIKKA's cross-disciplinary Selection Committee, chaired by the Authority, comprising established Emirati creative influencers including ...  >>MORE

Emirati artists join creative journey to Saudi Arabia

Posted on 12/03/2012

A young woman in a headscarf squints into the sun, against the backdrop of the Saudi Arabian desert, and grins. "It made me appreciate life," she says. "I'm never going to complain again, ever!" The woman is the 23-year-old Qatari filmmaker Hamida Al Kuwari, and the clip is from a video posted on the website for Arabia Offscreen, an expedition with the aim of forging creative relationships between people in the UK and the Middle East. Nine young artists were selected to take the trip to ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature: A celebration of art and culture

Posted on 07/03/2012

A breathtaking display of readings, dance, music and poetry marked the opening of the fourth annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2012 at the Al Mamzar Theatre, Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association, on Tuesday. More than 120 authors are participating in the five days of celebration of literature which includes an array of literary activities including author interactions, workshops for adults and children and cultural events. Talking about the festival's theme of ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Fatima puts the abaya in a new light in debut art show

Posted on 05/03/2012

Place any object on light-sensitive, photographic paper and leave it out in the sun for a few hours. The effect is that of a ghostly imprint left on the paper, halfway between a silhouette-like outline and a subtly translucent form. Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan has exploited this medium to create ethereal evocations of the abaya, and she exhibits the results this week at The Ara Gallery in Downtown Dubai. The technique, called the photogram, was one of the first forms of ...  >>MORE

Louvre Abu Dhabi buys in to Italian Renaissance

Posted on 01/03/2012

Paintings by two masters of the Italian Renaissance have been acquired by the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum and were revealed last night at Manarat Al Saadiyat. Madonna and Child by Giovanni Bellini, painted circa 1480-50, and Jacob's Journey by Jacopo Bassano, circa 1565-70, are both part of the key canon in the evolution of Renaissance painting. The works have entered the permanent collection of the museum, which is a development of the Tourism Development and Investment Company and scheduled ...  >>MORE

Science and Arts exhibition shines light on UAE culture and heritage

Posted on 15/12/2011

Over five thousand pupils, their teachers and parents joined together in a triangular effort to create a magnificent science and arts exhibition in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Themed on science and art, the Scienceart , setup in more than 100 class rooms and corridors of the Model School in Abu Dhabi showcased a wide variety of exhibits covering science, culture, arts, literature, linguistics, history and commerce. The special sections on the history and development of the United Arab ...  >>MORE

Art exhibition captures cultural heritage

Posted on 11/12/2011

Fatima Al Yousuf wanted something with which to remember her family home. "This building that I grew up in was being torn down to make place for a new one, and although I wanted to preserve it for posterity, I had no idea how to capture its beauty and the depth of memories it held for me," the 24-year-old Emirati creative lab associate told Gulf News. But when she registered for a summer photography workshop, her idea for a project soon developed into a series of 5"x7" prints that Fatima ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid signs "40 Poems from the Desert"

Posted on 05/12/2011

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum signed the new poetry diwan "40 Poems from the Desert," which features a collection of his old and new poems, at a special launch ceremony held at the Ara Gallery in Downtown Dubai - Burj Khalifa. The Diwan, released in 10,000 fine print copies, was prepared by the Government of Dubai Media Office in celebration of the 40th National Day of the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Mohammed signed ...  >>MORE

UAE pavilion hosts culture and collectables fair

Posted on 10/11/2011

If you have an interest in design, don't miss the third Abu Dhabi Art, which runs from this Wednesday until Saturday, in the Saadiyat Cultural District. This year, the boutique-style fair will include a new section devoted specifically to design, including furniture and interiors, with exhibitors and guest speakers from design galleries and studios from around the world. Other sections at the event will have work displayed by established galleries and emerging artists, plus outdoor ...  >>MORE

Images that defined rise of a nation

Posted on 19/10/2011

Falcons, wind towers, palm trees and dhows are all familiar symbols that represent the UAE, seen on stamps and banknotes to the crests of government bodies. So prevalent are they today that, as the country prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its birth, we perhaps take them for granted. But how, in 1971, did a new nation come to be represented by these images? That is what a research project by the Sharjah Art Foundation hopes to find out. The study, titled An Archaeology of ...  >>MORE

Show brings Emiratis’ photography into focus

Posted on 19/10/2011

The second Emirati Expressions, a photography exhibition, opened to the public on Tuesday at Manarat Al Saadiyat Island. The exhibition is held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and is being organised by the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC). A true Emirati project, Emirati Expressions features ten Emirati artists, including Afra Al Dhaheri; Afra Bin Daher; Alia Al ...  >>MORE

Emirati artist’s works on show at Sharjah Museum

Posted on 03/10/2011

Around 80 thought-provoking art pieces portraying messages on the value of society, culture and tradition, many with symbols of modernity, are on exhibit at the second edition of the "Lasting Impressions Exhibition” of the Sharjah Art Museum. The exhibition is hosting the artworks of Emirati artist, Dr Najat Meky, one of UAE's pioneering national artists, whose latest unique art pieces are making a public debut in UAE. Manal Ataya, Director-General of the Sharjah Museums Department, told ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Museums Department announces the opening of the Lasting Impressions Exhibition

Posted on 22/09/2011

Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) announced the opening of the 2nd edition of the Lasting Impressions exhibition. The announcement was made during a press conference, which was held at the Sharjah Art Museum yesterday. The exhibition, which is supported this year by HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, will host the Emirati artist Najat Meky, one of the UAE's pioneering national artists. SMD stated that hosting Meky comes in ...  >>MORE

Artist imagines the dark side of Dubai with Star Wars

Posted on 07/07/2011

The Star Wars creator George Lucas has gained a reputation as one of Hollywood's great recluses, seldom speaking in public or giving interviews. But now the legendary director, who describes himself as shy, has been moved to break his silence to give his verdict on a book about Dubai. The work is Dark Lens, which features photographs by the French artist Cédric Delsaux that depict characters and spaceships from the Star Wars films against the backdrop of scenes of Dubai. In one image a droid ...  >>MORE

UAE exhibit 'Islamic Science Rediscovered' returns to US

Posted on 03/07/2011

‘Islamic Science Rediscovered', also known as ‘Sultans of Science' — the global travelling exhibition created by Dubai- and Cape Town-based MTE Studios — is to return revamped to the US by popular demand. Originally started at the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai, the exhibition has gone global in the last few years. The interactive exhibits will be showcased at the world-renowned Tech Museum in San Francisco from September to February. The remarkable contributions of Muslim scholars in science ...  >>MORE

Dubai's art scene takes centre stage at London's Arab culture show

Posted on 03/07/2011

The city's fast-growing arts scene will be showcased at a massive celebration of contemporary Arab culture that is being held in London this month. Brownbook, the Dubai-based arts magazine, is staging a week-long series of events including a photographic exhibition, a book launch and a discussion session. The presentation, called Dubai Futures, will run at the AIR gallery in the centre of the British capital from July 18 to July 23. It is one of more than 70 events being staged at more than ...  >>MORE

Show to focus on little known wildlife in Arabian Peninsula

Posted on 26/06/2011

An outdoor exhibition of the relatively unknown wildlife that survives in the Arabian Peninsula despite harsh desert conditions, habitat encroachment, poaching or hunting, will take over the Abu Dhabi Corniche in December before touring the Gulf region. Displayed in the shape of a falcon's eye, the large-scale WILD ARABIA with National Geographic Al Arabiya exhibition will display 100 photographs of some of the most amazing species from the Arab region, chosen by National Geographic in ...  >>MORE

Emirati artists in collaboration with renowned photographer Stephen Shore to showcase art

Posted on 21/06/2011

Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) announced that the next Emirati Expressions exhibition will open on the Oct. 19 and will feature the works of art by Emirati photographers collaborating with one of the world's most renowned photographers, Stephen Shore. Following its successful debut in 2008 with the theme "The Movement of Thought,” Emirati Expressions 2011 will feature works developed from a series of photography workshops led by Shore that began this May and will run for ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed lauds UAE participation at Venice Biennale

Posted on 02/06/2011

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, said yesterday he was deeply satisfied with the youths' engagement in the UAE Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. UAE participates with its second National Pavilion in the Arsenale under the theme "Second Time Around" proudly presenting the work of three Emirati artists to the international community. 'What is important to us is the participation of the UAE in the global highly ...  >>MORE

ArtBus takes people on unique cultural journey

Posted on 15/05/2011

Art, and the galleries it was housed in, used to be reserved for the super-elite members of society. However, a stalwart service has changed this perception, literally providing a way for all to access art, culture and history across the UAE. Kim Moinette is a fine art registrar and collections management specialist, who recently moved back to Dubai after spending the last 10 years working in art museums in the US. She is now an ArtBus regular. "My first experience with the ArtBus was back ...  >>MORE

Framing Dubai one picture at a time

Posted on 02/05/2011

Images of the city captured by 10 young Emirati photographers will be displayed in a permanent collection at the new US consulate set to open this year, an official said at a dedication ceremony yesterday. Alongside their display will be a montage of 1,440 images taken by the American photographer Roberto Lopaldo during a 24-hour walking tour he took from Media City to Dubai Creek. The images showed "a more personal side of Dubai which isn't so obvious", said Hyun Sim, a representative from ...  >>MORE

Euro art a part of the Dubai scene

Posted on 17/04/2011

The opening of an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the Romanian artist Bogdan Lascar is the latest example of a trend in which increasing numbers of European artists are choosing the UAE to showcase their work. The show, Neurophysiological Neo-Opera of Shapings, will continue at the west wing atrium at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) until April 26. In the past few weeks the French artist Jean Charles Yaich has shown his white-paper sculptures at the Alliance ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Biennial puts women in the picture

Posted on 12/04/2011

A series of photos depicting an artist's view of the position of women in society and dozens of coloured landscapes drawn during a trip with a donkey and a dog are flying the flag for Emirati art at the Arab world's largest cultural event. "Women's Circles", by Ebtisam Abdulaziz of Sharjah, consists of 20 pictures of a woman in black posing in various positions with a white circle and is on show at the Sharjah Biennial. Also on display at Sharjah Art Museum is "Camar Cande's Journey" by her ...  >>MORE

Awards recognise patrons of the arts

Posted on 04/04/2011

Forty individuals and organisations who have contributed more than Dh130 million in the past year towards the development of the Dubai arts scene were honoured yesterday. More than half of the people recognised at the second Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts awards were new donors. "This year was more challenging in terms of making the ceremony truly cultural. It's heart-warming that so many people support Dubai's arts and culture," said Saeed Nabouda, the acting ...  >>MORE

Centre for artists opens at Al Qattara Fort in Al Ain

Posted on 31/03/2011

Al Qattara Fort took on a new role on Tuesday with the opening of a centre for artists in the city. The fort has been restored, designed and funded entirely by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach). Al Qattara Arts Centre will have extensive arts and culture programmes with a strong emphasis on Arab art and UAE heritage and culture. The centre was inaugurated by Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi. An Adach ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi 2011 Arts festival promises to encourage raw talent

Posted on 23/03/2011

The World of Music, Arts and Dance (Womad) is returning for a third season of performances, workshops, activities and outreach programmes across Abu Dhabi. The open-air festival, organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) in collaboration with UK-based Womad will be held at the Abu Dhabi Corniche from April 7 to 9, and at Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain from April 7 to 8. Abdullah Al Ameri, Director of the Arts and Culture Department at Adach, said: "We are thrilled to ...  >>MORE

Emirates Foundation leases Paris Artists' Studio apartment to support UAE National talent

Posted on 20/03/2011

The Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy has announced that selected Emirati artists will be offered an unprecedented opportunity to develop their creative techniques in Paris. The Foundation has taken up a 49-year lease (until the year 2060) on a fully-equipped artists' studio apartment in the prestigious "Cit Internationale des Arts" - the well-known artistic community in central Paris. Here, artists selected by the Foundation's Arts '&' Culture Programme will work alongside institutions and ...  >>MORE

5th edition of Art Dubai opens

Posted on 16/03/2011

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has opened the 5th edition of Art Dubai, the largest and most established contemporary art fair in the Middle East, at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has started his tour of the venue of the fair from Maison Van Cleef '&' Arpels, a partner of Art Dubai for the last three years, presents its latest collection of high jewellery, Les Voyages Extraordinaires, ...  >>MORE

ADACH to organise first major monographic exhibition of Emirati artist Hassan Sharif

Posted on 16/03/2011

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) will organise first major monographic exhibition for the oldest contemporary Emirati artist of the UAE, Hassan Sharif from Thursday. Abdullah Al Amri, Director of Arts and Culture Department at ADACH said in a press conference that exhibition entitled: ‘Experiments '&' Objects' showcase Sharif's works from 1979 to 2011 and will run from March 17th to June 17th 2011. The exhibition begins with the artist's early experiments and ...  >>MORE

A chance to be seen in Venice

Posted on 16/03/2011

Three Emirati artists were thrust into the international spotlight yesterday when they were named to have their art displayed in the UAE Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale. The event, held in the Italian city every second year, is an international exhibition that draws more than 375,000 visitors. This year it runs from June 4 to November 27. At the 2009 version the UAE became the first Gulf state to be represented, alongside 70 other countries. The three names were announced at the ...  >>MORE

Biennial to reflect Sharjah’s
social, cultural landscape

Posted on 15/03/2011

More than 65 artists will showcase their works at the Sharjah Biennial 10 (SB8) that will open to the public tomorrow across various parts of the city, organisers announced at a Press conference in Sharjah. "This year marks nearly two decades of the Sharjah Biennial's work and in many ways, reflects the growing depth and diversity of Sharjah's social and cultural landscape,” said Shaikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President of Sharjah Art Foundation. The 10th edition of the Sharjah Biennial, one of ...  >>MORE

Art Dubai is a passport to new departures in art

Posted on 14/03/2011

With the region's biggest art fair, Art Dubai, opening this week, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is hosting three separate exhibitions beginning today - including one that simulates an airport. Edge of Arabia, a travelling exhibition of work by contemporary Saudi Arabian artists, makes its first appearance in Dubai tonight with a show entitled Terminal. The invitations have been modelled on an airline ticket, and visitors will be escorted into the show on the DIFC grounds. ...  >>MORE

Two Emirati artists are making a splash with exhibitions in England

Posted on 13/03/2011

The UAE's art world has exploded in recent years, with new galleries, new collectors and a new generation of bright young artists springing up in Dubai and Abu Dhabi - and now Emirati artists are making a splash in London. A small solo show dedicated to work by the 23-year-old Dubai-based artist Kholoud Sharafi is currently running at the British Arab Centre in Holborn, and next month a larger exhibition of art by Abu Dhabi's Noor Al Suwaidi, 29, will be launched at the upmarket Gallery 27 in ...  >>MORE

Cartoon network academy draws on Arab talent for second animation course intake

Posted on 10/03/2011

The Cartoon Network Animation Academy, based at twofour54 in Abu Dhabi, is calling on prospective Arab talent to sign up for its new Animation Production course. The one-year, full-time training course, which will commence on May 15th at the Cartoon Network Animation Academy's at twofour54 tadreeb, is now open for entry to anyone with a passion for animation and who is interested in receiving practical training from the first academy of its kind anywhere in the world. The Cartoon Network ...  >>MORE

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Quite the Emirati character


New campaign aims to get more UAE-based recording artists heard


Arts lovers welcome plan for new Dubai Opera House


Old TV recordings featured in Art Dubai


Art Dubai to give fillip to contemporary works


Emirati students awarded at Abu Dhabi Festival


Abu Dhabi Art 2012 will be held in November


24 UAE artists to present myriad facets of arts at SIKKA 2012


Emirati artists join creative journey to Saudi Arabia


Emirates Airline Festival of Literature: A celebration of art and culture


Sheikha Fatima puts the abaya in a new light in debut art show


Louvre Abu Dhabi buys in to Italian Renaissance


Science and Arts exhibition shines light on UAE culture and heritage


Art exhibition captures cultural heritage


Mohammed bin Rashid signs "40 Poems from the Desert"


UAE pavilion hosts culture and collectables fair


Images that defined rise of a nation


Show brings Emiratis’ photography into focus


Emirati artist’s works on show at Sharjah Museum


Sharjah Museums Department announces the opening of the Lasting Impressions Exhibition


Artist imagines the dark side of Dubai with Star Wars


UAE exhibit 'Islamic Science Rediscovered' returns to US


Dubai's art scene takes centre stage at London's Arab culture show


Show to focus on little known wildlife in Arabian Peninsula


Emirati artists in collaboration with renowned photographer Stephen Shore to showcase art


Abdullah bin Zayed lauds UAE participation at Venice Biennale


ArtBus takes people on unique cultural journey


Framing Dubai one picture at a time


Euro art a part of the Dubai scene


Sharjah Biennial puts women in the picture


Awards recognise patrons of the arts


Centre for artists opens at Al Qattara Fort in Al Ain


Abu Dhabi 2011 Arts festival promises to encourage raw talent


Emirates Foundation leases Paris Artists' Studio apartment to support UAE National talent


5th edition of Art Dubai opens


ADACH to organise first major monographic exhibition of Emirati artist Hassan Sharif


A chance to be seen in Venice


Biennial to reflect Sharjah’s
social, cultural landscape


Art Dubai is a passport to new departures in art


Two Emirati artists are making a splash with exhibitions in England


Cartoon network academy draws on Arab talent for second animation course intake