Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), inaugurated the seventh edition of the Dubai International Art Fair 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) and attracted an enthusiastic response from local, regional and international bodies. Artistic society.
With stringent health and safety measures in place during the four-day exhibition, which concludes on April 10, this year’s World Art Dubai collection presents works by more than 250 artists and galleries from 27 countries.
On opening day, visitors welcomed more than 2,000 original contemporary artworks in diverse genres ranging from mixed media, photography and sculpture to graffiti and digital art. The event also features dedicated exhibition sections and audience-friendly performances on fashion, music, dance and sustainability.
“The breadth of this year’s World Art Dubai and the safety measures in place throughout the venue will ensure visitors of all ages have a wonderful day out,” said Trixie Lohm Mirmand, Executive Vice President of Exhibitions and Events Management at Dubai World Trade Center. “After the success of last winter’s event, the popularity of world art in Dubai has continued to grow and we look forward to gracefully welcoming visitors from all over the world to affirm Dubai’s pioneering role in driving renewed optimism into the global art and event arenas.”
Urban Art DXB, a dedicated area for graffiti and street art curated by Lewis Wright of London-based Vandalist Art Gallery, caught the attention of the opening day thanks to eye-catching live graffiti sessions by local and international artists including Maddy Butcher, Fink 22 and Pure Evil . Urban Art DXB is also hosting a live wall jam battle at World Art Dubai, as artists compete to win free exhibition space at next year’s exhibition.
Visitors have also been dazzled by the ToDA Digital Art Theater, which offers a stunning visual journey through two masterpieces: “Monet to Kandinsky” and “The Impressionists”.
Elsewhere in the fair, visitors can enjoy the Dubai Police inspiring collection, curated by a group of enthusiastic officers, while an artistic fashion show featuring handcrafted art by Dubai-based designer Samar Raafat includes gowns and suits adorned with exquisite designs. Hand-drawn.
To celebrate the golden jubilee of the United Arab Emirates, ADNOC is launching a public art competition at World Art Dubai this year. With the aim of providing a platform and opportunity for emerging and established artists across the UAE, the competition will invite artists to express their vision for the nation’s future while showcasing the journey of progress and development.
For visitors keen to expand their artistic skills and create their own pieces, the World Art Dubai workshop corner features a schedule filled with socially distant classes guided by well-known artists; highlights of the weekend include knife painting with Dubai’s Funun Arts’ Fine Art Gallery; Children’s drawing session with Artezaar Online Art Gallery; Nikon adult and child photography lessons.
“It’s my third year as a teacher with World Art Dubai this year,” said Valentina Alexievna, a Dubai-based artist who leads the workshops. “I am especially excited about my tiara flower workshop, as well as the paintings. I provide step-by-step instructions that enable participants to achieve great results, regardless of their skill level.”
In an effort to highlight emerging talents in the pottery art community, the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is organizing a pottery exhibition for young and adult artists who are both citizens and residents of the UAE. The exhibition will feature the works of young artists who have learned the art of pottery at the Al Jalila Children’s Cultural Center (AJCCC) and create pieces with meticulous craftsmanship, technique and creativity. The Joint Jewish Community Center also holds two evening workshops to teach children the basics of ceramics and pottery on April 8 and 9. Participants will learn about ceramic materials and technologies and how to transform them into creative forms using their imaginations.
To ensure the safety of visitors, and in line with all government guidelines, a range of measures will be implemented, including social distancing, mandatory mask wearing, regular disinfection, and clearly defined entry and exit areas. World Art Dubai has partnered with www.fynd.art to provide visitors with a contactless experience. By scanning an art piece using their smartphones, visitors can explore information about the artworks on display, artists, and galleries.
The World Art Dubai exhibition runs until April 10 from 1 pm-9pm every day, except for Saturday, which the show continues until 8pm. Tickets cost 20 dirhams for adults and 10 dirhams for children, with family packages available. Tickets can be purchased online through the World Art Dubai website. Free parking is provided to all visitors in the multi-storey car park on Exhibition Street.
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