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The best of Dubai’s art season

Home to four fabulous art events, Dubai is the centre of the art world in spring
Dubai’s art scene explodes to life in spring with international exhibition Art Dubai coinciding with Sikka Art Fair, World Art Dubai and offshoot Art Week, to bring creativity to the forefront in the city. Thousands of the world’s leading artists, designers, curators, gallery owners and art experts head to the emirate to explore the latest in artistry and design innovation. Follow our guide to plan your own culture-rich itinerary in Dubai.
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Art Dubai

Discover curated galleries

Art Dubai

Discover curated galleries

When: 21-24 March 2018

Art Dubai is the leading international art fair in the region, with 2018’s diverse line-up of participating galleries promising to be the annual fair’s largest and most diverse yet. Now in its twelfth year, Art Dubai presents a line-up of 104 galleries from the UAE and 46 other countries, with 28 first-time invitees including artists from Iceland, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan. The exhibit is organised into three strands: Contemporary Art, Modern Art, and the newly-launched Residents, a gallery concept highlighting solo artist residencies from stand-out galleries.

Art Dubai is also the home of the Abraaj Group Art Prize, with the winner receiving US$100,000 (AED367,000) to produce a specially commissioned artwork. There are also a host of commissioned projects, film and radio programmes, residencies, educational initiatives and the Global Art Forum, for discussions on recent trends in international art.

Contact Details:
   Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road
   +971 4 563 1400

Guide to Art month March in Dubai
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Art Week

A week of dedicated arts events

Art Week

A week of dedicated arts events

When: 14-24 March 2018

An initiative of Art Dubai Group, supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and Dubai Design District (d3), Art Week plays an important role in bringing together and showcasing all of Dubai’s growing creative achievements and ambitions.

The 2018 edition features more than 350 events combining Art Dubai along with Art Nights at DIFC Gate Village and Alserkal Avenue’s programming (Galleries Night and RCA Secret Dubai – Dubai’s edition of the Royal College of Art’s exhibition and sale). The integrated line-up of exhibitions and initiatives firmly establishes Dubai as an essential meeting point on the global art map, with artists, galleries and cultural institutions continuing to build international audiences of intellectuals, professionals, collectors, patrons and enthusiasts.

Contact Details:
   Various locations including Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
   +971 50 556 9797
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Sikka Art Fair

Explore Arabian artistry

Sikka Art Fair

Explore Arabian artistry

When: 15-25 March 2018

Named after the atmospheric sikkas (alleyways) at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood where it is based, Sikka Art Fair is a make-your-own art adventure where you wander through the badgir (wind-catcher) houses of Old Dubai, which are turned into mini art galleries and installations for the course of the festival. Each house hosts the work of emerging artistic talent from the region.

Expect the unexpected through every doorway. You might encounter live painting, giant puppets, Arabic ‘calligraphiti’, 3D portraits or groundbreaking works of audio, video and performing arts. When you need a break, grab a seat in the main square and enjoy a rich diversity of musical performances, from Afro-Tarab to electronic and classical, beatbox to spoken word poetry and more. An event that welcomes all, Sikka is an integral part of Dubai’s Art Season, and best of all – free.

Contact Details:
   Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai
   +971 4 384 2008

Guide to Art month March in Dubai
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World Art Dubai

Find that one-of-a-kind artwork

World Art Dubai

Find that one-of-a-kind artwork

When: 18-21 April 2018

Billing itself as the ‘affordable art fair with a difference’, World Art Dubai was created to bring together regional and global artists and galleries from across Dubai’s international community with the simple goal of making contemporary art more accessible. The event ends the Dubai art season in style with its unique fusion of art, education and entertainment, reflecting the city’s growing prominence as a leading cultural and artistic hub.

World Art Dubai hosts a diverse collection of modern, contemporary and fine art work for every budget, with hundreds of local, regional and international galleries and artists taking part.

Contact Details:
   Dubai World Trade Centre
   +971 4 563 1400