More than 3,000 diverse, affordable and original works of art feature until 15 April at Dubai World Trade Centre
With contemporary art work from a selection of over 150 international galleries, artists from five continents, inspiring talks and creative learning workshops - and even a RIPE craft and foodie market - World Art Dubai promises to take over the senses. Vision picks this year's top 10 must-sees.
Shining a light on the culture and heritage of Arabia, this unique exhibition features a number of artists either from, or with roots in, the Middle East. One such artist is Egyptian-born architect Mohamed El Banna who focuses much of his work on Arabic calligraphy. “Our goal is to raise awareness of Islamic art in all its forms, and provide people with a niche platform to explore a wide array of work, or even own a piece of Islamic-inspired artwork that doesn’t break the bank”, says Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Manager.
One of Dubai’s emerging creative talents, Victor Sitali, who lost his hearing and speech at the age of two, is coming to World Art Dubai with Mawaheb from Beautiful People – an art studio for adults with special needs. Not only can Victor do a speed painting of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in just seven minutes, the Zambian artist has exhibited his work at a number of international galleries. Victor will showcase his seven minute speed painting and teaching a daily sign language workshop at World Art Dubai, while other Mahaweb artists will give talks on how art has helped them overcome their disabilities.
Compared to the likes of Monet and Roald Dahl's illustrator Quention Blake is not bad when you are only eight years old. Iranian school girl Sarvenaz Rahgozar is the youngest exhibitor at World Art Dubai and works with pencil colour, water colour, gouache and acrylic paints, drawing inspiration from epic old poems from her homeland to create pieces with names like ‘Local dance’ and ‘Pain modern man’.
The Blah Blah Lounge
If you want to exercise your mind as well as your eyes, explore the fun free talks taking place at the Blah Blah Lounge. Covering everything from tips for buying your first piece of artwork and ‘the ABC of Art Collecting’, to ‘The Fear – How to Remove the Fear of Buying Art by Understanding How to Buy’, you’ll be an art connoisseur in no time.
This year’s World Art Dubai sees dedicated pavilions from Europe, the Ukraine, the USA and Japan, gathering more than 35 international art galleries and over 120 emerging and established talents. Art ranges from pop art, abstract and figurative drawings to quirky street art from all over the world, including England, France, Italy, Russia and Turkey.
Art for Every Wall
Back by popular demand, this accessible initiative features a variety of original artworks with prices ranging from AED500 to AED3,000. Each artist exhibiting at the fair has the opportunity to display one piece on the wall, reinforcing the fair’s powerful message that global contemporary and accessible art is available and open to all.
The Art Of…
A variety of workshops are designed to help unleash the visitor's creative spirit. Experts at Forever Rose, for example, are running a flower arranging workshop for those interested in creating the perfect bouquet, while the Ali Al Mulla Group will be teaching how to create the perfect signature fragrance to suit all tastes in its specially curated Oud laboratory.
Born into a traditional South Indian Brahmin family, Jani may be an artist, but she has never used a paintbrush in her life. Instead, she works with knives and blades to create oil canvases that are raw, sharp and mesmerising.
Ripe Craft Market
The contemporary craft area by Ripe Market will welcome hundreds of local artisans in a creative, cottage industry atmosphere, with vendors selling everything from lifestyle gifts, arts, crafts and furniture to unique fashion and jewellery.
World Art Dubai takes place at 2pm-9pm until April 15 at Dubai World Trade Centre