World Art Dubai opening

World Art Dubai opening

06.04.2016: Photo caption: His Highness Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director

Photo caption:    His Highness Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Information officially opens World Art Dubai at the Dubai World Trade Centre.  The affordable art fair is open until Saturday 9 April.   

-  His Highness Sheikh Haser Bin Maktoum al Maktoum opens second edition of World Art Dubai

- Four day Art fair promises Art for everyone

-  Visitors flock to show to see expanded collection of affordable art for all budgets and live entertainment on show’s opening day

Global contemporary art sector valued at AED21.7 billion witnesses 20% year-on-year growth

His Highness Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Information has officially opened the second edition of World Art Dubai, the region’s premier platform for affordable and accessible art, today at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Running until Saturday 9 April, the fair has grown considerably from last year’s inaugural edition.  More than 140 local and international galleries and artists are onsite featuring a wide variety of artwork starting at just $100, highlighting World Art Dubai’s aim to provide art that is accessible and affordable to a wider community of people who are interested in contemporary art.

A testament to the momentum of the contemporary art sector is it’s almost 20% year-on-year growth, which is now valued at AED21.7 billion (€5.9 billion) according to the TEFAF Art Market Report 2015. This sector is the largest of the global fine art market and represents 48% of all fine art sales by value.

A VIP preview reception welcomed dozens of Dubai’s VIPs and influential art aficionados who had the chance to take in this year’s work of arts and enjoy a reception hosted by Coya, the Official Restaurant and VIP Preview Partner at World Art Dubai.

 A Tesla Art Car, designed and painted by world renowned artist Peter Klasen, is unveiled by HH Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum at World Art Dubai.

A number of established and emerging artists and galleries from all over the world are making their debut at the fair while many prominent names have returned for the second edition of the show including Andakaluva Gallery, Cross Borders Art Gallery, Jade Flower, Nina Torres Fine Art, Anna Dudchenko, Petra Kaltenbach, Gallery KAG, and Charles Fazzino.

As visitors browsed through the selection of art work on display, they also took part in engaging and informal conversations on a wide range of topics from information on the art market, transition to digital art, alternatives in art and a step by step approach to building an art collection.

 The Art Talks programme, presented by Digital Art Partner Microsoft, runs throughout the four-day fair as well as a Surface Digital Art Wall featured inside the Red Dot Lounge on the show floor.

Microsoft brought in Ashraf Ghori, an award-winning artist and filmmaker, CEO of Dubai-based digital design agency Xpanse CGI and Senior Digital Art Consultant for Bayyinah TV who delivered a talk on the first day about the transition to digital art.

Other highlights at the show offered both adult and children visitors a hands-on experience to unleash their creativity and to learn about the basic elements of art through educational workshops centered on the theme of ‘Breaking Cultural Boundaries through Art’.

In the outdoor area, @The Yard featured food trucks, the Canon Activity Wall and Repton School’s Urban Dubai competition as well as an area for visitors to express themselves with paint on canvas.

An Activity Wall set up by Canon, the Official Imaging Partner, gave visitors the opportunity to be part of ‘the bigger picture’ by uploading their pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #mygraffitiart. The wall then uses these pictures to make up the pixels of a larger image, allowing visitors to literally become part of a work of art.

Features running throughout the fair include painting demonstrations such as a live feet painting activation by award-winning artist, Zahirah Muthy, taking place tomorrow (Thursday) from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, and busker style musicians will be onsite daily from 5:00pm to 9:00pm to create a lively atmosphere both indoors and outdoors using various musical instruments.

Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC, said: “We are so pleased with the positive response World Art Dubai has received so far.

“The fair has grown considerably this year as we have seen an increasing interest from prominent galleries, both local and international, and we’ve also had many artists and galleries returning to showcase their work again.

We hope to continue this upward growth in the next editions of the show and to expand our programme and features in response to visitor and participant feedback.”

LohMirmand added:
“Each year we are adding something new and unique to the Dubai art scene. Our aim with every edition is to position World Art Dubai as a truly affordable art fair that is open for all and so we’re happy to see such great demand and excitement from visitors during the show’s opening day. 

The next few days of the fair are set to be busy, creative and inspiring.”

 HH Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum with artist Maisoon Al Saleh viewing her installation, A Dice of Fortune.   

World Art Dubai 2016 is supported by Microsoft as its Digital Art Partner, and hosted at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Entry to the fair is AED15 for a daily pass and tickets can be purchased onsite during the fair at the welcome desks.  Children of 16 years and under are admitted free of charge, upon showing a student ID.  More information and pre-registration is available at the website

World Art Dubai is supported by Canon as its Official Imaging Partner and Microsoft as the Digital Art Partner, Jamjar as its Creative Learning Partner, Repton School as the Official School Partner, Alpha as the Official Travel Partner, Gallerique as the Official Online Partner, designMENA as the Official Media Partner, the Emerging Artist Award as the Official Award Partner, Coya as the Official Restaurant and VIP Preview Partner, 4get-me-not as the Official CSR Partner, FedEx as the Official Courier Partner and Ripe, Contemporary Design & Craft Market Partner.

Ramona Slusarczyk / Rowan Haddad, Total Communications Dubai also photos


06.04.2016 / MaP

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