From artists and performers to curators and collectors, March sees the who’s who of the art world descend on the UAE for Art Week in Dubai – 7 days of exhilarating exhibitions, workshops, performances and talks by household names as well as emerging ones. Follow MOJEH’s cheat sheet to help navigate your way across the madness, as we spotlight what to see and do during Dubai’s Art Week frenzy.
SIKKA ART FAIR
WHEN: 17 – 26 March
WHERE: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
WHY GO: In its eighth edition, this contemporary artist-led fair brings together the very best of emerging UAE-based and GCC talents for a 10 day programme. Think exciting art installations, interesting workshops and exhibitions, film installations as well as music performances.
DON’T MISS: Sign up for one of the 40 free workshops ranging from gypsum carving to art therapy and photography; it’ll be hard to pick just one!
ART WEEK AT ALSERKAL AVENUE
WHEN: 19 – 24 March
WHERE: Alserkal Avenue
WHY GO: With a week-long event that promises to be larger than life, this is one art week that never disappoints. 12 contemporary art galleries, a host of pop-up projects and an engaging series of Majlis talks with artists and curators – you’ll have to come back more than once to see and experience it all.
DON’T MISS: Opening night on the 19th – this is when all the galleries come to life, making for the perfect fair-going experience to kick off Dubai’s busy art calendar.
HIGHLIGHTS AT SOTHEBY’S DUBAI
WHEN: 20 – 24 March
WHERE: Dubai International Financial Centre
WHY GO: An opportunity for fans of Middle Eastern modern & contemporary art to view masterpieces by the likes of Bahman Mohasses, Sohrab Sepehri & Shakir Hassan Al Said.
DON’T MISS: On view for first time in 40 years, get a sneak peek at the one of the finest portraits by ‘Prince of Painters’ Sir Peter Paul Rubens.
WHEN: 21 – 24 March
WHERE: Madinat Jumeirah
WHY GO: With a line-up of artists from 105 galleries from across 48 countries this year’s highly anticipated Art Dubai is definitely the place to rub shoulders with the world’s best emerging artists and art professionals (all the way from Iceland to Ethiopia!). Highlights include the Global Art Forum – the region’s biggest arts conference with this year’s edition “I Am Not a Robot” exploring the power, paranoia and potentials of automation; Art Dubai Modern Symposium – a series of talks and presentations focused on the life, work and cultural impact of 20th century masters; and the Abraaj Group Art Prize.
DON’T MISS: “That feverish leap into the fierceness of life” – an exhibition of 75 paintings and works on paper by 29 artists from across 15 cities.