If you’re a fan of art then make an aesthetically pleasing scrawl in your diary, because Dubai Art Week has returned!
At the centre of the celebration of culture is Art Dubai, a three-day event at Madinat Jumeirah that brings together works from 41 countries, across four galleries.
More than 500 artists will take part in the 13th edition of the art fest, which is open to the public from 21st-23rd March. (There’s a free preview for ladies only on Wednesday 20th, from 1pm-4pm.)
Galleries will be divided into four sections, with a new addition: Art Dubai Contemporary fills two halls with first-time exhibitors from the region and beyond. At Art Dubai Modern, visitors will see museum-quality works by 20th-century masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.
New section Bawwaba is curated by French-Cameroonian Élise Atangana and features 10 solo works by artists addressing themes of global migration, socioeconomic structures and identity.
This year, Art Dubai’s residency programme focuses on Latin America, with 12 artists from the continent’s leading galleries immersing themselves in the UAE’s culture for up to eight weeks to create new artworks.
Need a jump-start for all that creativity? On Wednesday (20th March) Art Dubai After Dark Wednesday night, online radio station NTS Radio presents weird and wonderful music from around the world with broadcaster Zezi Ifore and DJ Nabihah Iqbal. Find them on Madinat Jumeirah’s Fort Island from 9.30pm-1.30am.
Need to know – traffic gets hectic, but there are parking spaces and shuttles to the fair running from the nearby Dubai Police Academy.
Art Dubai. 21st-23rd March. Online day tickets from AED 60, three-day pass from AED 100. Under 18s and students go free. Fort Island, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. For timings and to buy tickets, go to www.artdubai.ae