Explore Dubai’s Flourishing Art Scene – Art & Culture Trip to Dubai
With a significant rise in the opening of art galleries, events, exhibitions displaying paints, sculptures and digital projects, Dubai has incredibly become the cultural and artistic hot-spot. Dubai is famous for luxurious shopping malls, hotels, Gold, tall buildings but now Dubai has been recognized as renowned cultural and art destination.
Dubai is welcoming artists and art collectors from all over the world to come here and display their skills or collect the best art piece in the affordable range. The location of Dubai has played an important role in becoming the major Art & cultural hub of the world. As Dubai lies at the intersection of East & West, therefore it is perfect for the amalgamation of all artist from different nationalities to showcase their works and connect with art lovers or art collectors from all cultures. People travel especially to Dubai for collecting artworks or display their works. As it is always a misconception that Art is only for Elite, but it is proved wrong by Dubai. Here you can find all range of affordable and elite artworks from renowned artists. Also, Dubai is turning vibrant and colorful as lots of street art with funky Graffiti and murals are visible in many public spaces or on buildings.
Let’s Explore Dubai’s Flourishing Art Scene and take an Art & Culture trip to Dubai.
The oldest art gallery of Dubai is Al Majlis Gallery located in Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood. After many years, various private & non-private galleries sprung all over in Dubai. Dubai has specific areas dedicated to artists and designers from all fields. The main locations where you can find art in Dubai are Dubai Design District (also known as D3) – D3 is considered as home to creative thinkers. D3 is the perfect destination for design, art & culture and D3 has its own rhythm, spirits, and beats.
Al Quoz – a vibrant place with full of art galleries and exhibition centers. Alserkal Avenue is famous for art events.
Art galleries in Dubai are open throughout the year with a great display of artworks. The famous annual art events which are worth visiting are –
Sikka Art Fair – This annual fair is organized by Art week which takes place in March. Art week conducts 500+ cultural activities throughout Dubai at about 140 locations which include commercial galleries, hotels, outdoors and universities. Sikka Art fair showcases traditional works of Emirati UAE & GCC based artists.
It is held in the premises of Al Fahidi Historic Fort neighborhood. You would love to take a walk along the narrow alley of the historic fort to appreciate the exhibited artworks which depict the rich Islamic art. Not only visual arts but all forms of art like film screenings, music nights, poetry nights and talk also forms a vital part of this fair.
ENTRANCE – FREE
PARKING – Many Public Parking Slots BESIDES THE FORT. Also, you can reach through metro or taxis.
3D Art by Dubai Canvas – This unique art festival curated by Dubai Canvas takes place every year in the first week of March. It is held over a public place generally at City Walk – Jumeirah Beach, Dubai. Famous 3D artists from all over the world participate in this event and display their skills of 3d art. 3D art takes you to an amazing world of imagination and is worth visiting if you are traveling to Dubai in March.
ENTRANCE FEE – No Tickets required. You can stroll around without paying anything.
World Art Dubai – A 4-day Annual Art Fair which displays 4000+ artworks and attracts 10,000+ visitors every year. Artworks from 300+ participating artists include paintings, sculptures, prints, and photography. This world-class gallery offers art within all range. Starting from $100 onwards to the maximum range, it is the place for all. In-house and international artists take part in the exhibition. The event will start from 18th April 2018 to 21st April 2018. I am eagerly waiting to attend this event this year.
ENTRANCE – Tickets can be purchased online or onsite. It is about 20AED approximately per person. Cameras are allowed inside. Lots of Parking slots are available. Food and Beverages are available at the event.
Lot of tourists travel to Dubai for World Art Dubai. This 4-day Annual Art event offers many creative workshops, live paintings and talk to artist options.
Dubai Design Week – An Annual event which takes place around 3rd or 4th week of March, This event provides a platform for the trader to discover and explore art and designs from all over the world. There are many art and design workshops, educational talk shows, programs on designs in this event.
ENTRANCE – Check on their official website for venue and entry details.
Art & Culture Art Galleries (they are held all year round) – Most of the art galleries are located in 3 main locations which are known as Art Hub of Dubai
Al Fahidi Historic neighborhood
Apart from big annual art events, these galleries run exhibitions throughout the whole year. Artists and Art Lovers from all over the world flock here. ENTRANCE – Either by Invitation or Walk-In (Depends upon the type of Art Show)
This year I also participated as an artist at Art Hub in D3. Glimpses of Art exhibition in which, I took part as an artist.
TIPS FOR ARTISTS/THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING AS AN ARTIST
- Check the deadline for the famous art events and apply all your documents. The process is very easy for submitting the artwork.
- Arts works from all nationalities and concepts are accepted unless it is unethical or objectionable.
- Participation cost depends on the size of artwork. Generally, it is sold by per meter.
- After all, approvals, plan a trip to Dubai.
TIPS FOR VISITORS
- Check the entrance fees and deals with them beforehand
- Most of the public events are walk-in and require no ticket.
- Generally, formal dressing and evening dresses are allowed on these type of events
- Before taking a photo of artwork, ask the authorities or artist.
- Appreciate the artwork, as you get the time to talk with artists present there.
Therefore, this time explore Dubai ’s flourishing art scene – Art & Culture Trip to Dubai. Appreciate art during your trip to Dubai because as per Pablo Picasso “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
If you are Dubai then check this food tours. Also, there are nearby weekend getaways where you can go and relax. Dubai has a variety of stunning beaches like La Mer and JBR Beach which you must also visit during your Dubai trip.
So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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