press release

March 17-20, 2021

Art Dubai is one of the world’s leading international art fairs. It reflects the unique qualities of the city it takes place in: future-facing, ambitiously international and culturally vibrant.

Through its concerted commitment to new discoveries, long term education initiatives and thought leadership, Art Dubai has forged a remarkable synthesis of commercial and not-for-profit platforms. A visit to Art Dubai leads to a shift in perception of where the art world is heading in the 21st century, and how art empowers these transformations.

Going into its 14th year with a new directorship structure at the helm, Art Dubai offers a unique art fair proposition of commercial and non-profit cross-disciplinary platforms, and a commitment to cultivating a culture of discovery, education and thought leadership.

With its role cemented as major catalyst in the activation of art and culture from the MENASA region, Art Dubai’s international scope is uniquely positioned to offer exciting new global perspectives and broaden conversations about art from diverse geographies often not exposed to the global art fair landscape.

Featuring four gallery sections (Contemporary, Modern, Bawwaba and Residents), the fair drives meaningful engagement with the rich cultural heritage and contemporary art practices of the region and extending to territories across what is known as “The Global South”, including South East Asia, the African continent, Latin America and Australasia.

In its role as talent incubator, Art Dubai has been the launch pad and development platform of the successful careers of artists, curators and art professionals, and we continue to celebrate art excellence through our extended fair programming, our artist Commissions and initiatives such as the Ithra Art Prize and MMAG Foundation Bawwaba Commission Award, while platforms such as Gulf Now highlight community building and promote grassroots perspectives by showcasing the Gulf’s emerging, independent, self-organised art communities. We also work very closely with our Partners in producing innovative art programming and supporting the cultural community.

Art Dubai’s mission extends to cultivating an ecosystem of not only art, but also education, mentorship and thought leadership, through programmes such as the celebrated transdisciplinary conference The Global Art Forum, Modern Talks, focused on narratives around Modernist Masters from the MENASA, and the unique mentorship platform Campus Art Dubai. Through one-of-a-kind professional platforms such as the International Curators Programme, we aim to foster cross-continental dialogue and exchange, enhancing the international curatorial landscape.

Art Dubai is part of a vibrant and dynamic local art ecology, and operates in close collaboration with institutions that are the heartbeat of artistic production in the UAE, such as the Jameel Art Center, Ishara Foundation, the Sharjah Foundation, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sheikha Salama Foundation, Tashkeel, and NYUAD among others.