Live It, Love It, Buy It - The Third Edition of World Art Dubai
Art world is changing. With half of all global affordable art transactions being concluded below the $1200 mark, art is no longer a prerogative of the wealthy. World Art Dubai joins in these changes, providing a unique space for art lovers, collectors, professionals in the field, artists, and galleries to interact, look, and buy artworks. With the upward trend of the affordable art sector, World Art Dubai is here to fill the gap in the regional market for quality pieces at every price point, from $100 to $20,000.
Returning for its third edition, the fair will have a strong feature of contemporary Islamic art and artists, along with the carefully selected global creatives and galleries. Being a part of the Dubai Art Season, the event is supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. This year’s edition will showcase an impressive collection of over 3,000 prints, sculptures, paintings, and photographs in over 9,000 sqm of exhibition space. It will include some new and returning segments, dedicated spaces for galleries, and solo and group shows displaying arts from all over the world. Country pavilions from Europe, Japan, Ukraine and the USA will be accompanied with over 35 international galleries that represent 120 emerging and established talents.
Global Trends and World Art Dubai
A report released this month by the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) Art Market shows that global art sales have increased to $45 billion, further stating that market is experiencing a stable and positive growth. Among the players on the market, art fairs, both global and local has been singled out as the main ones, which contribute greatly to this trend. Auction data results show that affordable art is weighing heavily in the global profit share from auctions, while fairs sales currently generate $8.7 billion of global gallery sales.
The mission of World Art Dubai within this context is to bridge the gap in the Middle East and UAE market dedicated to affordable arts, and to complement the existing scene in the city. Being one of the several fairs happening each year in Dubai, World Art fair contributes to the growing prominence of the city as the leading cultural and artistic hub. Private collectors, corporate dealers, curators, museum directors, interior designers, and general public will have their foray in purchasing original artworks, and scouting for distinct pieces and talents.
List of Exhibitors
|Anna Laura Millacci (Italy)||D33||Abu Dhabi (was Rome)||UAE (was Italy)|
|Art Gallery Adriana||B42||Vivian to follow up||Austria|
|Atolye Hasan Kale||B44||Istanbul||Turkey|
|Christin Farr||A43||Nidhi to advise||Germany|
|Creative World by Hetal||C34||Nidhi to advise||India|
|CULTURE 3||A42||Nidhi to advise||France|
|Dagmar Braendle||Y23||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Dana Naser||Y17||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Davidian Art||X23||Ras Al Khaimah||United Arab Emirates|
|Denis Ribas||A41||Nidhi to advise||France|
|Dina Nashif||Y26||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Elena P. Knoll||Y35||Oberammergau||Germany|
|Fouad Al Emadi||Y2||Doha||Qatar|
|Haroun Miskinyar Studio||Y32||Ras Al Khaimah||United Arab Emirates|
|Jadis Artiste Peintre||B60||Nidhi to advise||France|
|Jani Viswanath||D22||Nidhi to advise||United Arab Emirates|
|Jasmine Arts||Y16||West Midlands||United Kingdom|
|Jeff C. Fine Art||D31||Hong Kong||Hong Kong|
|Jeff Murray||X11||Wiltshire||United Kingdom|
|Jessica Watson-Thorp||X12||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Joanne Rached||Y29||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Khulood Algosalbi Art||F71||Beirut||Lebanon|
|Luciana La Marca||A44||Lisieux||France|
|Maja Poljak||Y18||Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates|
|Mioara Corozel Cherki||Y25||Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates|
|Mohamed Banna||F70||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Muhammad Zulfadly Bin Selamat||Y21||Singapore||Singapore|
|Nissa Riyas||Y20||Vivian to follow up||India|
|Noura Ali-Al Ramahi||Y24||Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates|
|Petra Kaltenbach||X37||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Rachna Sinha||Y28||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Reem Ali Abdullah||D74||Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates|
|Robert Raphael Reiter||A46||Nidhi to advise||Austria|
|Sadaf Farasat||X39||Petaling Jaya||Malaysia|
|Sarah Khalil||Y30||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Shuabe Khan||A45||Surrey?||United Kingdom|
|Sonja Cillié||B56||Al Ain||United Arab Emirates|
|Susan Brooker||X36||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Ursula Mahalingam||X22||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Zahra Goulamhoussen||Y22||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Zina Sultan Hamdan||Y34||Suisse||Switzerland|
|Afza Tamkanat (Tamkanat Art Gallery)||A34||Hyderabad||India|
|Almira Fine Art||D-12||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Anyahh Art||C60||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Art Gallery 10||B32||Mumbai||India|
|Art Gallery Turan||B61||Paris?||France|
|Art League India||B63,B64||Mumbai||India|
|Art Mania Gallery||A-61||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Art Mudra - De International Art Experts||A51,A55||Mumbai||India|
|Art Mudra - xxxxx||A53||Mumbai||India|
|Art Mudra - xxxxx (spilt from Art League India)||B62||Mumbai||India|
|Art Plus Gallery||D21||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Artequest Ria Gallery||C21||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Artzest Limited||C30||London||United Kingdom|
|Colourscene Art Group||B33||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Contrapposto||A30||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Create Hub Gallery||C31||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Cross Borders Art Gallery||C10||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Dubai Art Fans||C70,C72||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Fonoun||A31,A33||Deira||United Arab Emirates|
|FromUA Cultural Diplomacy||B23||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Galerie Numero 1||B51||Orsay||France|
|Gallery The GRACE||A22||Nidhi to advise||South Korea|
|Gnani Art Gallery||C20||Singapore||Singapore|
|ICAC Gallery (International Creative Art Center)||A50,A52,A54||Mumbai||India|
|In and Out Art||A20||Seoul||South Korea|
|Jade Flower Gallery||A-32||121-818||South Korea|
|Junaid Sénéchal-Senekal||B21||Franschhoek||South Africa|
|Lotus Educational Institute||D50||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Nina Torres Fine Art||D-10||Miami||USA|
|Paintings For All||C63||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Rare Mandi Art Gallery||A63,A64,A65||Mumbai||India|
|Sconci Art Gallery||B-22||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Signet Contemporary Art||B54||Chelsea||United Kingdom|
|Silver Rock Framing Gallery||D34||Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates|
|Simorgh Art Institute||C-62||Karaj||Iran|
|Space Namu Art Gallery||A19||Seoul||Korea|
|Studio 3 Art Gallery||B30,B31||Mumbai||India|
|Tang Feng Gallery||D60.||Miaoli||Taiwan|
|The Art Cocoon Gallery||C33||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|The Art Hub||A60||Mumbai||India|
|the galleRia||A35||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Trade Art Gallery||B-40||Milan||Italy|
|Two M Art Gallery||C11||Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|Ukrainian Art Association||A21||Kiev||Ukraine|
Highlights of the Fair
Exhibition Islam is among the 2017 highlights, and will include works from creatives who have roots in the Middle East, and who draw inspiration from their own traditions. The selected creatives use artistic traditions from the region and incorporate their techniques, styles, and imagery into the contemporary frameworks. They build novel, creative and inspirational links between the present, past, and the future. Exhibition Islam follows the current trends that show increased and substantial interest in Islamic Art, as reported by TEFAF Art Market, and focuses on creatives from Iran and the Arab World.
Among the solo shows, the one by the renowned Egyptian artist Mohamed El Banna stands out. He will showcase his work inspired by Islamic calligraphy. Commenting on the growth of interest in Islamic art, he notes that the market has been welcoming the creatives who use diverse range of Islamic cultural traditions, recognizing their investment potential. The Islamic art is also moving into novel directions as its novel visions are created daily.
Another event is among the highlights of this year’s edition – the Wearable Art Fashion Show. The show is happening this year for the first time, and will give the viewers an opportunity to enjoy in creative efforts of the region’s top fashion students.
Other events include Live Painting, Installation Park, the Creative Learning Workshops offering a range of arts and crafts master classes, Art Talks and the Ripe Contemporary Design & Craft Market. Art for Every Wall, a hugely popular segment, returns also with its selection of artworks with prices below AED 3,000.
The Yard, Mawaheb Partnership and the World Art Dubai Awards
An outdoor area of the fair – the Yard – which is part of the Dubai event since the beginning, will host Art Installation Zone, where artists will have live artistic demonstrations engaging the space that surrounds them, and a Ripe Market pop-up, an area dedicated to crafters and the selling of their hand-crafted jewellery, and other goods.
New feature of the event is also the World Art Dubai Awards ceremony that will recognize talents in four categories – International Artist, Local Artist, and Special Needs. Special Needs award reflects the partnership with Mawaheb from Beautiful People, a progressive artistic studio for adults with special needs. The creatives represented by Mawaheb will have an opportunity to exhibit their works and host daily workshops and talks in The Blah Blah Lounge, a forum for talk on the art themes that will run through the four-day event.
It is often challenging for learning-impaired artists to exhibit their works and participate in art events, which makes the partnership between Mawaheb and World Art Dubai even more significant. The partnership will give the artists an opportunity to develop their confidence and skills in a safe environment, and will also bring them in touch with regional and global audiences. They will be recognized for their talent, rather than their disability – concludes Wemmy de Maaker, a Managing Director of Mawaheb.
Location of World Art Dubai
World Art Dubai is hosted at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It opens on April 12, and runs until April 15, 2017. Opening hours are as follows: Wednesday 12 April from 6pm – 9pm; Thursday 13 April, 2pm – 9pm; Friday 14 April, 2pm – 9pm, and Saturday 15 April from 2pm – 9pm. Daily tickets can be purchased on site or online, on the link here. Prices are 15 AED for each day if bought online, or 20 AED if bought at the door. For any additional info please visit the official webpage of the fair.
Featured images: Live Painting; World Art Dubai 2016; exhibition view; Live Painting. All images courtesy of World Art Dubai.