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Live It, Love It, Buy It - The Third Edition of World Art Dubai

April 7, 2017
Eli Anapur is a pseudonym of Biljana Puric. A staff writer and editor at Widewalls, Biljana holds Master’s Degrees in Film Aesthetics from the University of Oxford, and Gender Studies from the Central European University. She has published academic articles as well as art and film reviews and criticism in New Eastern Europe, ARTMargins, the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Short Film Studies; she has also contributed illustrations for Argus Magazine.

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.

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World Art Dubai 2016 official opening

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

ExhibitorBoothCity Country
Anissa LalahoumC61ParisFrance
Anna Laura Millacci (Italy)D33Abu Dhabi (was Rome)UAE (was Italy)
Art Gallery AdrianaB42Vivian to follow upAustria
Atolye Hasan KaleB44IstanbulTurkey
Badri KananiY32TehranIran
Christin FarrA43Nidhi to adviseGermany
Creative World by HetalC34Nidhi to adviseIndia
CULTURE 3A42Nidhi to adviseFrance
Dagmar BraendleY23DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Dalia AliX13,X14AmmanJordan
Dana NaserY17DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Davidian ArtX23Ras Al KhaimahUnited Arab Emirates
Denis RibasA41Nidhi to adviseFrance
Dina NashifY26DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Elena P. KnollY35OberammergauGermany
Fouad Al EmadiY2DohaQatar
Haroun Miskinyar StudioY32Ras Al KhaimahUnited Arab Emirates
Jadis Artiste PeintreB60Nidhi to adviseFrance
Jani ViswanathD22Nidhi to adviseUnited Arab Emirates
Jasmine ArtsY16West MidlandsUnited Kingdom
Jeff C. Fine ArtD31Hong KongHong Kong
Jeff MurrayX11WiltshireUnited Kingdom
Jessica Watson-ThorpX12DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Joanne RachedY29DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Khulood Algosalbi ArtF71BeirutLebanon
Kristina SretkovaX21BerlinGermany
Luciana La MarcaA44LisieuxFrance
Luis FuentesY31ArequipaPeru
Maagaard GlassX10BoevlingbjergDenmark
Maja PoljakY18Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
Makeski ARTY33MuenchensteinSwitzerland
Mioara Corozel CherkiY25Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
Mohamed BannaF70DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Muhammad Zulfadly Bin SelamatY21SingaporeSingapore
Nissa RiyasY20Vivian to follow upIndia
Noura Ali-Al RamahiY24Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
Olivier ColinB41LeipzigGermany
Petra KaltenbachX37DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Rachel KY27Beirut?Lebanon
Rachna SinhaY28DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Raida ShahinY15AmmanJordan
Reem Ali AbdullahD74Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
Reem KhaderD11AmmanJordan
Robert Raphael ReiterA46Nidhi to adviseAustria
Rosslan LozevC32SofiaBulgaria
Sadaf FarasatX39Petaling JayaMalaysia
Sarah KhalilY30DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Sayeeda GoriawalaY15MumbaiIndia
Shuabe KhanA45Surrey?United Kingdom
Sonja CilliéB56Al AinUnited Arab Emirates
Sophie BA47BordeauxFrance
Susan BrookerX36DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Ursula MahalingamX22DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Zahra GoulamhoussenY22DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Zina Sultan HamdanY34SuisseSwitzerland
Afza Tamkanat (Tamkanat Art Gallery)A34HyderabadIndia
Almira Fine ArtD-12DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Anyahh ArtC60DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Art Gallery 10B32MumbaiIndia
Art Gallery TuranB61Paris?France
Art League IndiaB63,B64MumbaiIndia
Art Mania GalleryA-61DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Art Mudra - De International Art ExpertsA51,A55MumbaiIndia
Art Mudra - xxxxxA53MumbaiIndia
Art Mudra - xxxxx (spilt from Art League India)B62MumbaiIndia
Art Plus GalleryD21DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Artequest Ria GalleryC21DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Artzest LimitedC30LondonUnited Kingdom
Colourscene Art GroupB33DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
ContrappostoA30DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Create Hub GalleryC31DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Cross Borders Art GalleryC10DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Dubai Art FansC70,C72DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
FonounA31,A33DeiraUnited Arab Emirates
FromUA Cultural DiplomacyB23DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Galeria ContrastD66BarcelonaSpain
Galerie Numero 1B51OrsayFrance
Gallery K.A.G.B-20AnnapolisUSA
Gallery The GRACEA22Nidhi to adviseSouth Korea
Gnani Art GalleryC20SingaporeSingapore
ICAC Gallery (International Creative Art Center)A50,A52,A54MumbaiIndia
In and Out ArtA20SeoulSouth Korea
Jackson EventsB52AntonyFrance
Jade Flower GalleryA-32121-818South Korea
Japan PromotionC40,D40TokyoJapan
Junaid Sénéchal-SenekalB21FranschhoekSouth Africa
Lotus Educational InstituteD50DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
MAPS QatarD63DohaQatar
Nina Torres Fine ArtD-10MiamiUSA
Paintings For AllC63DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Rare Mandi Art GalleryA63,A64,A65MumbaiIndia
Sab's CpnnexionsB58ParisFrance
Sconci Art GalleryB-22DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Signet Contemporary ArtB54ChelseaUnited Kingdom
Silver Rock Framing GalleryD34Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
Simorgh Art InstituteC-62KarajIran
Space Namu Art GalleryA19SeoulKorea
Studio 3 Art GalleryB30,B31MumbaiIndia
Tang Feng GalleryD60.MiaoliTaiwan
The Art Cocoon GalleryC33DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
The Art HubA60MumbaiIndia
the galleRiaA35DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Trade Art GalleryB-40MilanItaly
Two M Art GalleryC11DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
Ukrainian Art AssociationA21KievUkraine

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.

Venue Map

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

Practical Information

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.

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Jani Viswanath – Midnight
Maja Poljak
Maja Poljak
Left Goran Makeski - Evolution Right Goran Makeski - Refugees
Left: Goran Makeski – Evolution / Right: Goran Makeski – Refugees
Live Painting (3)
Live Painting
Dalia Ali
Dalia Ali
Rashmi Agarwal
Rashmi Agarwal
Shreya Mehta, detail
Shreya Mehta, detail

Featured images: Live Painting; World Art Dubai 2016; exhibition view; Live Painting. All images courtesy of World Art Dubai.