What to do, where to do it: A handy guide to Dubai’s Art Season

Art Dubai 2017 features a line-up of performance art. (Photo courtesy: Manuel Pelmus & Alexandra Pirici)
Updated 13 March 2017
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What to do, where to do it: A handy guide to Dubai’s Art Season

DUBAI: As the world’s art glitterati descend upon the UAE for Art Dubai, the region’s largest art fair, visitors need not worry if they miss the creative event as it is one of a stellar line-up of upcoming cultural activities.
Supported by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Art Season is set to run from March to April 2017 and will feature more than 350 events for every art lover.
Here are the highlights of this year’s creative season.
SIKKA Art Fair
Located in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood from the 11th to the 21st of March, the SIKKA Art Fair showcases the creativity of GCC artists as well as GCC-based artists from all over the globe. With visual arts, performing arts, music and film there is something for people of all ages to enjoy.
Art Dubai 2017
Art Dubai is dubbed the most global art fair in the world, according to organizers, with the 2017 edition hosting 93 galleries from 43 countries showcasing the works of more than 500 artists.
The 11th edition of Art Dubai takes place between March 15-18, 2017, at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
Design Days Dubai
Design Days Dubai is a fair dedicated to collectible furniture and objects presented by international and Middle East galleries.
The 6th edition of the fair is set to run between March 14-17 at Dubai Design District.
Dubai International Calligraphy Exhibition
The 9th edition of the bi-annual Dubai International Calligraphy Exhibition will take place at Wafi Shopping Center in Dubai and will celebrate the power and beauty of calligraphy. By offering workshops and exhibits, visitors will have opportunity to try their hand at this art form and discover its special position in Islamic heritage.
Sharjah Biennial 13
Running from March 10 – June 12, this year’s event is named “Tamawuj,” a noun in Arabic which is defined as a rising and falling in waves.
Sharjah Biennial is organized by the Sharjah Art Foundation and takes place across various venues in the in the city.


Tuwaiq Sculpture Symposium ends in Riyadh

The Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium was the first event of its kind in the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 23 March 2019
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Tuwaiq Sculpture Symposium ends in Riyadh

  • The artists thanked the authority for the successful organization of the event

RIYADH: The Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium ended on Friday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
It began in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter earlier this month, featuring the works of 23 artists from 18 different countries, and was held under the patronage of Prince Badr bin Abdullah, minister of culture and chairman of the board of directors of the General Authority of the Diplomatic Quarter.
The artists came from Albania, Italy, Serbia, Germany, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Denmark, Spain, Slovenia, England, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Fahd bin Mushayt, executive chairman of the General Authority of the Diplomatic Quarter, said: “The event’s importance lies in the diversity of nationalities taking part in it. This helped establish a suitable environment for cultural, expertise and experience exchange among some of the world’s most famous artists.
“The holding of such artistic and cultural events contributes to the promotion of expertise, the development of capabilities and the sustainability of such artistic fields,” he said, adding that the symposium was in line with the authority’s recently adopted strategy to promote international cultural dialogue and local culture.
The artists thanked the authority for the successful organization of the event.
The symposium’s three Saudi participants were Ali Al-Toukhais, his nephew Talal Altukhaes, and Mohammad Althagafi.
Altukhaes, who was an organizer as well as a participant, previously told Arab News that the goal of the symposium was to create an environment in which artists could share techniques, collaborate with one another, and promote a sense of camaraderie.
The symposium was attended by students, experts and the ambassadors of the artists’ countries.
Some visitors took part in the closing ceremony and were offered the opportunity to examine the sculptures and meet the artists.