Royal retreat of Windsor prepares to party for Harry, Meghan

A party atmosphere is developing in the English city of Windsor, with tens of thousands of visitors expected in the city on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding day. (AP)
Updated 11 May 2018
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Royal retreat of Windsor prepares to party for Harry, Meghan

  • Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will get married in Windsor next week.
  • Tens of thousands of visitors are expected on the couple’s wedding day on May 19.

WINDSOR: A party atmosphere is already developing in the English town of Windsor, where Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will get married next week.
The town, long known for the magnificent Windsor Castle that dominates the skyline, has been prettied up for the big event, with tens of thousands of visitors expected on the couple’s wedding day on May 19.
Fevered preparations are underway. Many roads have been repaved, street signs are being repainted, storefronts decked out with life-size cutouts of Harry and Markle, and shoppers are being lured by all kinds of souvenirs, including tattoos with a royal wedding theme.


From French to Pakistani artists, London gallery goes global at Art Dubai

Updated 20 March 2019
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From French to Pakistani artists, London gallery goes global at Art Dubai

  • The Gallery will display works from the École de Paris movement
  • Art by two modern Pakistani artists will be available for viewers too

LONDON: French and immigrant artists working in Paris in the 20th century left an indelible mark on art today — and nowhere is that more visible than at the Grosvenor Gallery booth in Art Dubai.

We may be halfway across the world, but the artists who were part and parcel of the École de Paris movement are being exhibited during the busy fair — the largest art fair in the Middle East that is set to run from March 20-23.

The London-based gallery has chosen to spotlight artists Jean-Michel Atlan (1913-1960), Dia Azzawi (b.1939), Syed Sadequain (1930-1987) and Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (b.1937).

At first glance, you might not see an obvious connection between the four artists from Algeria, Iraq, Pakistan and Iran respectively, but all honed their artistic talent in the French capital in the 1950s-80s. They brought their cultural narratives and indigenously produced aesthetics, blending them with the prevailing artistic movements of the day.

Two contemporary artists from Pakistan will also be featured: Rasheed Araeen (b.1935), a pioneer of minimalism inspired by calligraphic forms and Islamic history and a colossal figure in South Asian and Western art, and Mohammad Ali Talpur (b.1976), whose career focus has been calligraphy, abstraction and minimalism.

For Grosvenor Gallery Director Charles Moore, Art Dubai is a “must” in his busy schedule, as he explained to Arab News.

“In addition to Art Dubai itself, which is a cultural highlight, many interesting satellite events have taken root around it. The position of Dubai is fantastic because it’s so easy to get to. It doesn’t hurt that the weather is lovely either,” he said.

He is pleased that this year the Modern and Contemporary section will be shown alongside each other.

“Our stands are back to back, which should ensure more footfall with enthusiasts for both forms coming to a shared space,” he said.

Grosvenor Gallery specialises in South Asian art and Moore described the market as “buoyant,” with particularly strong demand for Indian modernists.

He expects to see a lot of interest in the Pakistani artists at the fair.

“We always find Dubai is a good place to show Pakistani works of art,” he concluded.