Art Dubai, the leading international art fair in the Middle East and South Asia, announced today that its ninth edition will take place March 18-21, 2015, at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Art Dubai has become a cornerstone of the region’s booming contemporary art scene, both reflecting and acting as a catalyst in its extraordinary international growth over the past decade.Art Dubai is recognised as one of the most globalised of meeting points in the art world today; the fair places an emphasis on maintaining an intimate, human scale while foregrounding quality and diversity. The fair’s 85 galleries hail from 34 countries, and together present the work of around 500 artists. Carefully selected, curated and presented through three distinct programmes – Contemporary, Modern and Marker – the galleries range from world-renowned dealers to upcoming artspaces.
In March 2014, 25,500 visitors attended the eighth edition of Art Dubai, including 70 museum groups and more than 400 curators and institutional representatives, confirming Art Dubai’s role as the meeting point in the Middle East and South Asia, and the global fair of choice for the art world.
The 2015 edition of the fair will run alongside Design Days Dubai–the world’s most diverse fair dedicated to limited collectible design–plus a myriad of other art-related events, exhibitions and cultural happenings in the UAE and across the region. Next year’s Art Dubai will also coincide with Sharjah Biennial; the 12 edition of the renowned biennial, directed by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi and curated by Eungie Joo, also opens in March 2015.
“Building on the success of a phenomenal Art Dubai 2014, we’re thrilled to be working with our partners, galleries, artists, patrons and colleagues to present the ninth edition of the fair in March 2015,” said Antonia Carver, Fair Director, Art Dubai. “Art Dubai has carved out a unique place for itself in an increasingly crowded artworld calendar and spring 2015 will be a particular time of celebration, given the strength of the programming at the fair and throughout the UAE and beyond.” An extensive survey of the visitors that attended Art Dubai 2014 reveals that Art Dubai has built up an unparalleled reputation in shedding light on the arts scenes of the region. Over half the visitors who attended this year’s fair feel that the selection of galleries presented is what differentiates Art Dubai from other fairs, with over 90% reporting high satisfaction with the quality, as well as the geographic diversity, of the galleries showcased in 2015. 95% of survey respondents felt the 2014 fair was either good or excellent, with 86% saying they would be very or extremely likely to attend the next edition. *
Art Dubai will open applications for galleries interested in participating in the 2015 fair on June 1, 2014. Applications are open to contemporary and modern art galleries established for more than two years.
Art Dubai has the largest not-for-profit programme of any such fair, worldwide. Its programming includes commissioned artists’ projects, a live radio station and cinema; A.i.R Dubai, a partnership residency programme for international and UAE-based artists; the five-day Global Art Forum, featuring over 40 speakers, plus research, publications and projects; an exhibition of works by winners of the annual Abraaj Group Art Prize; the Sheikha Manal Little Artists programme of children’s workshops and tours; and Campus Art Dubai, a year-round art school for UAE-based artists and curators. Full stream videos and documentation of the talks and sessions of the Global Art Forum 2014 , titled Meanwhile … History, are now available on the Art Dubai website (http://artdubai.ae/global-art-forum/2014/sessions).
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Alongside the gallery halls, comprising Contemporary, Modern and Marker, the fair’s extensive not-for-profit programme includes artists’ and curators' residencies; site-specific works for Art Dubai Projects, radio and film; an exhibition of works by winners of the annual The Abraaj Group Art Prize; the critically-acclaimed Global Art Forum and Campus Art Dubai—the free Saturday School for curators, artists and cultural workers living in the UAE.
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