It was my first visit to Art Dubai, which was presenting its 12th edition. 105 Galleries from 48 countries participate in this fair. The underlying motivation is uncovering diversity and presenting this to a globally diverse audience. It is the world’s most globally diverse art fair. Keen to be recognised as a platform for discovery, I spent two days exploring.
With multiple events happening around the Madinat Jumeirah, Art Dubai had something to offer everyone, from children at the 6th edition of the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program to serious collectors at Art Dubai Contemporary with 78 galleries from 42 countries in one hall.
Residents was the newest addition to Art Dubai which saw 11 international artists come to the UAE for a 4-8 week residency, producing work which was presented at this new section at the fair. There was a lot more going on, but these were the highlights for me. One in particular, Reframe Saudi, I covered in a separate blog post.
So in just two days, I immersed myself in the offering from Art Dubai. I met the most interesting people, saw incredible artwork and experienced a really positive and infectious energy. This region is becoming more and more important on the art and design scene, and if I was you, I would start paying attention.
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