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The Gallerina Approved Guide for Dubai Art Week
Recommended by the art world IT-girls, collectors and art addicts in town
Art Girls Jungle 14 Mar 2019

When art week kicks off in the Emirates, it helps to have an art-inspired plan for your stay. Prepare yourself first and thank us later.
When Dubai Art Week kicks off, a well-rounded plan for your stay is a must. When there is much to see and experience in Dubai – and beyond – during the opening not just of Art Dubai – but also the Sharjah Biennial close-by – a handy little insider’s guide will be helpful for your arty needs, as well for those well deserved moments of rest and relaxation between schmoozing and gallery hopping. And gorgeous, we got your back!
Recommended by the art world IT-girls, collectors and art addicts in town, TheArtGorgeous presents you a gallery girl approved insiders guide.
 
THE FAIRS…
Obviously, Art Dubai is a must. Bringing together over 90 galleries from more than 40 countries, the fair will be divided across four sections, including the new UAE NOW segment, exploring local and independent artist-run platforms, bringing to the fore the important contribution of grassroots platforms.


 
Interested in local and emerging artists? Visit the SIKKA Art Fair. Built around artist-led practices initiatives and discourse, it runs a diverse programme of events including exhibitions, installations, live music from local musicians, film and workshops.

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Sikka Art Fair ???? Sikka Art Fair is held every year in Al Fahidi historical neighborhood, the traditional barajeel and the wind towers of the coral stone houses can be seen there. Sikka Art Fair was created to support and showcase Emirati artists as well as up-and-coming artists based throughout the region, also it runs a diverse program of events for all the community to enjoy including fascinating art exhibitions, inspiring installations, live music from local musicians, thought-provoking film, interactive workshops and more. On the 16th of march sikka19 will start till 24th of march you should visit it. يقام معرض سكة للفنون سنويا في حي الفهيدي التاريخي ، البراجيل التقليدي وأبراج الرياح من المنازل الحجرية المرجانية يمكن رؤيتها هناك. تم إنشاء المعرض الفني لدعم وعرض الفنانين الإماراتيين والفنانين الواعدين في جميع أنحاء المنطقة ، كما أنه يدير برنامجًا متنوعًا من الفعاليات لجميع أفراد المجتمع للاستمتاع بما في ذلك المعارض الفنية الرائعة والمنشآت الملهمة والموسيقى الحية من الموسيقيين المحليين والفيلم المثير للتفكير وورش العمل التفاعلية وأكثر من ذلك. في السادس عشر من مارس سكة 19 سيبدأ حتى 24 من مارس يجب عليك زيارته. Follow @dubaiartseason @dubaiculture #sikka #sikka18 #sikka19 #sikkaartfair #dubai #creative #culture #art #dubaiartseason #1creative_spot #سكة #دبي #تراث #فن

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Just a taxi ride away, the Sharjah Biennial is showcasing three unique exhibitions curated by Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons. Now in its 14thedition, the 2019 Biennial – called “Leaving the Echo Chamber” – is based on the concept of the space wherein sound hits and reverberates, where memory and imagination echo across surface, space and time.
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And, if books are more your thing, the Fully Booked Art Book Fair is a unique and curated international platform for creative publications and artists’ books from or of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.


 
 
THE GALLERY SHOWS AND SIGHTS TO TOP UP ON…
Alserkal Avenue cannot be missed. Spread across 50,000 square feet, the cultural district hosts a vibrant community of visual arts spaces, including some of the regions top galleries – Lawrie Shabibi, The Third Line and Leila Heller to name just a few.

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Need a ride to #QuozArtsFest2019? We’ve got a few transportation options for you: – Use the code ‘QuozArtsFest’ and get 30% off two @Careem rides. – Look out for the #QuozArtsFest branded shuttle buses outside Noor Bank metro station. Timings: Hourly from 10AM – 9PM from Noor Bank metro station to Alserkal Avenue 1.30PM, 3.30PM, 7.30PM, 10PM from Alserkal Avenue to Noor Bank Metro Station – Taking your car? The Avenue will be pedestrianised throughout the weekend, but there are plenty of RTA parking spots available on Street 6A. Dates: 25 & 26 January Time: 10 AM – 10PM Quoz Arts Fest is free and open to all. Festival supporter: @swypuae Media partners: @selectionsarts @artkentro @harpersbazaarart @berlinartlink @khaleejtimes @youngtimes.kt #alserkalavenue #quozartsfest2019 #dubai

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Within Alserkal, be sure to check out Concrete, the first building in the UAE to be completed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) founded by Rem Koolhaas. During Art Week, Fabric(ated) Fractures will explore “sensitive spaces” that challenge ideas of nation, state and territory through the work of Bangladeshi, South Asian and Southeast Asian artists. The exhibition, a collaboration between the Samdani Art Foundation and Alserkal, runs until 23 March 2019.
Fabric(ated) Fractures installation view_Photography by Musthafa Aboobacker8
Fabric(ated) Fractures announcement_image courtesy Alserkal Avenue, credit Dan Weill
 
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The Jameel Art Centre openedin November 2018 and has just opened three new artist rooms: Farah Al Qasimi, Hemali Bhuta, Seher Shah and Randhir Singh. In addition, the Centre’s inaugural exhibition Crude – which examines the oil industry’s impact on Middle Eastern society – remains open until 30thMarch 2019.

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#artistsrooms | Opening next week: New York- and Dubai-based artist Farah Al Qasimi (@frequentlyaskedquestion) solo exhibition presenting works spanning the last four years.⁣ ⁣ Moving from the intimacy of domestic interiors to lively, colourful public spaces of leisure and consumption, the photographs on display present a personal, fractured and hallucinatory portrait of life in the UAE.⁣ ⁣ The new Artist’s Rooms which also include solo exhibitions by Hemali Bhuta (@hemalibhuta) and the duo of Seher Shah (@s_e_h_e_r_s) and Randhir Singh (@_randhirsingh) open to the public on Thursday, March 7, and run through until June 8, 2019.⁣ ⁣ Mark your calendars to see the incredible works by these artists.⁣ ⁣ Image: Farah Al Qasimi; M Napping on Carpet, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and @thethirdlinedxb.⁣⠀⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #jameelartscentre #artjameel #dubai #uae #contemporaryart #artcentre #hemalibhuta #farahalqasimi #sehershah #randhirsingh #mydubai #visitdubai⁣⁣

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#jameelartscentrebynumbers | Did you know Hassan Sharif's 'Slippers and Wire' installation includes 300 slippers?⠀ ⠀ On display at #jameelartscentre 'Crude' exhibition, the late Sharif began to use cheap, mass-produced consumer goods, mainly made from plastic and rubber, purchased in bulk from local bazaars and wholesale shops. The installation can be understood as a wry monument to the growing ubiquity of petro-derivatives, and a critique of the rampant consumerism in Gulf societies brought on by sudden oil wealth. On loan to ‘Crude’ from the collection of (and with thanks to) @sharjahart Photo credit: Jalal Abuthina (@lazyretina) #artjameel #hassansharif #crude #crudeartists #uae #dubai

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Be sure to also check out DIFC, Dubai’s financial district, which is also home to a number of galleries and foundations, as well as Sotheby’sand Christie’s– which is holding its Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art Sale at the end of Art Week.


 
And, if film’s your thing, be sure to swing by Cinema Akil. Launched in 2014 as a nomadic cinema, the independent platform opened in Alserkal Avenue in September 2018, making it the GCC’s first arthouse cinema. Not only does it show great films, but it also serves authentic chai through its café Project Chaiwala, inspired by tea culture from karak stops in Bur Dubai to clay kulhar cups in Delhi markets.


 
 
TAKE A TRIP TO ABU DHABI!
A little over an hour’s drive away from Dubai, if you have the time, it is well worth making the journey to the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Of course there is the Louvre, but you should also stop by Bait 15and Warehouse421
Bait 15 – an artist run studio and exhibition space based in a residential area of downtown Abu Dhabi – houses individual studio spaces in a villa house, with a small library collection and open space for exhibitions and events.


 
Meanwhile, at Warehouse421,new exhibition Nomadic Traces: Journeys of Arabian Scripts explores the role that scripts have played in defining and preserving the cultural identity of past and present civilisations, and on the migrational and transformative nature of writing, and its ability to freely cross borders and cultures.


 
 
BUT WHAT ABOUT FOOD WE HERE YOU CRY?
Located by the Dubai Opera, Kizmet serves Instagram friendly food from a menu that offers a little bit of everything. They also have a cocktail list of drinks with cool names like Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee.


 
In DIFC, you should eat at Gaia, a chic new Greek restaurant that just opened by the owner of Cipriani– another restaurant worth eating at in DIFC, especially if Italian is more your thing. Also in walking distance is Morimoto, a Japanese restaurant situated in the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, with the best sushi in town.


 
If looking for a bite to eat at Alserkal, you should get your coffee from Night Jar. There’s also Wild and the Moon, a complete organic and vegan restaurant with great juices, smoothies and super bowls.


 
In Jumeirah, stop by Society Café, which uses locally sourced produce to deliver gourmet cuisine in a casual environment. Another hidden gem is 3 Fils, which just anchored down in the old fishing village to offer the best tuna in town.
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OK, THAT’S GREAT, IS THERE ANYONE I SHOULD BE FOLLOWING ON INSTAGRAM?
Be sure to be following designer and influencer Alaa Balkhy (@alaa_balkhy), always impeccably dressed and in attendance of the best parties, her Instagram feed will keep all art lovers on their toes.


 
Rebecca Ann Proctor (@rebeccaanneproctor), is an Instagram must. The editor of Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, she has the inside scoop to all things art before anyone else.


 
London-based Gallery Girl – aka Lizzy Vartanian Collier (@gallerygirlldn) – is often in the region, with her work focusing on Middle Eastern art, her stories will be sure to capture the highlights of Art Week.


 
The founder of @mideastart Suzy Sikorsky should also be on your “to follow list”, a junior specialist at Christie’s Dubai, Suzy is always the first to Instagram anything and everything that comes into the category “Art and the UAE.”


 
This list wouldn’t be complete without Darah Ghanem (@darahgram), founder of Halo Zine. This year, Darah has collaborated with the travelling sketchbook Daftar Asfar to celebrate emerging artists from the region. The result will be on display at Art Dubai, so Darah will definitely be keeping all her followers updated.
 
Images via @cultured_mag, @sheseesart

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