Following a landmark debut year for the recently established division, The Cultural Office of H.H Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced its first appearance at the eighth edition of Art Dubai, which takes place 19-22 March 2014, at Madinat Jumeirah.
Launched in June 2013, The Cultural Office was established by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, UAE; to serve as the official platform to develop and activate substantial art movements as milestones within the region.
At Art Dubai, The Cultural Office will showcase the many existing art related projects, organised and managed under their new authority as well as introduce new programs.
Muna Bin Kalli, Director of The Cultural Office, said, “We are pleased to participate, for the fifth consecutive year, at Art Dubai 2014. This year’s presence holds special importance for us as it also marks our debut attendance as The Cultural Office. Guided by our wise leadership, the UAE has consistently recognised the role of arts and culture in our society; and we are pleased to be a part of Art Dubai – which is a pioneer event of contemporary art in our region and the Middle East – to highlight the importance of sustainable support for emerging artists as they forge successful careers with the region.”
Visitors can look forward to learn about the three official projects of The Cultural Office: The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award, The Sheikha Manal Art Exchange Program, The Sheikha Manal Little Artist Program. While each project approaches the subject different, it clearly reflects TCO’s core commitment towards identifying and developing the next generation of artists.
The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award is an annual visual art competition which aims to encourage, recognize and promote emerging artists from the UAE. The award is popular amongst university students majoring in Art, Design and Multimedia. Winning artworks from The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award 2013 will be on display at Art Dubai.
The Sheikha Manal Art Exchange Program is an intensive learning and mentoring experience that seeks to strengthen the role of UAE women in art and open new vistas for talented young women through strategic exchange of experience and expertise with globally renowned art and academic institutions. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the next edition of the Program and guidance on application and qualification process.
The Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program combines interactive play, tours and art education in the hope of piquing children’s interest in creating, experiencing and enjoying art and to cultivate their passion. It was launched at Art Dubai 2013 and is part of the extensive not-for-profit arm of the fair. This year, The Sheikha Manal Little Artist Program will feature four workshops with Dylan Martorell and local artists, incorporating elements of upcycling, DIY culture, and sustainability.
The eighth edition of Art Dubai takes place March 19-22, 2014, at Madinat Jumeirah. Besides the gallery halls, the fair’s extensive programme includes commissioned projects and performances, artists’ and curators’ residencies, radio and film, an exhibition of new works by winners of the annual The Abraaj Group Art Prize and the critically acclaimed Global Art Forum.
Art Dubai is part of Art Week, an umbrella initiative that highlights the plethora of exhibitions, projects and events that now coincide with the fair each March, the most dynamic time in the UAE’s cultural calendar. Special events include Design Days Dubai, the only fair in Asia dedicated to product and furniture design; Sikka, the fair run by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and dedicated to new work by UAE-based artists; and Galleries Nights, featuring 40 new exhibitions across Al Quoz and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC); plus other projects, museum shows and major events throughout the Emirates, Qatar and the Gulf.
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