What Not To Miss!
Visting world art dubai this weekend? Here’s what you don’t want to miss!
World Art Dubai, the region’s largest accessible and affordable art fair, is officially underway! If you’re planning to head down to the fair this weekend, here’s a few highlights to help you make the most of your trip.
World Art Dubai’s weekend schedule is jam-packed with exciting programmes for art fans of all ages. If you want to encourage your children to embrace their artistic side, the Wind Catcher for Kids session by Valentina Alexeevna is a great place to start. On Friday afternoon at 2:30pm, the Moscow-born fine artist will entertain little ones with a fun and educational workshop focusing on the Japanese Kawaii culture. Kids even get take home pieces to show their friends.
While the kids are busy, parents can catch a number of art performances taking place every hour, on the hour, across the venue. Performances are being kept a secret, so keep your eyes peeled if you do manage to catch one and share with moment on Instagram – tag us in at @worldartdubai and let us know what you think!
If watching others perform isn’t your bag, you can join the daily Nikon Photowalk from 6pm-8pm and be guided through the fair by one of four talented content creators. Not only will you get to see the fair through different lens, you’ll pick up skills that will develop your inner photographer. You could even be in with the chance to win a Nikon D3500!
For those visitors who want to experience the 3,000-plus artworks through their own eyes rather than a lens, sign up for a Curated Art Tours, running daily between 4pm-6pm, with one of our designated curators: Batool Jafri and Zaahirah Muthy. These expert curators double-up as artists themselves and can offer a comprehensive and educational look at the fair, ensuring you pick up all the knowledge to guide your purchasing.
Additionally, Petra Kaltenbach and Samar Kamel are also offering their curation skills to the show and will be on hand to offer tips on buying art throughout.
On Thursday (4 April) and Saturday (6 April), we’ll be celebrating talent right across the art industry with three sets of awards aimed at very different artist groups.
Covering the younger generation, the Sustainable Art School Competition, which is hosted on Thursday (4 April), has seen leading schools across Dubai and Abu Dhabi host in-school competitions where students submit art under the theme of sustainability. Each school has already selected its winner and runner-up entries for final judging at the fair.
Moving on to emerging artists, the heartbeat of the show, the Rove Emerging Artists Exhibition will honour budding UAE-based artists selected from a huge number of entries for artwork created in-line with the theme: ‘My Culture. My Community. My Neighbourhood.’ Catch the ceremony on Saturday (6 April) at World Art Dubai.
And finally, the World Art Dubai Awards return this year with four categories: the Emerging Artist Award, the WAD Gallery Award, the WAD Artist Award and the Outstanding Artist Award. Join us to honour the winners of these categories from 1pm-3pm on Saturday (6 April). And remember, the artists selected are all exhibiting at the fair, so you can pick up one of their pieces on the day!
Visitors looking to take part in any of World Art Dubai’s interactive workshops and talks must register. Go to www.worldartdubai.com/whats-on-at-wad to see a full schedule of events.
Entry to World Art Dubai is AED25 for a daily pass when purchased on site at DWTC’s Sheikh Saeed Halls 2 and 3. The show is open daily until the final curtain falls at 9pm on Saturday 6 April.