STREETCON, the Urban Art Festival

It's finally here...STREETCON (Street Art Connection) kicks off today and runs until 2 May at Al Ghurair Centre. The urban art festival will bring together art, music and street culture, with over 20 local and international artists involved.

Among the many activities and art installations on offer are regular workshops with Dubai-based street art collective, The Brownmonkeys; a mural wall created by artist Tarsila Schubert; an exhibition of bicycles transformed into artworks; and a moving display of photographs documenting the stray cats of Dubai by artist Jandri Angelo Aguilar.

Not to be missed - Capsule Arts artist Matt Ryder will also be doing some live painting, creating an incredible paint splattered, UV-lit Neon Room! You can see more work by Matt and buy art prints of his work here.

For the full round of events click here, and for regular updates, visit the Facebook event page.

street con
street con
 

Khalid Mezaina launches new zine 'fade away & illustrate

We can't wait to see CA artist Khalid Mezaina's new illustration zine, 'fade away & illustrate'! The zine launches tonight, 19 March from 7.30pm, at Sikka Art Fair 2015, in an event hosted by thedesign house no. 28 in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Zines will be on sale at the launch and for the duration of the fair (14-24 march) for just AED30. We work with Khalid for our limited edition print collection and you can buy prints of his art here.

Speaking about his new zine, Khalid says:

"After hosting a series of zine workshops over the last couple of years, I've been inspired to publish a self-initiated illustration zine titled 'fade away & illustrate'. It was a challenging process, but I'm glad to say that the zines are finally fresh off the press and ready to be shared to the world. 

'fade away & illustrate' is an attempt at gathering some of the best illustrators around town and sharing their work to the masses. Each issue a group of illustrators are asked to respond to a theme, the first issue being 'introductions'. And what better way then to introduce these talented artists but through their awesome drawings?

The title 'fade away & illustrate' is inspired by blondie (one of my favorite bands in existence) and their song 'fade away & radiate'."

Fade Away & Illustrate LAUNCH evite
Fade Away & Illustrate LAUNCH evite
 

The artists making Arabic calligraphy their own

Tonight from 7pm, a new exhibition of Tunisian-French street artist eL Seed opens at Tashkeel studio hub, showcasing the results of his year-long residency at the creative space. Titled 'Declaration', the exhibition will run until 27 December, and it sees eL Seed take his Arabic calli-graffiti off the walls and into three-dimensions. Talking to Anna Seaman for her recent article for the National, eL Seed says, “This show is a love declaration to calligraphy...It is an ageing art and it deserves to be honoured – this poem perfectly matches that idea.”

Ahead of the opening, here we take a look at some of Capsule Arts' favourite artists creating contemporary Arabic calligraphy, both two and three dimensional...

eL Seed

elseed combo
elseed combo

Jamal Abdul Rahim

Limited edition prints of Jamal's work are available from Capsule Arts here.

Jamalcombo
Jamalcombo
shezad combo
shezad combo

Khalifa El Shimy

khal
khal
sasan combo
sasan combo
julian combo
julian combo
saleh combo
saleh combo
ghader amer combo
ghader amer combo