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.

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Salero Tapas & Bodega

When working on artwork for the latest Spanish restaurant in Dubai - Salero Tapas & Bodega in the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, artist Ruben Sanchez was our first choice as the essence of the restaurant was so in tune with Sanchez's style and narrative of work. Working directly onto the walls within the restaurant, here's a picture diary of the artist at work capturing the energy and joy of Spanish life through his illustrative large scale drawings.

Artist Ruben Sanchez painting onsite at Salero
Artist Ruben Sanchez painting onsite at Salero
Artist Ruben Sanchez painting onsite at Salero
Artist Ruben Sanchez painting onsite at Salero
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Artist Ruben Sanchez painting onsite at Salero
Artist Ruben Sanchez painting onsite at Salero
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Salero Tapas & Bodega at Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, Dubai
Salero Tapas & Bodega at Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Photos are courtesy of Spanish filmmaker and photographer Edu Munoz

 

#CAMural

In the lead up to the launch of Capsule Arts Studio, Capsule Arts and partner company Lobo & Listone commissioned The Domino to create a mural for permanent display on the front fascia of their Al Quoz warehouse. Inspired by Dubai and it's ever changing landscape, artists Fathima Mohuiddin and Paul Brewer spent 10 days working late into the evening on a scaffolding tower to transform the building into a site for public art.

A vibrant depiction of Dubai, the abstract artwork takes you from old Dubai to the contemporary metropolis we see today, filled with elements from Dubai's heritage, culture, architecture, and urban city life.

Here's a few pictures of the journey, and we hope you pop by to see the real thing.

Fathima starts by sketching out the mural design
Fathima starts by sketching out the mural design
Scaffolding goes up
Scaffolding goes up
First day up on the scaffold for Fathima and Paul
First day up on the scaffold for Fathima and Paul
After sketching out the design in real scale painting begins
After sketching out the design in real scale painting begins
Progress at dusk
Progress at dusk
Ready to start another evening of panting
Ready to start another evening of panting
Work on the black detailing begins
Work on the black detailing begins
Scaffolding coming down ahead of launch night
Scaffolding coming down ahead of launch night
Capsule Arts Studio launch night
Capsule Arts Studio launch night
In the light of day you can see the mural from Sheikh Zayed Road if you look through the service road just before the Al Waha Street exit moving in the direction of Burj Khalifa
In the light of day you can see the mural from Sheikh Zayed Road if you look through the service road just before the Al Waha Street exit moving in the direction of Burj Khalifa