That’s a Wrap - Dubai Art Week 2017 comes to an end

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Last week, Dubai experienced another successful and eventful Art Week, which saw the international art world’s eyes turn to the emirate. Throughout the week there were exhibitions and events covering every angle of creativity from classic masters of art to interior design and social events for art enthusiasts.

Each year Art Week in Dubai becomes bigger and better showcasing out of this world talent, art and projects.

Capsule Arts’ team took to Art Week to check out some of the staple events that took place.

Al Serkal Avenue, 9 - 18 March

Al Serkal Avenue is one of Dubai’s most creative neighborhoods and is always a must-see during Art Week. A variety of events take place throughout the year, not just for Art Week, including gallery nights, pop up projects, public talks and workshops.

One highlight we caught last week was the incredible project Syria: Into the Light, a show featuring more than 60 works by Syrian masters and emerging artists, from the collection of the Atassi Foundation. This was launched at the beginning of Art Week and will be exhibiting until 3 April 2017.

Below are some snaps from Capsule Art’s adventures last week at Al Serkal Avenue.

The Third Line – EVERYTHING MUST GO, the first solo exhibition  by Sophia Al-Maria in the UAE
The Third Line – EVERYTHING MUST GO, the first solo exhibition by Sophia Al-Maria in the UAE
Exhibition - Syria into the Light
Exhibition - Syria into the Light
Print by Ahlam Al Arif, part of Woven Heritage:  International Miniature Printmaking Exhibition at A4 Space
Print by Ahlam Al Arif, part of Woven Heritage:  International Miniature Printmaking Exhibition at A4 Space
Al Serkal Commissions – Different Air by Karim Sultan
Al Serkal Commissions – Different Air by Karim Sultan

Art Dubai, 16 – 18 March

The 11th Season of Art Dubai took place at its usual setting of the Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre, showcasing 94 worldwide galleries in contemporary art and art by masters from the Middle East, South Asia and African region.

As always, the event was a thriving hub for art lovers, with something for everyone.

In addition to the fair, Art Dubai had multiple projects and supporting exhibitions on show, including a sparkling Piaget exhibition and the annual Abraaj Art Group Prize commissions. There was also a futuristic digital installation by Meraas Dubai displaying moving images of the art at City Walk Dubai, probably the most popular selfie hot spot at the fair.

Art Dubai in pictures:

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Design Days Dubai, 14 – 17 March

In its sixth edition, Design Days Dubai once again showcased contemporary and innovative furniture and design objects. The fair served as an interesting window into new trends in the luxury design industry and offered a snapshot of where the future of interior design is heading.

This year the fair moved to its new home in Dubai Design District – D3, a move which felt like a natural step, continuing to add to Dubai’s growing hub of design.

Design Days Dubai in pictures:

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HIPA – Wednesday 15 March

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA)

HIPA is a photography competition, which has been taking place annually during Dubai Art Week since 2011. It is held under the patronage of the Crown Prince Shaikh Hamdan, who is himself an avid photographer.

The theme for the grand prize this year was ‘The Challenge’, with 3 additional sub-categories: digital manipulation, general and portfolio.

This year’s venue for the winning photographs ceremony was the glamorous Dubai Opera Plaza. A beautiful performance of orchestral music was composed especially for the introduction of each competitive category. Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the event to do the honors of giving the grand prize winning award.

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