Depart at Art Dubai
For the third time in a row, Depart is a media partner of Art Dubai, a leading international art fair focused on the current artistic élan of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The 9th edition of the fair is slated to take place from March 18 through 21, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Taking place each year in March, Art Dubai presents a select yet diverse line-up of around 90 galleries from the UAE and from around the world. The fair, since its launch in 2007, has been a major stage in the world for the convergence of contemporary praxes and knowledge. The artistic dispensation across three programmes, Contemporary; Modern, devoted to masters from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia; and Marker, a curated section of artspaces that focuses each year on a particular theme or geography, makes an interesting mix of contemporary global trends and traditional modern art.
Art Dubai's extensive not-for-profit programme includes a dynamic roster of commissioned projects, film and radio programmes; artist and curator’s residencies; educational initiatives for children through to professionals, including the year-round art school Campus Art Dubai; an annual exhibition of works by winners of The Abraaj Group Art Prize; and the critically-acclaimed Global Art Forum.
Over the last eight years, Art Dubai has become a cornerstone of the region's booming contemporary art community. Recognized as one of the most globalised meeting points in the art world today, Art Dubai places an emphasis on maintaining its intimate, human scale while foregrounding quality and diversity.
Art Dubai is held in partnership with The Abraaj Group and is sponsored by Emaar and Julius Baer under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. Madinat Jumeirah is home to the event. Mashreq Private Banking is the exclusive partner of Art Dubai Modern. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is a strategic partner of Art Dubai and supports the fair's year-round education programme.
Art Dubai is part of Art Week, an umbrella initiative that showcases the broad programme of cultural 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, a fair run by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, dedicated to new work by UAE-based artists; and Galleries Nights, featuring over 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.
- Depart Desk/Art Dubai press release