Interactive workshops, educational talks, outdoor markets and more than 3,000 affordable art works await enthusiasts on final day of the region’s most accessible art fair
World Art Dubai, the region’s only accessible art offering seasoned collectors, first-time purchasers and the simply curious an opportunity to affordable art from all around the globe, opens for its final day tomorrow (15 April) at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
The third edition of World Art Dubai has seen thousands of visitors from across the UAE, Gulf and beyond browse a 3,000-strong collection of art works, while eager art enthusiast have also taken part in a series of educational talks and interactive workshops led by participating artists at the fair.
The artist talks have proven extremely popular among visitors, with final day highlights including sessions by Sharan Anil Budhrani – one of Dubai-based Mawaheb from Beautiful People’s exhibiting artists – who will be discussing ‘Muscular Dystrophy and How Art Has Changed his Life’, as well as Anastasia Bobrysheva’s talk entitled ‘Art as a Method of Mutual Cognition in Tolerant Community’.
The show’s Art for Every Wall feature, which highlights a beautiful collection of inspiring pieces for under AED3,000, has lived up to its billing to make art affordable and accessible to everyone, with scores of pieces being sold daily.
Elsewhere, this year’s World Art Dubai features a professionally-curated exhibition collecting 35 international galleries and over 120 emerging and established artists from all around the globe. With numerous artists and galleries from Japan adding a Far Eastern dimension to the fair, the country’s Fuyo Kobayashi will perform an exclusive calligraphy workshop at the Japanese pavilion at 3pm on Saturday. Kobayashi utilises water collected from more than 740 sacred places to mix with her ink, symbolising her wish for people from all cultures and walks of life to get along.
Exhibiting for the first time regionally, the Ukrainian Art Association, which was established to provide the opportunity for younger artists to develop their talent and exhibit their works of art the world over, includes artists Olexiy Bily, Oksana Yagodka, Tatiana Rylina, Anna Khrystenko, Ludmila Khalfina and Olga Rylina.
Seven artists and 12 galleries represent the European pavilion, which includes talent from England and France to Austria, Germany and Russia. Artistic styles include pop art, figurative, abstract and dripping, with Denis Ribas, Art Galerie Adriana and Anissa Lalhaloum among the most championed artists at the show.
Not forgetting local talent, Dubai-based gallery Cross Borders, which represents a wide spectrum of Indian and Pakistani artists, as well as the Art Plus Gallery – a bespoke fine art company which curates some of the highest quality art projects in the Middle East – have been presenting their comprehensive collection of Islamic, abstract and modern contemporary art to the masses. The two galleries aim to develop an understanding of the richness and diversity of the culture and heritage of Arabia.
Adding another string to World Art Dubai’s creative bow, the roster of immersive ‘The Art Of…’ workshops have catered to today’s blossoming DIY culture, with French beauty brand Lancôme’s final ‘The Art of Makeup’ Masterclass taking place at 5pm on Saturday. Regional make-up artist Salma El Saadany will demonstrate various techniques to create art on lips, and will also be guiding workshop attendees through the season’s top four looks with the newly launched Matte Shaker collection. Following this, beauty buffs should make their way to the ‘Rose of Kisses’ wall, and leave their mark by kissing the two-metre tall ‘rose’, which will then do the rounds in Paris and other major cities worldwide.
Alongside these activations, outdoor options in ‘The Yard’ include food trucks and one last chance to check out the best creations by the UAE’s entrepreneurial craftspeople at the Ripe Craft Market.
“With its interactive activities, educational initiatives and affordable artist commissions, World Art Dubai’s aim is to redefine what an art fair can be – something for everyone,” says Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC. “We’re thrilled with the incredible response that the fair has received in its opening three days and we are confident that the final day will build on this success. We believe art isn’t simply for a certain niche and strong sales so far underline that there is growing demand for affordable, contemporary art in this market.”
Daily entry to World Art Dubai, which is part of Dubai Art Season, is Dhs20 on the door or Dhs15 for if purchased online in advance. The Children of 16 years and under are admitted free of charge upon showing a valid student ID. The event is open from 2pm to 9pm on Saturday 15 April. More information and pre-registration is available at the website at www.worldartdubai.com.