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Art Dubai 2022’s programme to feature live events, talks and interactive family workshops

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DUBAI, 12th March, 2022 (WAM) — Art Dubai 2022, the leading global platform for art and artists from the Middle East and Global South, is complementing its artistic programme this year with a series of live events, a varied and multi-level talks programme that caters for a wide range of interests, and interactive family workshops suitable for all ages.

The 15th edition of the event is being held from 11th to 13th March 2022 at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, under the patronage of His His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

This year, the fair features the most extensive edition to date with over 100 contemporary, modern and digital galleries from 44 countries. The event reinforces Dubai’s emergence as an international hub for art and culture and a major contributor to conversations about contemporary art.

Art Dubai 2022 presents an expanded education and talks schedule, including the most far-reaching children’s programme to date, developed in partnership with A.R.M. Holding, and now engaging more than 5,000 children in 80 schools across Dubai. In addition, the fair has partnered with the Art Writers’ Agency (AWA), a newly created organisation which aims to support the development of UAE-based arts journalism and writers. Art Dubai is among a diverse set of attractions being highlighted by the Dubai Destinations initiative, which is now focusing on highlighting the exceptional experiences, events and activities of the ongoing Dubai Art Season.

This year’s A.R.M. Holding Children’s Programme features artist-led workshops for children aged 5-17. With a focus on sustainability, the programme will be led by Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru (AKKA Project), who will work with participants to retrieve and repurpose everyday materials from their homes and schools, and transforming them into works of art. Through these workshops, Cyrus will challenge participants to alter their perspectives, and re-examine how they see everyday objects and their wider surroundings. The first A.R.M. Holding Children’s Programme will take place at Art Dubai before expanding to take place in 80 schools – reaching more than 5,000 children across Dubai, in line with A.R.M. Holding’s long-term commitment to artistic education and Dubai’s creative economy.

This year’s workshops are separated into three age groups, each with different learning outcomes: ages 5-7; ages 8-12; and ages 13-17 with drop-in sessions taking place on Friday, 11th March, from 17:00 to 18:00, and Saturday, 12th March, from 15:30 to 16:30.

Art Dubai also features an innovative talks programme for a range of audiences. Entitled ‘This is the Picture’, commissioned by Shumon Basar, and taking place across four days, the 15th edition of the Global Art Forum examines the worlds of digital artefacts and crypto economies, inviting leading artists, curators, creators, thinkers and technologists to consider a range of topics from NFT art and curatorial projects, to crypto gaming and the metaverse, Web3 and Dubai’s new crypto zone. Participants for 2022 include noted collectors Guy Ullens and Ryan Zurrer, pioneering artists Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst and UAE blockchain advocate Saeed Al Darmaki.

Bybit Talks is an eclectically curated series of conversations presented by the titular and leading cryptocurrency exchange, that aims to give visitors greater understanding about the rapid growth in digital platforms. Inviting guest speakers to explain more about the basics of cryptocurrency, digital media and NFT art, participants will include Tamas Banovich, co-founder of Postmasters; Seth Goldstein, co-founder of Bright Moments and Christina Chua, co-founder of SO-FAR.

First established in 2012, Campus Art Dubai was the first programme of its kind in the region and has acted as a school for artists, curators, writers, architects, designers and cultural producers based in the UAE. Each year a special curriculum is designed around a pertinent theme and CAD participants explore the significance of local knowledge with individuals and institutions in the region through course material and a series of seminars, lectures, workshops and off-site visits.

Powered by Materia, Campus Art Dubai 9.0 Blockchain Edition is an 8-week programme hosting 12 artists – six UAE-based and six international – with experience in the fields of photography, videography, visual art, animation, sound or new media art. The programme culminates with participants creating their own NFT artwork which is shown in a dedicated display at Art Dubai 2022 and exhibited on Materia’s platform.

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