During the Art Residency Programme
Building further on its pioneering cultural and arts initiatives, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is launching several key programmes aimed at identifying, encouraging, nurturing, and building Emirati talent in visual arts, performing arts, film, and literature.
Having already activated workshops, residency programmes, advisory services, and artist commissioning to promote talented UAE nationals, the Authority will further enrich the cultural scene with the implementation of an extensive database of Emirati artists. Dubai Culture will also work towards facilitating arts grants in association with patrons from both the public and private sectors. The expanded services will cover all disciplines supported by Dubai Culture and will progressively institute several path breaking initiatives.
Salem Belyouha, Projects & Events Manager of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said that the core of this integrated programme is to develop and strengthen artistic practice by providing career-defining opportunities for UAE national talent. “To firmly establish exposure and production, it is imperative that the skill sets of Emirati talent are identified and nurtured. From hosting workshops, residency programmes and facilitating arts grants, our expanded services will help to recognise and cultivate the skills of Emirati artists. The extensive additions to the Authority’s repertoire of services will clearly establish Dubai’s cultural thought leadership across the region and globally.”
As part of Dubai Culture’s multifaceted services, the newly introduced artists-in-residence programme, aimed at facilitating cultural and artistic exchange, was launched earlier this year in association with The Delfina Foundation, Tashkeel and Art Dubai, with the support of the British Council, at Al Bastakiya. Five artists – three of them Emirati and two international – worked independently to create art installations, which were displayed at House 44 in Al Bastakiya as part of the Sikka Art Fair, organised by Dubai Culture.
The organisation also commissioned three additional Emirati artists during Art Dubai to create exclusive artworks for the exteriors of the ArtBus, which toured various art venues in Dubai as well as the Sharjah Biennale.
Work on the Emirati artist database is also progressing, which upon implementation will serve as a one-stop referral point that archives information on all Emirati artists, their areas of specialisation, artwork, and contact information, thus enabling wider outreach.
An additional series of workshops on various aspects of the arts will be conducted from June to November, and work on the Emirati artist database will commence in the latter part of the year. By the end of the year, Dubai Culture expects to facilitate arts grants for promising Emirati artists. Emirati artists can contact Dubai Culture on 04 8004003 or e-mail artsServices@dubaiculture.ae for more details on Arts Sections.
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority spearheads and supports several cultural and arts initiatives in Dubai including the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards; the Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre; Sikka Art Fair; Gulf Film Festival; Emirates Airline Festival of Literature; and Art Dubai, among others which have contributed to establishing Dubai as a cultural hub of the region.