DIFC Gulf Art Fair to offer an exclusive three- day education programme designed and delivered by Sotheby's Institute of Art.

Published February 27th, 2007 - 07:51 GMT

Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the forthcoming DIFC Gulf Art Fair will offer an exceptional three-day educational programme designed and delivered by Sotheby's Institute of Art during the event from 8-10 March 2007.

Designed for visitors interested in contemporary art and collecting contemporary art, the DIFC Gulf Art Fair education programme will cover numerous aspects of contemporary art, art investments and trends in the contemporary art market with a special emphasis on artistic developments since the 1960s. The three-day education programme will enable artists, curators, gallery owners and experts in the field to share their knowledge during seminars, presentations and conversations and also to take exclusive guided tours of the DIFC Gulf Art Fair and art galleries across Dubai.

"In putting together the DIFC Gulf Art Fair, we have come across a growing appetite for information on trends and analysis of the contemporary segment of the art market, as well as a demand for information on how to assess and begin collecting contemporary art.  Sotheby's Institute of Art has designed a comprehensive three -day education programme that will offer visitors to the DIFC Gulf Art Fair a unique and incisive insight into the workings of the contemporary art world," said Mr. John Martin, Director, DIFC Gulf Art Fair.

The first day of the education program will include presentations on the contemporary art market scene and financial aspects, laws and regulations within the international art market. The second day of the program will include an open forum on contemporary Arab art, a panel discussion about Emerging art in new markets, presentations on the evolution and understanding of contemporary Iranian and Chinese art, and a brief overview on Indian art by a specialist. The final day of the programme will provide insight on public, private and corporate art collections.
"The inaugural DIFC Gulf Art Fair will further encourage the UAE’s development as an international art capital. Education is a fundamental element of market growth and Sotheby's Institute of Art is delighted to be playing such a strategic role in the first-ever DIFC Gulf Art Fair," said Lyn Calzia, Sotheby's Institute of Art.


For further information about the DIFC Gulf Art Fair, participating galleries, art projects, events and the education programme please visit www.gulfartfair.com


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