Dubai – The art calendar for the next few weeks talks about design, photography and more
There’s a chill in the air (are we imagining it?) and nice weather translates to a busier artistic season. The mood in the city changes at this time of year and becomes a bit brighter, more artistic and creative, of course. This week we take a look at the exciting upcoming events.
For young lens makers
Anthony Lamb, an internationally award-winning fine art photographer, is an experienced teacher of landscape photography. He has won 40 international photography awards. He will lead a free creative photography course for children aged 10-15. During the two-hour session, young participants will learn the basic methods of approaching a subject while clicking an image – framing, shooting up and down, near and far, and how to search and spot. a good picture. They will also be introduced to different types of photographic equipment. Then, as a group, they will explore Umm Al Emarat Park in search of suitable subjects.
November 6, 3-5 p.m., Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi
For the love of NFT
Over an Italian meal, admire two NFT (non-fungible token) works of art, at Isola. The first integration of its kind in a restaurant, the artworks are from the “In Pursuit of Utopia” series by artist Nabil Anani, one of the main founders of the contemporary Palestinian art movement. Anani paints the picturesque hills of Palestine without the ever-growing Israeli settlements, bypass roads, roadblocks, walls and watchtowers that are usually visible around every corner. Instead, he creates the Palestine of his dreams, a utopia inspired by his childhood memories growing up in the hills of Halhoul. Physical coins and NFTs are also available for purchase!
Isola Ristorante, Jumeirah Islands Clubhouse, Dubai
Discover the latest in design
The region’s largest creative festival, Dubai Design Week, with more than 200 free events, will be held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairwoman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. Highlights of the event include the UAE Designer Exhibition 2.0 showcasing the works of 25 emerging and unknown creative talents, UAE-based and locally producing; the Mena Grad Show featuring the top 50 social impact innovation projects from the brightest minds from universities in the region; a program of more than 50 conferences featuring regional and international industry leaders; and more. Responding to this year’s theme of regenerative architecture and restorative design, the main commission for the Abwab Festival was awarded to Dubai-based Ahmed El-Sharabasy for his proposal titled ‘Nature in Motion’, an architectural pavilion making referring to the constant movement of the Dubai desert and mimicking the continuous development of the city.
November 8-13, Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai
beyond the skies
Dubai Festival City Mall and DC Aviation Al-Futtaim have partnered to launch the Al-Futtaim Festival of Arts competition, inviting emerging artists across the country to express their creativity and turn their innovative ideas into practical reality. Under the theme “Flight into Innovation”, the inaugural edition of the festival will be divided into four categories: calligraphy, fine arts, photography and design. Submissions will be accepted for wall art only from participants residing in the UAE under the age of 30 until the end of November. The judging panel will be led by Patricia Millns, who has a Middle Eastern-based practice centered on women’s studies, identity and cultural meaning defined through clothing, adornment and the region’s former industrial heritage. Four winners will be selected, one in each category, who will have the chance to exhibit their work in an art gallery in the Dubai Festival City Mall, as well as exclusive mentorship with the judges and a business start-up program supported by Al-Futtaim. The grand prize winner, selected by the judges, will have the unique opportunity to have a rendition of their artwork displayed on the Dassault Falcon 2000 LXS aircraft owned and operated by DC Aviation.