Art Jameel opens new multidisciplinary art space in Dubai


Art Jameel opened a new multidisciplinary art space on Nov. 11 on Jaddaf Waterfront, Dubai. The 10,000-square meters space responds to the surrounding urban landscape and the Centre’s mission to be open and inclusive.

Designed as an intimate setting for experiencing and producing different forms of art, Series Architects’ inspiration for Jameel Arts Centre was drawn from local vernacular architecture: the UAE’s sha’abi housing typology and the traditional medina.

Featuring more than 40 artists, the center represents an innovative new cultural hub for the region. The opening show includes works by artists including Saudi artist Maha Malluh, Hassan Sharif, Wael Shawky, as well as an installation by Aseel AlYaqoub and Puerto Rican-Kuwaiti artist Alia Farid.

Jameel Arts Centre is an independent institution dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art to the public and engaging communities through learning, research and commissions. Founded and supported by Art Jameel, the Centre is located in Jaddaf Waterfront, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Jameel Arts Centre aims to be a leading contemporary art institution for the UAE, the Middle East and South Asia region, and beyond. We strive to take a a collaborative, open and dynamic approach in realising original programming across exhibitions, education and research. Our priorities include nurturing artists and practitioners to produce work and research from and about the region, and encouraging broad audiences to engage actively with the artworks and ideas generated. By developing this ecosystem, we contribute to building a sustainable, future-oriented arts scene and creative community both in the UAE and through its global network.

Driven by arts and

educational initiatives for all

Jameel Arts Centre is an initiative of Art Jameel, an independent organisation that fosters contemporary art practice, cultural heritage protection, and creative entrepreneurship across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. Our modus operandi is artist-centric, yet we also believe in the unique capacity of the arts and creativity to open up space for dialogue and exchange.

Art Jameel is positioned alongside Community Jameel, and complements its sister organisation’s work in promoting positive social change, job creation and poverty alleviation across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

A pioneer in supporting

artists and creativity

With a commitment to supporting artists and creative communities, Jameel Arts Centre is one of the first contemporary arts institutions in Dubai. The Centre presents projects, commissions, and curated solo and group exhibitions, drawn both from the Art Jameel Collection and through regional and international collaborations.

An inspirational space for experiencing, creating and thinking

Located at Jaddaf Waterfront, the Centre’s galleries are complemented by Jameel Library, an open-access research centre dedicated to artists and cultural movements in the Gulf and beyond; as well as project and commissions spaces, a writer’s studio, restaurant and shop.

Jameel Arts Centre opens to the public in November 2018; founded and funded by Art Jameel, the Centre was developed in dialogue with, and with the support of, Dubai Holding and Dubai Properties, the master-developers of the Jaddaf area, as well as other government ministries and entities of the United Arab Emirates.

As a partner of Dubai Design Week, Jameel Arts Centre is hosting design-dedicated events.

Architecture-focused Photo Walk led by Mohamed Somji of Gulf Photo Plus

Saturday November 17, 9am-10.30am

Bring your camera (or even your smartphone) on an architecture-focused photo walk led by photographer Mohamed Somji of Gulf Photo Plus, as he shows you how to work with angles, light, and leading lines to achieve striking architectural images. Part outdoor walking tour, part workshop, this experience will help hone your photographic eye.

Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) is Dubai’s centre for photography, equipping and inspiring the local and international photography community through photography workshops, free artist talks, state-of-the-art printing services, and the region’s longest-running international photography event, GPP Photo Week. GPP has garnered a reputation as a leader in photography events, both in the Gulf region and internationally, while developing the visual literacy of the community and pushing the boundaries of contemporary photography. GPP’s workshop programing is coupled with additional events including exhibitions, inspirational talks, and Slidefest evenings where developing artists can share projects and find further inspiration.

Dubai Design Week is the largest creative festival in the Middle East, reflecting Dubai’s position as the regional capital of design. The six-day programme comprises more than 200 events covering design across a range of disciplines including architecture, product, furniture, interior and graphic design.

Staged in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai Design Week provides an accessible meeting point for the global design community, a platform for regional design and acts as a catalyst for the growth of the creative community in Dubai. In 2017, the annual event attracted 60,000 visitors to Dubai Design District alone who attended and engaged with the varied programme of design-related events, exhibitions, performances, awards, talks and workshops and experiences.

Alserkal Avenue

Located in Al Quoz, Dubai and established in 2007, Alserkal Avenue is the region’s foremost contemporary arts and culture neighbourhood. Alserkal Avenue hosts 16 contemporary art galleries and not-for-profit spaces and over 40 creative businesses, cultivating a vibrant community of visual and performing arts organisations, designers, and artisanal spaces that has become an essential platform for the development of the creative industries in the United Arab Emirates.

‘Adapt to Survive: Notes from the Future’ (held in Concrete, Alserkal Avenue)

November 7-21, 2018

What might the future look like? Adapt to Survive: Notes from the Future, in collaboration with Hayward Gallery, London, brings together artworks by seven international artists who imagine how our world might look and feel in the future. Engaging with the idea that adaptation is necessary for survival, the artists present films, sculpture and text-based works that explore ideas of change and hybrid forms of architecture, biology, technology and language. In recent decades, futurology has become established as an area of research combining game theory, statistics, and speculation. Like futurologists, the artists in the exhibition make educated guesses about our society’s evolution and progression, but equally convey uncertainty and scepticism about our accelerating patterns of growth and consumption.

The exhibition features works by artists Andreas Angelidakis, Ann Lislegaard, Bedwyr Williams, Julian Charrière, Marguerite Humeau, Rainer Ganahl and Youmna Chlala, and is curated by Dr Cliff Lauson. It was previously on show at the Hayward Gallery HENI Project Space in London from 18 April – 11 June 2018.

The exhibition will be supported by a curated public programme.


Sharjah Art Foundation

Located in Sharjah’s historic Art and Heritage Areas, Sharjah Art Foundation activities and events take place throughout the year and include exhibitions featuring the work of Arab and international artists, performances, music, film screenings and artist talks as well as extensive art education programmes for children, adults and families. The Foundation hosts the annual March Meeting and every two years presents the Sharjah Biennial.

Fikra Graphic Design Biennial

November 9-30, 2018

The inaugural Fikra Graphic Design Biennial, Ministry of Graphic Design,’ proposes graphic design as integral to contemporary civic life, forming nearly every medium, message, and communication we encounter today. The fictional Ministry of Graphic Design‘ starts with an expanded view of the field, considering professional, cultural, and conceptual perspectives. Moving away from existing disciplinary definitions and medium-specific approaches, the Biennial examines how today’s graphic designers play a crucial role in tasks as diverse as entrepreneurial development, content generation, meaning-making, strategic thinking, form-giving, project distribution, life-cycle planning, and policy creation. Anchored in Sharjah, UAE, but with a regional and international reach, the Biennial exhibition emerges over an extended time frame. It takes place in November 2018,it continues to develop after its kickoff period into the future. Neither comprehensive, conclusive, nor prescriptive, Ministry of Graphic Design‘ creates a starting point for continued dialogue, research and understanding within the field.

Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates the world’s vibrant cross-cultural connections in all their forms, from the birth of civilisation to the present day. Through its innovative curatorial approach, the museum reconsiders global art history and promotes stories from previously overlooked areas of the world. Its growing collection is unparalleled in the region and spans half a million years of human history, including prehistoric tools, artefacts, religious texts, iconic paintings and contemporary sculpture. The permanent collection is supplemented by rotating loans from 13 French partner institutions and international museums. Created by an exceptional agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, and designed by Jean Nouvel, Louvre Abu Dhabi opened on Saadiyat Island in 2017.

Abu Dhabi Art

The 10th edition of Abu Dhabi Art will take place in the capital from November 14 – 17, 2018, with a full programme of events. Held at creative art centre Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi Art 2018 will feature a dynamic and collaborative programme of engaging exhibitions, public talks, performance art, workshops and more, all aimed at engaging visitors from Abu Dhabi, the wider UAE and from across the world. The public programme will launch in November with the beginning of the fair and will continue until January 2019.