Talented emerging artists commissioned for the flagship Art Season event
Time Out Dubai staff
A flagship initiative of Dubai Art Season, and now in its fifth edition, SIKKA will once again bring an exciting line-up of emerging UAE artists and collectives together for a fair of visual arts, performances, music and film. This year running from March 14 to 24, the fair provides a platform for the region’s most talented emerging artists and facilitates an exchange of ideas between them and the wider, international, artistic community.
This year’s curator, Jalal Luqman, has held exhibitions in the US, Kuwait, Japan, Egypt, Morocco, Czech Republic, China and the UK, and is committed to supporting artists and promoting art in the UAE through initiatives with schools and universities, both nationally and internationally, where he conducts seminars and workshops.
Each year, Emirati and locally-based talent are asked to submit proposals for works to be exhibited at SIKKA, and chosen submissions are commissioned for the fair. It’s an exciting and community-orientated event, and 2015 will be an entirely commissioned programme of art and special events including outdoor film screenings, live music, cultural walks, workshops and educational activities.
Artists-in-Residence 2015 Artists-in-Residence (A.i.R) Dubai is a residency programme run by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Tashkeel, the Delfina Foundation and Art Dubai. It runs over three months, during which time six artists develop projects for Art Dubai, working together in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and taking part in other outreach events including screenings, talks and an open-studio during SIKKA. This year’s artists, who were selected from an open call, come from Iran, Brazil, the UAE, Amsterdam, Lebanon and Pakistan, making it one of the most diverse and exciting residencies yet. For more information visit www.artdubai.ae/air-dubai/2015