Dubai Art Season events guide

Sikka, Design Days and more going down for inaugural event

Design Days Dubai
March 17-21
This is the region’s only fair dedicated to collectible, limited edition furniture and design objects. Featuring leading designers and galleries alongside up and coming names, plus a non-commercial programme of installations, live performances, talks and workshops, the event will bring together an inspiring selection of work and is certainly one you don’t want to miss.
For a full list of participating design galleries and for more information, visit www.designdaysdubai.ae.

SIKKA 2014
March 15-25
Founded by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, SIKKA is an annual platform designed to promote UAE contemporary practices, initiative and discourse. Dubai’s historic district of Al Fahidi will be brought alive with newly commissioned projects from emerging local talent. The fourth edition of the fair will present an artist-led contemporary show, featuring commissioned works by Emirati and UAE-based artists including musicians, performers, filmmakers and multi-disciplinary collectives. There will also be a plethora of workshops, talks, discussions, guided tours and walks, film and animation screenings and programmes for children.
For more information, visit www.sikka.ae.

Galleries Nights
March 17
This event sees the coordinated late-night openings of new exhibitions alongside performances by local musicians and other community events, taking place across Dubai’s 40-plus galleries located in the industrial quarter of Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue and the Gate Village in DIFC.

Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA)
March 17
The 2014 edition of this prestigious award sees a few changes with the introduction of four separate categories to reflect the world in which we live. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, photographers have been competing for the chance of winning US$120,000, with an overall grand prize pool of US$389,000. This year, the main category is entitled Creating the Future, and it will be interesting to see how participants from the world over interpret this wide-reaching theme. The Street Life category allows photographers to capture the heart and soul of community life, while the magic of Black and White will no doubt be another hugely popular category. Winners will be revealed to the public during Art Week.
For more information, visit www.hipa.ae.

Sharjah 2014 March Meeting
March 13-16
This year’s March Meeting was conceived by the next curator of the Sharjah Biennial, Eungie Joo, and is a four-day symposium that will include presentations about past projects in Sharjah and the UAE, introductions to the work of artists who will be commissioned for the 2015 Biennial, sessions for collective research and analysis, and keynote presentations by leading figures in the region. 2014’s March Meeting will set a tone of collaboration and exchange for the coming year. Exhibitions that coincide with March Meeting include Wael Shawky: Horsemen Adore Perfumes and Other Stories, Rasheed Araeen: Before and After Minimalism, Susan Hefuna: Another Place and the March Project for young and upcoming artists.
For more information, see www.sharjahart.org/home.

Sharjah Art Foundation Education Programme
March 1 - May 31
Taking place at Sharjah Art School, this programme gives children and young people the chance to discover their own creativity while learning about art and culture. Taught by professional artists, there will be a whole range of workshops, events and interactive activities.
Free. See www.sharjahart.org/programmes/education-programme/saf-art-school for full details.

Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi’s roster of events in March comprises the Abu Dhabi Festival, which features exhibitions and musical events including Bill Fontana Acoustical Visions, and Desert Soundings, as well as private tours of the fascinating design at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
For more information, visit www.abudhabifestival.ae.

Doha
Besides the Global Art Forum taking place at Katara Art Center in Doha between March 15-16, the Qatar Museums Authority will be hosting a number of exhibitions including Mona Hatoum’s Turbulence and
Etel Adnan’s Art is One of The Roads to Paradise.
For more information, see www.qma.com.qa.

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