It would be reasonable to say getting into the art collecting biz isn’t the most affordable exercise. To combat the perceived stigma of elitism, the World Art Dubai 2017 show is focusing this year’s theme on accessibility and affordability.
Supported by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the event is coming back to the Dubai World Trade Centre from Wednesday April 12 to Saturday 15.
Spanning 9,000sq km, WAD 2017 will bring new galleries and segments for solo and group art from around the world. So far, more than 35 different international galleries are being lined up, showcasing 120 different artists and groups. There will be dedicated pavilions for European, North American, Japanese and Ukrainian pieces, for your global art fix.
According to the European Fine Art Foundation, global art sales have jumped up to US$45 billion (Dhs165 billion), with an average transactional value of US$1,200 (Dhs4,400). This can be a prohibitively high benchmark for many potential enthusiasts or collectors, so this year’s show promises plenty of pieces starting from as little as US$100 (Dhs367).
There will be more than 3,000 pieces on display, so get your chequebook ready for April 12-15. Also, keep an eye out for the “Art for Every Wall” feature, offering unique and contemporary pieces for less than Dhs3,000.
Daily passes Dhs20, under 16s free. 6pm-9pm Wednesday April 12, 2pm-9pm April 13-15. Dubai World Trade Centre. www.worldartdubai.com