If you have anything to do with Art, Dubai is your heaven this week. Artdubai promises you week of culture, beauty, installation, gala dinners and galleries from around the world. most of the events will take place in Madinat Jumeira, however the artisitic districts of Dubai, like Alqouz and Al sikka also will showcase artists from around the world:
http://artdubai.ae/sites/default/files/temp/artdubai.ae.itinerary.13315033897ec00.pdf

WEDNESDAY MARCH 21

*Opening Day: All events, except for the Ladies’ Day and the Global Art Forum, are by invitation only

11.30 – 14.00

LADIES’ DAY
Held Under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, Wife of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs UAE.

An exclusive preview for women featuring tours by curators and art experts.

12.00 – 15.00

*TOUR | CARTIER NATURELLEMENT
For its first participation at Art Dubai, Cartier presents a unique high jewellery creation, ‘Cartier Naturellement’, designed in an enchanted setting inspired by nature by the landscape artist Christophe Ponceau. Cartier and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain also present ‘Aquarium’, a mobile of precious stones by the Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes.

14.00 – 17.00

GLOBAL ART FORUM_6

Free of charge and open to all. See here for timings and more info

16.00 – 21.30

*OPENING NIGHT

(invite only)

16.00 – 21.00

*THE HATCH

The Hatch features artists’ talks, film and video screenings

17.00 – 18.00

*BOOK LAUNCH | PASCAL HACHEM

By Nada Raza & Jim Quilty, published by Selma Feriani Gallery & Frederica Schiavo Gallery

18.00 – 18.30

*TOUR | ABRAAJ CAPITAL ART PRIZE 2012

An exclusive tour of ‘Spectral Imprints’, Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2012 by Guest Curator Nat Muller. Winning artists are Taysir Batniji, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Wael Shawky, Risham Syed and Raed Yassin. Book a place on the tour at any of the information desks.

18.00 – 19.00

*PERFORMANCE | CARLOS CELDRAN

Carlos Celdran’s performative tour of the fair, commissioned as part of Art Dubai Projects, features seven acts in seven different parts of the fair, performed each night. The selected locations trigger an entertaining and engaging narrative, at the intersection of where geopolitics meets contemporary art. Book a place on the tour at any of the information desks.

18.30 – 19.00

*TOUR | MARKER

Marker, the curated section of concept stands launched in 2011, this year turns its focus to the dynamic Indonesian arts scene. Yogyakarta-born curator Alia Swastika, who has selected five Indonesian galleries – Ark Galerie, Biasa Artspace, Galeri Canna, D’Gallerie and Jogja Contemporary – leads this exclusive tour. Book a place on the tour at any of the information desks.

19.00 – 19.30

*PERFORMANCE | KÖKEN ERGUN

Commissioned as part of Art Dubai Projects, Istanbul-based artist Köken Ergun’s new work involves nightly shows at the fair with a surprise element, combining easy listening with commentary on the fair itself. The project is produced in collaboration with The Fridge and features UAE-based singer-pianist duo Melisa Le Rue and Stoyan Stoyanov.

19.00 – 19.30

*PERFORMANCE | MARYA KAZOUN

Galerie Janine Rubeiz, A28

20.00 – 20.30 *PERFORMANCE | KÖKEN ERGUN

THURSDAY MARCH 22

11.30 – 12.30

PRESENTATION | GWANGJU BIENNALE

A brunch hosted by Yongwoo Lee, President of the Gwangju Biennale, featuring a presentation by the six artistic directors and previous directors of the 2012 Biennale (Sept 7-November 12, 2012) Carol Yinghua Lu, Nancy Adajania, Mami Kataoka, Sun-jung Kim, Alia Swastika and Wassan Al-Khudhairi. The Gwangju Biennale 2012 takes ‘Roundtable’ as its theme, exploring the possibility of a democratic and non-hierarchical exchange concerning global cultural production, through various forms of collective endeavour, research into historic entanglements among societies, and the exploration of diverse contexts of belonging.

14.00 – 17.00

GLOBAL ART FORUM_6

16.00 – 21.30

PUBLIC DAY

16.00 – 21.00

THE HATCH

16.30 – 17.00

PERFORMANCE | KÖKEN ERGUN

17.00 – 18.00

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP | YTO BARRADA WITH ZID ZID KIDS

Yto Barrada and Zid Zid Kids’ project is an exploration area and trilingual educational zone – with film projections and ice cream — for both children and adults, inspired by a 1950s sci-fi universe of astronauts, aliens and space robots. Commissioned by Art Dubai Projects, From Morocco to the Moon is made possible with the support of Louis Vuitton.
Sign up for daily children’s workshops (for 4-10 year-olds) at the Projects Desk in the Arena Foyer.

18.00 – 18.30

TOUR | ABRAAJ CAPITAL ART PRIZE 2012

18.00 – 19.00

BOOK LAUNCH | EDGE OF ARABIA

Join the Edge of Arabia team and artists, including Ahmed Mater, Abdulnaser Gharem, Manal AlDowayan, Maha Malluh, Ayman Yosseri, Hala Ali, Noha AlSharif, Jowhara AlSaud and Sami AlTurki, to celebrate the launch of Edge of Arabia: Contemporary Art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, published by Booth-Clibborn Editions. Showing the work of 12 pioneering artists and milestone Edge of Arabia exhibitions in London, Venice, Berlin, Istanbul, Dubai, and Jeddah, this new publication offers an inspiring window into the contemporary life of a Kingdom in transition.

18.00 – 19.00

PERFORMANCE | CARLOS CELDRAN

18.30 – 19.00

ARTIST TALK | NUSRA QURESHI

Sutton Gallery, B16

18.30 – 19.00

TOUR | MARKER

19.00 – 20.00

ARTISTS’ TALK | YTO BARRADA & ZID ZIDS

Yto Barrada & Zid Zids discuss educational art projects

20.00 – 00.00

PERORMANCE NIGHT | TRACE

Co-produced by Art Dubai Projects and Traffic, the inaugural Performance Night at Art Dubai features an eclectic line-up of artists, poets, musicians, academics, curators, and collectors — most of whom are based in the UAE, including Hala Al Ali, Isak Berbic, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Anahita Razmi, Lantian Xie and WolfPakistan, plus the return to Dubai of musician Bunty with a late-night set.
(Last entrance is at 21.30. Please arrive via the Mina A’Salam entrance.)

FRIDAY MARCH 23

12.00 – 19.30

PUBLIC DAY

12.00 – 19.30

THE HATCH

14.00 – 15.00

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP | YTO BARRADA WITH ZID ZID KIDS

14.00 – 17.00

GLOBAL ART FORUM_6

16.00 – 17.00

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP | YTO BARRADA WITH ZID ZID KIDS

18.00 – 18.30

TOUR | ABRAAJ CAPITAL ART PRIZE 2012

18.00 – 19.00

PERFORMANCE | CARLOS CELDRAN

18.30 – 19.00

ARTIST TALK: ELISABETH GOWER

Sutton Gallery, B16

18.30 – 19.00

TOUR | MARKER

19.00 – 20.00

PERFORMANCE | KÖKEN ERGUN

SATURDAY MARCH 24

12.00 – 17.30

PUBLIC DAY

12.00 – 17.00

THE HATCH

12.30 – 13.30

LIVE REVIEW | ABRAAJ CAPITAL ART PRIZE 2012

Writers Murtaza Vali and Alexander Provan share their first critical impressions of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2012 exhibition Spectral Imprints with its artists Wael Shawky, Risham Syed, Taysir Batniji, Raed Yassin, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, and curator Nat Muller. Real-time, unedited and live.

13.00 – 13.30

TOUR | MARKER

14.00 – 15.00

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP | YTO BARRADA WITH ZID ZID KIDS

14.00 – 17.00

GLOBAL ART FORUM_6

16.00 – 17.00

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP | YTO BARRADA WITH ZID ZID KIDS

16.30 – 17.30

PERFORMANCE | CARLOS CELDRAN

On the 19th I am having a conflicting appointments, which I would love to see both, one in Sharjah and the other one at Serkal avenue (4 new studios are opening there. I think Sharjah will have to wait till the art week is over.

My wish though that we will be considering every artist and every inspiring artist, my wish is to see that at least for arts sake we do not discriminate against artists same as we discriminate against writers, designers, producers of films, film makers, and the array of art, culture, film, photography, music and design ( I call them the forgotten fields). I am sure someone will benefit from Artdubai (http://artdubai.ae/about) and the other events around it, I hope part of the benefit is actually also going to artists and some will go to charity.

See you all there. Just one point before I leave you to start my work drill, last night I visited “The Pavilion” a very nice art gallery, however despite loving the videos and the photos, I didn’t understand the acrobatic scenes that were taking place? and how those were considered ART? ah well, ce la vie!

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