CAMPUS ART DUBAI 2.0



Campus Art Dubai (CAD) is a school for artists, curators, writers, architects, designers and cultural producers based in the UAE. Meetings occur over weekends and feature courses, talks, workshops, taught and led by a local and international cast of academics, critics, curators and artists. The course provides a space for critical thinking and the exchange of ideas and skills, with participants encouraged to collaborate, debate and challenge.


Campus Art Dubai 2.0 ran concurrent Core and Membership programmes in partnership with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.





MEMBERSHIP


Membership participants met once a month and could opt in or out of a series of lectures, talks, workshops, and panel discussions according to their schedules.


Participants had access to key figures in the local arts community who helped to develop skills and portfolios as well as an understanding of regional art history and the context for their work. Workshops included a focus on art and film, through a collaboration with the Dubai International Film Festival, plus practical sessions that helped develop skills in presenting and writing about participants’ work.





CORE


Core participants met twice a month on alternating Saturdays. Attendence was mandatory and participants worked together towards a collaborative project as well as individually on personal projects. Participants had access to group critiques, one-on-one mentorship and seminars lead by local and international visiting tutors. CAD 2.0’s theme was Mediation and was developed with lead tutor Tirdad Zolghadr.



These workshops were usually on Saturdays and open only to Members of Campus Art Dubai on a first-come first-served sign-up basis. Additionally, community events designed to help participants meet like-minded practitioners and perhaps begin collaborative ventures were held frequently. The programme also included talks and seminars, typically taking place on a Sunday evening and open to Membership programme participants as well as Core participants, and occasionally also to the public.



CAD 2.0 CORE

THEME


Mediation – media, medium, mediating; through the course of CAD 2.0, we used these key words as a through-line to investigate how intervention, agency and access affect the making, framing, delivery, circulation and viewing of images.




TEACHING METHODS


Skills: developing and articulating the practices of locally-based artists / writers / curators, through discussions, talks, workshops and mentoring, all informed by regular readings, plus visits to exhibitions and artists’ studios.

Feedback: presenting work and learning strategies for critique, self-critique and self-motivated practice; all participants present their work and discuss it with the class and visiting tutors at least twice over the six-month period.

Access: to international, regional, and local tutors, perspectives and audiences.

Projects: participants develop their own projects, and also work collaboratively on a project with the CAD Core class.




HOW


Group Critique – participants will each present their work twice across the six-month course
Workshops – hands-on, collaborative sessions led by tutors
Talks – lectures and seminars delivered by visiting professionals
Mentoring – one-on-one advisory sessions with tutors




Participants selected by the tutorial committee for Campus Art Dubai 2.0’s Core programme 2013-14 were:


Alicia Hughes

Vikram Divecha

Ignacio Gomez

Wael Hattar

Ferwa Ibrahim

Sheikha Wafa Hasher AlMaktoum

Hasnat Mehmood

Ipek Ulusoy Akgul

Raja’a Khalid



Saira Ansari

Sara Al Haddad

Maryam Al Qassimi

Faysal Tabbara

Sarah Turner

Suheyla Takesh

UBIK

Zarmina Rafi



CAMPUS ART DUBAI: SERVED

As part of Campus Art Dubai 2.0’s Core class, participants authored, edited, and designed a collaborative publication titled Campus Art Dubai: Served which was launched in limited edition book form at Art Dubai 2014 and is available to view below and available to download here.



MEMBERSHIP

Campus Art Dubai is an alternative “school” for artists, curators, writers, cultural producers, and art workers based in the UAE. CAD is dedicated to proving a space for critical thinking and the exchange of ideas and skills. Participants are encouraged to collaborate, debate, and challenge.


Through a series of workshops, participants will have access to key figures in the local arts community who will help to develop skills and portfolios as well as an understanding of regional art history and the context for their work. This year’s workshops include a focus on art and film, through a collaboration with the Dubai International Film Festival, plus practical sessions that help you develop your skills in presenting and writing about your work. These workshops are usually on Saturdays and open only to Members of Campus Art Dubai on a first-come first-served sign-up basis.


Occasional community events are designed to help you meet like-minded practitioners and perhaps begin your collaborative ventures.
The programme also includes talks and seminars, typically taking place on a Sunday evening and are open to Membership programme participants as well as CORE participants, and occasionally also to the public.


CAD 2.0 Membership programme is generously hosted by a number of not-for-profit spaces in the UAE, including thejamjar, Satellite, AlSerkal Avenue, among others.