Campus Art Dubai (CAD) is the first and only programme of its kind in the UAE; the intensive six-month seminar and residency programme provides Emirati and UAE-based artists with the opportunity to develop their practices under the mentorship of world renowned tutors and to showcase their work during Art Week.

Meetings occur over weekends and feature group critiques, discussions, and presentations, taught and led by a local and international cast of academics, critics, curators and artists. The course provides and services a space for critical thinking and the exchange of ideas and skills, in which participants are encouraged to collaborate, debate and challenge.

Following the educational part of the programme, artists will participate in a 2-month residency, during which they will receive support in transforming and developing their initial research ideas into work which can be produced and exhibited, receive access to studio spaces and production facilities, have the opportunity to take part in a range of public events and open studios, and be able to exhibit their work in a final curated group exhibition during Art Week.

Applications for CAD 7.0 are now open. The deadline for applications is September 16, 2018.


CAD 7.0 participants will be tutored by Uzma Z. Rizvi and Murtaza Vali, alongside a Guest Curator, as well as a number of Dubai-based gallerists including Asmaa Al Shabibi (Lawrie Shabibi Gallery), Kourosh Nouri (Carbon 12), Charles Pocock (Meem Gallery), Sunny Rahbar (The Third Line) and Ead Samawi (Ayyam Gallery).

Murtaza Vali is a Brooklyn and Sharjah-based critic and curator. He regularly publishes in various international art periodicals and has presented exhibitions at and contributed to publications for non-profit institutions, art fairs and commercial galleries around the globe. He is a Visiting Instructor at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and a member of Art Jameel’s Curatorial Council.

Uzma Z. Rizvi is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at the Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, where she teaches anthropology, ancient urbanism, critical heritage studies, art and social change and the postcolonial critique. Rizvi is also a Visiting Researcher in the Department of International Studies at the American University of Sharjah. Rizvi (w/ Amal Khalaf) directed Art Dubai’s 2016 Global Art Forum, The Future Was.