PROGRAMME SUPPORTERS



Art Dubai would like to thank the following for their support towards Art Dubai 2017-18:




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Art Jameel is a not-for-profit organisation that supports artists and creative communities. Current initiatives include running heritage institutes and restoration programmes, plus a broad range of arts and educational initiatives for all ages. The organisation’s programmes foster the role of the arts in building open, connected communities; at a time of flux and dramatic societal shifts, this role is understood as more crucial than ever.


Art Jameel’s model is collaborative: major institutional partners include the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; locally, the organisation works with individuals and organisations to develop innovative programming that embraces both ancient and new technologies, and encourages entrepreneurship and the development of cultural networks.


Art Jameel is positioned alongside Community Jameel, and complements its sister organisation’s work in promoting positive social change, job creation and poverty alleviation across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.



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The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture’s building with its unique architecture rises as a shining beacon of knowledge in Dhahran’s skyline. This cultural institution, which is an initiative by Saudi Aramco, is significantly located near the Prosperity Well where oil was first discovered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The purpose of this ambitious initiative is to accelerate the Kingdom’s transformation into a knowledge-based economy as envisioned by HM King Abdullah who laid the foundation stone for this iconic building.

The Center features a modern architectural design, state-of-the-art technologies, unique learning tools, and enriching programs. It is an important platform for artists, designers, intellectuals and innovators. The Center – a diverse cultural space – has a 21st century library, an idea lab, an oasis for children, a four-gallery museum, art exhibits, an archives gallery, an energy exhibit, and a knowledge tower which stands at its heart to offer educational programs that cater to all age groups and fields. The Center’s programs were all designed to inspire the community, enrich the culture, and support the Kingdom’s efforts towards establishing a knowledge-based economy.

Since 2012, the Center has introduced a number of initiatives including a modern and contemporary arts exhibition in collaboration with Centre Pompidou, the Bridges art residency which aims to create cross-cultural dialogue, and most recently the introduction of the ‘Ithra Art Prize’.

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The Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program is supported by The Cultural Office of Her Highness Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


Established in early 2013 to serve as the official platform to develop and activate substantial art movements as milestones within the region. Many existing art-related projects have now been directly placed under the cultural office and a lot more of future planned programs will help raise the profile of the pool of talents existing in the region. The Cultural Office combines the best art practices and concepts from around the world and tailors it to respect and preserve our legacy and culture in the Arab world for International recognition.



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Global Art Forum 12 was supported by Dubai Design District (d3).


Dubai Design District, better known as d3, is dedicated to fostering the growth of the Emirate’s design, art and luxury industry. It offers businesses, entrepreneures and individuals a creative community that will be at the very heart of the region’s design scene.



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The design of the gallery halls is advised by Ibda Design, an architecture, urban and interior design practice based in Dubai, led by architects Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto.


Ibda Design is an international Architecture, Urban and Interior Design practice based in Dubai with collaboration offices in Beirut and Tokyo. The firm was founded by Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto. Ibda Design has a multi-disciplinary approach to design, addressing the social, nvironmental, economic and technological aspects of each project in order to tailor a highly specific concept to the given context. Ibda Design develops projects of varying scale and program, approaching each in a unique manner, with the ultimate aim of delivering a distinctive and high quality design. Ibda in arabic means [start].



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Art Dubai Residents is supported by in5.


in5 is an enabling platform for entrepreneurs and startups, fostering innovation and helping new ideas reach the marketplace. Launched by TECOM Group, in5 offers five key benefits, which comprise a robust business set-up framework, training and mentorship, networking, investment opportunities, and cutting-edge prototyping labs, studios and creative workspaces.


in5’s three specialized innovation centers, tailored to Tech, Design and Media, provide aspiring students, entrepreneurs and startups with access to a community of creative minds, facilitating the constant exchange of knowledge and exposing members to best practices and latest thinking in running successful businesses.


At in5, it is our mandate to help inventive companies grow locally, so they make a tangible difference globally, by providing an enabling environment across the full lifecycle of the business.


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Art Dubai Residents is supported by Tashkeel.


Established in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel is a contemporary art organisation based in Dubai committed to facilitating art and design practice, creative experimentation and cross-cultural dialogue. Placing the artist at the core, Tashkeel supports the UAE’s creative community through studio facilities, artists’ residencies, international fellowships, exhibitions, events, and workshops.


As part of its commitment to support locally-based creatives, Tashkeel offers two annual programmes providing support and encouragement for both designers and artists. The Tanween programme is one of Tashkeel’s core initiatives, supporting selected designers living and working in the UAE to develop a range of products that are showcased at Design Days Dubai and are available as limited editions under Tashkeel’s design product label, Tanween. The Critical Practice Programme, provides sustained and empowering support to up to three artists each year to develop their work in an environment that encourages progressive experimentation and cross-cultural exchange. The programme feeds into Tashkeel’s exhibition schedule, with participating artists exhibiting their works in the gallery.


Tashkeel’s exhibition space accommodates up to six main projects a year, as well as a series of small-scale events. The programme includes solo and thematic exhibitions, screenings, workshops and seminars, fulfilling Tashkeel’s commitment to bringing art and culture to a wider audience and engaging the local community.


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Art Dubai Residents is supported by Warehouse421.


Warehouse421 is a thriving hub for art and culture, design and creativity, performance and music in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s historic Mina Zayed district. Converted from two former industrial warehouses, Warehouse421 showcases the works of local, regional and international artists, designers and performers throughout the year, while providing a rare glimpse into the processes and techniques behind their creations.  Warehouse421 also encourages members of the public to explore their own creativity through interactive initiatives including talks, workshops, film screenings and performances.  Designed by the respected Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Warehouse421 is supported by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation as part of its mission to facilitate wider engagement with the arts and culture in the UAE.



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Global Art Forum 12 was supported by Wicked.


Wicked is specialized in offering unique, versatile and dynamic venue solutions to the Middle East market. WICKED can support you in the creation of permanent, semi-permanent or temporary venues for a multitude of purposes. We can deliver a stand-alone structure or a fully serviced solution aligned to your exact requirements. Whatever package or service level is chosen, a Wicked venue is guaranteed to exceed your expectations and change your perception of a temporary structure forever!



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The Room was supported by Ixina.


Created in 1997, the Ixina brand has grown quickly, becoming the brand leader in kitchen retail on its original Belgian market and increasing the number of point of sales around the world to more than 200 showrooms.

One of a kind, Ixina stores specialize in the distribution of high quality, customized fitted kitchens at truly competitive prices. The kitchens are fully assembled furniture from German leading manufacturers. Ixina stores also offer an extensive choice of electrical appliances from large, reputable brands. With an original concept regarding sales and stores, Ixina offers the best value for money with the best human support.



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Sky News Arabia was The Room’s official media partner.


Sky News Arabia is a 50-50 joint venture between Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corp (ADMIC), a private investment company, and Sky PLC, the UK’s leading pay television provider.

Based in Abu Dhabi, Sky News Arabia is a multi-platform news organization that delivers Arabic-language news on a free-to-air news channel, a video-rich website, mobile devices & most social media platforms.

Sky News Arabia provides comprehensive coverage of the regional and international news agenda and content is being created and delivered by more than 500 multimedia journalists, supported by a full technical and operations team, broadcasting to over 50 million households in both HD and SD formats.

Sky News Arabia also operates a network of over 30 newsgathering bureaus across the MENA region, including offices in London and Washington DC. Sky News Arabia also have access to Sky News’ wider network of international bureaus and newsgathering resources.

The company is committed to engaging staff from the UAE and across the MENA region, working with the community to develop local talent.



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