For its 12th edition, Art Dubai introduced a new gallery programme dedicated to solo presentations from invited galleries whose artists took part in a 4-8 week residency. The programme took place in the UAE and encouraged artists to immerse themselves in the local art scene to create a body of work which merged their distinct artistic practice with their surroundings. The final works were displayed in the new section of the fair, presented by the artists’ respective galleries.
Residents 2018 presented an intimate selection of 11 solo gallery presentations by artists from around the world working across all media. The galleries in this section were presented in a special exhibition between the two Contemporary gallery halls. The programme aimed to support artists by providing a platform to develop their practice and create new work inspired and influenced by their stay in the UAE. Framed within a unique geographical and cultural context, Residents further aimed to facilitate exchange and dialogue between artists, local communities and the broader cultural landscape.
The inaugural edition of Residents was accompanied by a range of public events and open studios, hosted by the residency spaces, giving the public an opportunity to interact with the artists and follow the production of their works up until their presentation at Art Dubai 2018. The programme was concluded with a round-table discussion, including representatives from each of the residency spaces as well as the artists.
Art Dubai was supported by in5, Tashkeel and Warehouse421.