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As the art world continues to adapt and evolve in the digital and NFT realms, new communities are emerging to support these worlds, involving new creators and stakeholders. In 2022 Art Dubai launched Art Dubai Digital – a new dedicated section of the fair examining the context out of which NFTs, cryptocurrency, video art, and virtual reality (VR) have grown since the rise of digital art in the 1980s and recognising those who are leading the way in the rapidly expanding and developing digital art space.

Art Dubai Digital features a curated section that represents a broad geographic base – including traditional gallery models, digitally native platforms and collectives, and presentations by some of the most exciting and innovative artists working in the digital space today.

The first edition of Art Dubai Digital was curated by Chris Fussner, web3 specialist and Director of Tropical Futures Institute, a leading design strategy studio in Cebu, Philippines that elevates early stage artists and web3 tech startups. The second edition in 2023 was curated by Clara Che Wei Peh, educator and arts writer based in Singapore, founder of NFT Asia, a digitally native artist collective in the Web 3.0 ecosystem.