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Campus Art Dubai (CAD) is part of Art Dubai’s extensive year-round programming and aims to provide existing and aspiring members of the region’s cultural and creative community with educational and professional opportunities. CAD was the first programme of its kind in the region and has continuously developed and reinvented itself over its past iterations.

Dubai Culture & Arts Authority is the Strategic Partner of Campus Art Dubai.

Campus Art Dubai 10.0 Professional Development

CAD 10.0 Professional Development provides aspiring art professionals with exclusive access to the arts industry, offering insights to key roles in the art and culture sector, as well as professional opportunities to facilitate career growth. The programme is designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of how different creative institutions function, while also addressing the skills and local context to help participants to succeed in a new field.

Participants can expect to gain first-hand exposure to the main departments of the fair: VIP relations, gallery relations, operations, communications and programming, as well as gaining exclusive access to local institutions that build the core of the creative industry in the UAE. In addition, participating fellows will be given the opportunity to take part in a 2-month placement with either Art Jameel, Alserkal Avenue, or 421.

Applications are now closed, please stay tuned for CAD 11.0

CAD 10.0 Professional Development is made up of three key elements:


The programming department oversees the development and implementation of Art Dubai’s non-commercial and partner programmes, ranging from research to budgeting, communication, planning, execution, and reporting. Through a variety of initiatives such as Campus Art Dubai and Art Dubai Commissions, the programming department is responsible for creating meaningful experiences and building relationships with artists and curators locally, elevating Art Dubai’s mission of supporting the development of the local cultural ecosystem and putting modern and contemporary art from the Global South on the international cultural map.


The VIP department is responsible for overseeing all aspects of VIP initiatives, particularly focusing on developing outreach programmes and cultivating relationships with VIP and institutional audiences relevant to the fair.  The department is responsible for growing and sustaining Art Dubai’s existing network of VIPs, as well as engaging top collectors (local, regional and international) through events and bespoke programming.


The Gallery relations department is responsible for all participating galleries and their exhibitions at the fair. The department liaises with guest curators, committees, contractors, and logistics, and manages all communication with galleries with regards to their participation at the fair including but not limited to floorplans, exhibiting artworks, price lists and catalogue content.


The communications department is responsible for all of Art Dubai’s messaging and PR as well as any communications-related partnership deliverables. Through social and digital media channels, content creation and management, and media partnerships, the department’s key mission is to amplify the fair’s position in the global, regional, and local media landscape as well as to successfully drive physical and digital footfall to the fair’s content through its owned channels and strategic marketing initiatives.


The production department is responsible for overseeing all logistics involved in the production of the fair and the Art Dubai website and mobile application. The department assists in the management of fair partnerships and production of the fair’s programming such as commissions, performances, third party spaces, and after parties.


Led by Artistic Director, Pablo del Val


Led by Regional Director, Hala Khayat

and VIP Relations Associate Director, Zain Mahjoub


Led by Art Dubai Executive Director, Benedetta Ghione


Led by Senior Fair Manager, Emily Charles


Led by Communications Manager, Julia Korotkova

and Social Media Manager, Prerna Mishra


Led by Programme Coordinator, Saad Kabbara

We will be engaging with our partners in two ways. The first element is a visit of the creative industries in the U.A.E. The CAD cohort will be visiting local art and culture institutions; touring the space, meeting the team, and getting an idea of the impact each has on the local arts ecosystem.

In the second engagement, a trainee will be paired with either Alserkal Avenue, Jameel Arts Centre, or 421; completing a two-month internship and learning from leading figures in the field.

Participants will gain insights to:

  • How the institution programmes and engages with the local community
  • How to work with curators and art practitioners
  • The preparation that goes into creating an exhibition or commission
  • What makes a successful arts institution
  • Skills that are important in the creative industry
  • The different roles and positions that are available as a professional in the industry
  • A Q&A session with the team behind each institution




Founded in 2007 by Emirati businessman and patron Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Alserkal is renowned for their ground-breaking artistic productions, experimental approach, and for the creation of culturally meaningful spaces that inspire and shape communities.

Spanning 500,000 sqft in the Al Quoz industrial area of Dubai, Alserkal Avenue is home to a community of over 70 contemporary art galleries, visual and performing arts organisations, designers, home-grown and entrepreneur-led businesses, and community spaces. As one of the region’s foremost destinations for contemporary art, and home to Dubai’s risk-takers, makers and wide-ranging creative communities, the Avenue provides cultural experiences for local, regional and international audiences through its extensive year-round programming.




Founded and supported by the Jameel family philanthropies, Art Jameel is an independent organisation headquartered in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and works globally. Art Jameel’s programmes supporting artists and creative communities – across exhibitions, commissions, research, learning and community-building  – are grounded in a dynamic understanding of the arts as fundamental to life and accessible to all. 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 two institutions  Jameel Arts Centre, an innovative contemporary institution in Dubai, UAE, and Hayy Jameel, a dedicated home for the arts in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia are complemented by digital initiatives plus collaborations with major institutional partners, including Delfina Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts and the Victoria and Albert Museum. 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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421 is an independent, anti-disciplinary platform dedicated to emerging artists and creative practitioners in the UAE and across the region. A site for research, learning and experimentation, 421 provides a nurturing environment for emergent creative practices and those who want to harness the arts as an agent for social inquiry and transformation. 

Located in Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed, 421 presents a year-round program of exhibitions, talks, workshops, special events and educational initiatives that offer accessible learning opportunities to the wider community and the general public. Many of the 421 programs are organized in collaboration with local, regional and international partners, engaging children, students, educators, and creative professionals in a participatory approach to artistic and creative practices. These programs are designed to develop artistic and creative skills, supporting the growth of the UAE’s creative ecosystem. 

Previously known as Warehouse421, 421 was established in 2015 inside a renovated warehouse that was repurposed as an exhibition and community space featuring galleries, studios, courtyards, co-working spaces, a library and cafe, and a public, outdoor plaza that serves as a multipurpose venue for film screenings, symposia, performances, art installations, and other special programs.