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Aidah designed by Boano Prišmontas + Ricardas Blazukas

Applications are now open for UAE-based practitioners to create the inaugural large-scale site-specific installation as part of Dubai Public Art to be unveiled to the public in late 2023.


Dubai Public Art is a new multi-year government-led initiative for the emirate of Dubai aimed at promoting commissions and installations for the public realm, funded and supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (DCAA). The selection process and production for this first commission will be managed in partnership with Art Dubai.


The proposed installation is intended to be placed within the grounds of the public garden in the Al Hudaiba area, overlooking the Etihad Museum and Union House. Proposals are expected to create an opportunity for dialogue with the architecture of the Etihad Museum and Union House and for reflection on the significance of this location in UAE history.

Shortlisted applicants will receive a fee of $5,000 to cover the costs of preparing a detailed proposal and maquette.

The deadline to submit the applications is Monday 13 February 2023, 23:59 UAE time. Full details and instructions for those interested in submitting an initial proposal can be found by clicking the link at the end of this page.


Applications can come from individuals or collectives/collaborative groups

Applicants are expected to fulfil the following essential criteria:

To be based in UAE
The proposal is for original work, never exhibited before and newly produced for this commission
The applicant has demonstrable experience in producing significant bodies of work in the past 2-5 years
The applicant has demonstrable experience working with fabrication and installation contractors for complex projects

Additional desirable criteria include:

Experience in delivering installations in the public realm
Applications should not be part of an ongoing project or series (a series is intended as a work deriving from an existing idea,
conceptual framework or methodology previously displayed)


All applicants should be aware of the following key milestones and submit their material in accordance with the
stated deadlines in order for their proposals to be considered:

This open call, published on 13 January 2023, marks the beginning of the selection process.

Any questions or clarifications related to this stage must be submitted in writing and answers will be shared with all applicants on a fortnightly basis, specifically on 23 January and 3 February 2023. The deadline for submitting questions is 31 January 2023.

All initial proposals are to be received by Monday 13 February 2023, 23:59 pm UAE time

During the detailed proposal preparation stage, applicants will be assigned a contact point at ADG who will be available to answer specific questions and organise site visits. The deadline for site visits and questions at this stage will be 13 March 2023.

Final, complete proposals are to be received by Monday 10 April 2023, 23:59 pm UAE time

A public announcement of the winning proposal will be made in spring of 2023


Apply now for Dubai Public Art – Open Call


Art Dubai is also running an educational programme in line with the Dubai Public Art Commission. If you would like to learn more about public art commissioning and gain access to workshop and seminar sessions with public art specialists, please click the link below to know more about CAD 10.0 X Dubai Public Art.