Creative economy

The creative pivot away from oil in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi government is planning to invest a further $6bn in the cultural and creative industries over the next five years as the emirate uses the need for a post-pandemic stimulus to continue its diversification away from its economic […]

Art

Mastering fine art: the MFA course at NYUAD

There’s something about a Master of Fine Arts course. Unlike most other masters degrees, it’s practice-based rather than focussed on academic theory and analysis; an MFA is intended to develop advanced creative skills. So an institution that offers the course […]

Art

Sharjah Biennial takes the conservative option

Sharjah Art Foundation has postponed the 15th edition of the Sharjah Biennial again. Already delayed from 2021, SB15 had been rescheduled for March 2022; it will now open in February 2023. Hoor Al Qasimi, director of both SAF and the […]

Competition

DFF’s smart toys competition has a winner

Dubai Future Foundation’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution UAE (C4IR UAE) has named LuxAI the winner of its Smart Toys Competition. LuxAI, a spinoff from the University of Luxembourg, has a kid-sized bot named QTrobot that initially allows children […]

Art

Abu Dhabi Art comes to London

Abu Dhabi Art is taking works by Emirati artists Hind Mezaina, Afra Al Dhaheri and Afra Al Suwaidi to London, with a show running at Cromwell Place from 2 to 13 June. The pieces on show were created for last […]

Award

Arabic typography goes mainstream?

Arabic typography is to be featured as a new category in the Al Burda Award 2021. The competition for the Award – postponed last year because of the pandemic, and misleadingly singular (there are awards in several categories) – is […]