The Dubai Collection gets an airing

The Dubai Collection, the loaned collection of modern and contemporary art for the emirate of Dubai, has announced a series of events under the title Dubai Collection Nights. It’s due to become an annual week-long diary date, with its first [ … ]


What does ‘Arabic art’ mean?

One of the functions of art, and particularly of art exhibitions, and most especially of not-for-profit exhibitions that carry an explicit theme, is to encourage reflection. Yes, there should be a visceral, personal reaction: at its best, the art will [ … ]


Six for IPAF shortlist

A shortlist of six novels has been named for the 16th International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Each of the authors gets $10,000, with the winner – to be announced in Abu Dhabi on 21 May – receiving an additional $50,000. There [ … ]


Planning for peace at RAKFAF

On the edge of the Al Jazeera Al Hamra festival village for the ongoing Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival is an installation of 36 carefully placed stones. Seen from above they form the shape of a stylised bird, the [ … ]


Talking art

Alserkal’s Majlis Talks on 28 February represent a useful contribution to the UAE art scene. A key part of Alserkal Art Week, they’re informal, commendably short, and meaty; as such they should provide both stimulus and incentive – a taster [ … ]

Art Fair

All’s fair: Art Dubai is back

Art Dubai’s organisers say the 2023 programme is the fair’s most extensive and ambitious to date, cementing its increasing significance in the international art market and in particular celebrating the March dates as “the meeting point for the Global South’s [ … ]