Ithra Art Prize winner: Fahad bin Naif

Fahad bin Naif has been named by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) and Art Dubai as the winner of the third Ithra Art Prize. The Prize aims to promote the work of Saudi contemporary artists “on a […]


Finding 50 to Follow

The magpie team is once again putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are making a difference to the cultural and creative life of the Emirates. And we want […]


Okwui Enwezor named as curator of 2021 Sharjah Biennial

The noted critic, writer and curator Okwui Enwezor (1963–2019) has been named as curator of the next Sharjah Biennial, opening in March 2021. The theme will be ‘Thinking Historically in the Present’. Okwui Enwezor sadly passed away from cancer in […]


Art Basel inside Abu Dhabi for 300

Art Basel, the dominant organisers of art fairs around the world, is “further expanding its engagement beyond the core art world” with “a multi-faceted cultural experience” in Abu Dhabi next February. Art Basel Inside is a three-day conference and “immersive […]


Alternative tomorrows: Whitechapel comes to Dubai

Alserkal Arts Foundation is bringing the much-lauded Whitechapel Gallery Is This Tomorrow? group show to Dubai this November. You shouldn’t miss it. The exhibition, curated by Whitechapel Gallery’s chief curator Lydia Yee, is a response to the gallery’s landmark 1956 […]


Banking on art?

UPDATED 8 AUG 19 Noor Bank, the UAE’s leading Shari’ah-compliant bank, has introduced an interesting extra for its customers and others: Noor Art Online Gallery is a digital showcase for artworks, available for credit card purchase. This isn’t the kind […]


The Metamorphosis of DIFC?

Nesma Moharam’s winning piece for the ARTFIVEO open call has been unveiled at DIFC. Under the title Metamorphosis of Dubai, it’s a monumental mural 53 by 11m on the wall outside the nearly-completed ICD Brookfield Place tower, essentially a new […]


Local artists on film: the quick-start option

A few weeks ago we were sent a link to a five-minute YouTube vid of a Dubai artist talking about their work, inspiration and techniques. When you come across art and artists, you don’t usually get the backstory. So we […]