Bulgari backs Dubai Culture’s talent

The Bulgari Contemporary Art Award is a new addition to the roster of opportuniites available to UAE-based artists. It’s not an open call, however, despite the promises that it will “support and inspire talents and empower them to be globally […]


RAKFAF: the unusual arts festival

The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival is back for its ninth annual edition, running 6 February to 3 April at three RAK locations and carrying the theme of Hope. As Festival Director Suqrat bin Bisher put it: “As we […]


Life cycling

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipalities and Transport has an AED 8 million programme named ‘For Abu Dhabi’ with a brief to “enhance the Emirates’ urban spaces and nature sites in order to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors” by […]


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 […]


50 To Follow

Here it is: the 2019 edition of magpie’s 50 To Follow. Like most retrospective lists, it’s intended as a conversation piece. We fully expect you to disagree with our inclusions, and with the (admittedly pretty arbitrary) ranking that we’ve given […]


Founder’s Memorial to open 22 April in Abu Dhabi

The Founder’s Memorial, a permanent national tribute commemorating the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, opens in Abu Dhabi on 22 April to mark the start of the Year of Zayed. The Memorial uses art, landscape, words, stories and […]


November opening for Jameel Arts Centre

Art Jameel has announced that its purpose-built contemporary arts institution Jameel Arts Centre will open its doors on 11 November. It’s also been announced that the Arts Centre will become home to the collection of the Abraaj Group Art Prize. […]


Inaugural Art Jameel Commission for sculpture awarded

The Kuwait-based artists Alia Farid and Aseel AlYaqoub have been named as the inaugural recipients of the Art Jameel Commissions: Sculpture commission. It will be unveiled at the opening later this year of the Jameel Arts Centre on Dubai Creek. […]