Abu Dhabi Art – day two
21 November @ 2.00 pm - 9.00 pmAED 55
The first full day for the eleventh edition of Abu Dhabi Art. It’s the mix as before, a programme of exhibitions, art installations, talks, workshops and performances plus a roster of public programming alongside the art fair.
Key components in the event’s programming include the Beyond series – Beyond: Artist Commissions consists of commissions for established contemporary artists to make site-specific works in Al Ain; and Beyond: Emerging Artists gives three emerging artists in the UAE a platform to develop their practice and realise ambitious art projects. The artists are invited to undertake a year-long programme under the mentorship and supervision of a guest curator, ahead of their projects being displayed in November.
The annual Gateway exhibition will also return this year, highlighting local and international artists through a unique curatorial approach with a guest curator. The Talks Programme promises “a series of stimulating cultural talks, conversations and book launches featuring some of the art world’s leading figures”. We should also see some of the fruits of the Art + Technology artist’s residency at Khalifa University; and the winning project in the Pavilion Prize architecture competition for UAE students will be on show at the fair.
Artist and writer Ebtisam Abdulaziz has been selected for the fair’s visual campaign. “Working with Abu Dhabi Art is a unique opportunity, and the event itself has inspired my new series [Life in a Bag]; it documents visitors’ bags from Abu Dhabi Art 2018, reflecting the diverse cultures and personalities it brings together. I think of them as portraits; through these items, culture, personality, social life, and different tastes are captured.”
The AED 55 ticket is good for all three days, including access to talks (21-23 November). There’s no single-day ticket.