Warehouse421 Set To Diversify Its Space This Year

Feb 18,2018

After two years as an active participant in Abu Dhabi’s creative ecosystem, Warehouse421 is set to further diversify its space to support and engage in a spectrum of activity related to creative learning, making, exhibiting and the selling of local and regional creations. 

In March 2018, Warehouse421 will incorporate spaces for UAE’s artists and designers:

  • Nagwa Design Studio: Nagwa is an original design studio specializing in product design inspired by the people, places and stories of the United Arab Emirates. The space will serve as their commercial space and a place for designers, creatives and members of the public to engage with Nagwa designers, read in Nagwa’s library or purchase Nagwa products.
  • Artist Studios: Three new spaces for artistic production within Warehouse421, will be inaugurated through a partnership with Art Dubai Residencies where three international fine artists will occupy the studios for up to eight weeks to explore their practice in the UAE. The inaugural artists in residence are Iabadiou Piko from Indonesia, Kristina Alisauskaite from Lithuania, and Faris Alosaimi from Saudi Arabia.

Faisal Al Hassan, Manager at Warehouse421, commented “Since its inception, Warehouse421 has been dedicated to supporting the creative community. The development of our space - accompanied by enhanced programming and events for our audiences - marks a significant step in our mission to provide for the evolving needs of the creative ecosystem here in the UAE. We are excited to build on the exhibitions, discussions, workshops and other events we have held here to incorporate new offerings and facilities. We know that creative people need spaces to work, think and engage with others in the field, and this fuels our drive to develop Warehouse421, both in terms of facilities and programming, to become an important hub for the UAE’s artists and designers.”

Expanded Monthly Programming

Building on the success of Wednesdays at the Warehouse, Warehouse421 will deliver an increased number of learning opportunities, activities and events for the public.  An enhanced monthly programme will see activities offered throughout the week, as well as workshops and film screenings conducted with a growing list of community partners, including Nagwa Designs, Cinema Akil and the Zayed University Middle East Film Festival (ZUMEFF). 

Warehouse421 will also host, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Art, a second edition of the popular Galleries Week, an art market for commercial galleries to exhibit and sell their work, offering the community an opportunity to purchase artworks for under USD 10,000.

Exhibitions for Spring 2018 in the Pipeline

In Spring 2018, in collaboration with the National Pavilion UAE la Biennale di Venezia, Warehouse421 will bring to the UAE for the first time the UAE’s national exhibitions presented at the Venice Biennale’s 2016 Architecture Exhibition and 2017 Contemporary Art Exhibition editions.

A hub for creativity and an active participant in Abu Dhabi’s creative ecosystem, Warehouse421 is dedicated to supporting learning, making, exhibition and commercial activity relevant to the local and regional creative industries. 

Since November 2015, Warehouse421 has showcased the work of local and regional creative professionals and provided a place for creatives to formally and informally convene.  It has hosted 11 number of exhibitions featuring more than 200 local and regional artists and designers. 


For further details and updates, visit www.warehouse421.ae