Jameel Arts Centre Opens Its Doors In Dubai

Nov 11,2018

The Jameel Arts Centre is an innovative cultural destination developed by Art Jameel, an independent organisation that supports arts, education and heritage in the Middle East.

Located on the Jaddaf Waterfront in Dubai this 10,000-square-metre, three-storey, multi-disciplinary space took four years to build and is the first non-governmental contemporary arts institution of its kind in the Gulf. 

The centre's opening exhibition features a series of four solo shows by eminent artists from the Middle East and Asia. This includes Maha Malluh, Lala Rukh, Chiharu Shiota and Mounira Al Solh. 

Departure by Chiharu Shiota

A selection of large-scale installations and sculptural works are also on view on the centre’s rooftop, while a series of permanent gardens surround the building.

"Today reflects the culmination of years of engagement with communities in the region and globally with Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai", said Antonia Carver, Director of Art Jameel. "It is our first dedicated space that will not only be able to present dynamic exhibitions and new commissions, but also offer an unparalleled public resource for research and documentation. We’re set on developing new, innovative avenues for engagement with diverse communities: youth, academics, artists and the general public.”

The centre's rooftop 

The venue will also cater to ongoing research, education and programming through Jameel Library, the UAE’s first open-access contemporary arts library and resource centre. The library features a bilingual collection of nearly 3,000 books, journals, catalogues and theses. 

Jameel Library

The opening also marks the launch of Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park, Dubai’s first open-air art park and the Middle Eastern/Asian premiere of Waterlight, an immersive light installation by renowned Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde.

For more info visit artjameel.org

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