Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts, heritage, and literature, organised a panel discussion that was attended by art aficionados. The panel took place alongside the first international retrospective of Emirati artist Abdulqader Al Rais, taking place at the Arab World Institute in Paris from 25th September – 21st October.

In accordance with the agenda, renowned artist Abdulqader Al Rais held a live drawing workshop for exhibition visitors for an hour and a half, showcasing some drawing techniques, and sharing with them insights on the many skills he acquired across his extensive career.

Upon the workshop’s completion, a panel discussion entitled ‘The UAE Art Scene Today’ took place wherein the panellists unanimously commended the United Arab Emirates for successfully becoming a strong cultural centre in less than two decades, with an arts scene that features solid activities and programmes, including biennial exhibitions and a variety of other art exhibitions that are gaining wide international recognition.

One of the UAE’s many accomplishments in this relatively short period of time is its transformation to a flourishing art market, becoming a vital regional destination for artists and their activities. In consolidation, panellists during the same session, presented evidence of the UAE’s art scene’s vitality and sustainability. Along with Abdulqader Al Rais, the panel brought together three important figures: Vilma Jukurte, Director of Alserkal Avenue; Isabelle de la Bruyere, Senior Director & Head of Client Advisory Europe, Middle East, Russia & India at Christie’s; and Khalil Abdulwahid, Director of Fine Arts Department at Dubai Culture, while the session was moderated by Myrna Ayad, Art Advisor.

During the panel, Dubai Culture’s representative offered a comprehensive description of the role that the Authority played in promoting the artistic landscape, reviewing several initiatives, events, and other activities carried out by Dubai Culture at local, regional, and international levels.

Jukurti's 10-year experience with Alserkal Avenue was highlighted when she stressed the role played by her organisation, describing it as a prestigious organic hub that supports Dubai’s culture, society in general, and art lovers in particular. She concluded by pointing out the creative, dynamic, effective spirit, and distinct cultural identity that is enjoyed by Dubai.

Isabelle de la Bruyere highlighted her experience during her stay in Dubai where she launched the first regional art auctions and witnessed the rapid growth of Dubai’s art scene in particular and in the rest of the UAE in general. Following that, Abdulqader Al Rais employed his extensive experience to highlight the tremendous changes that the UAE has undergone since the 1960s.

Dubai Culture's commitment to enrich Dubai’s cultural landscape is part of its mission to showcase the Emirate as a growing cultural capital in the region and the world, while protecting, promoting, and transmitting the UAE’s heritage to future generations. The Authority’s mandate is to build bridges of constructive dialogue between different civilisations and cultures through enriching initiatives that benefit the Emirate’s citizens, residents, and visitors.

 

Source: Cicero and Bernay