Art Jameel, a non-profit organisation that supports arts, education and heritage in the Middle East, has recently announced a number of initiatives designed to enrich the thriving cultural scene in the region and beyond. Art Jameel’s partnership with The Met continues the organisation’s core mandate to raise the profile of contemporary Middle Eastern artists and increase international dialogue.
Art Jameel, a non-profit organisation that supports arts, education and heritage in the Middle East, has recently announced a number of initiatives designed to enrich the thriving cultural scene in the region and beyond.
Building upon its strong history of exhibitions, educational initiatives, institutional partnerships and community outreach, Art Jameel is entering a new phase of development, marked by two major announcements: a new Arts Centre in Dubai, due to open in winter 2018 and a long-term partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will enable the Museum to acquire works by modern and contemporary artists from the Middle East.
One of the first non-profit contemporary arts institutions in Dubai, the Jameel Arts Centre Dubai will present curated exhibitions that draw from the Jameel Art Collection, as well as regional and international solo and group shows. The Jameel Arts Centre—a 10,000 square metre, three-storey multi-disciplinary space designed by UK-based firm Serie Architects—is designed as a hub for educational and research initiatives, while its wider programming embraces collaboration and partnerships with local, regional and international artists, curators and organisations. Art Jameel is developing a Curatorial Council to advise on its exhibitions and collections programming, which at this stage includes Jessica Morgan, director, Dia Art Foundation, New York, and the curator and writer Murtaza Vali, based between Sharjah and New York.
Art Jameel’s partnership with The Met continues the organisation’s core mandate to raise the profile of contemporary Middle Eastern artists and increase international dialogue.
Located at the tip of Dubai’s Culture Village, overlooking the Dubai Creek, the Serie-Architects-designed Centre includes more than 1,000 square metres of dedicated gallery space, plus a 300 square metre openaccess research centre dedicated to artists and cultural movements of the GCC and wider Arab world; additional flexible events spaces; a roof terrace (designed for film screenings and events); an outdoor sculpture area; and a café, restaurant and bookshop.
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