See what is exciting about Abu Dhabi Art this year

An annual art festival has announced the details of its upcoming edition.

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Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has unveiled the details of the ninth edition of Abu Dhabi Art.

Taking place from 8th to 11th November at Manarat al Saadiyat, the exhibition and art fair will feature a range of art installations, talks and events to engage the community.

Curators selected this year include NYUAD’s Maya Allison, who will be responsible for Gateway, an exhibition that draws cultural connections between established UAE artists and their international peers.

In addition, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi curator Munira Al Sayegh has been invited to curate the talks programme this year with a focus on debating and documenting local and GCC-wide art histories and narratives.

Finally, Dr Omar Kholeif Manilow, senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, will create a curated Galleries section at Abu Dhabi Art entitled Focus: Beyond Territory, which will introduce a group of inter-generational artists to a Middle Eastern audience.

Spreading the festival across the emirate again this year, Beyond will bring large-scale sculptures and installations to the city and Al Ain to capture the imagination of the public. Charged with delivering the project, contemporary artists Manal Al Dowayan, Magdi Mostafa and Nasser Al Salem have been commissioned to make works for this initiative.

Developing the concept even further this year, the new Beyond: Emerging Artists initiative will see three up-and-coming UAE-based artists undertake a creative programme, under the tutelage of artists Mohammed Kazem and Cristiana de Marchi, to produce commissioned works that will be displayed as part of the festival.

The Street Art programme will also return for 2017, bringing international street artists to present works throughout urban zones in Abu Dhabi.

Shining a spotlight on Saadiyat Island, a series of images by photographer Tarek Al Ghoussein will also be on display to show how the cultural district of Abu Dhabi has evolved over the past seven years.

Dyala Nusseibeh, director of Abu Dhabi Art, said: “As we move towards Abu Dhabi Art’s ninth edition we are confident that this will be the most engaging edition to date.

“The fair continues to grow and expand upon its offering to the public through exhibitions, talks, partnerships, events and of course the installations that take us out of the fair space and into the city itself.

“Working with local and regional galleries, institutions, curators and artists, remains a key focus for us.

“We are laying the foundations for initiatives that we hope will contribute in a meaningful way to the existing and evolving art eco-system of the Emirate and the UAE.”

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