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Date announced for Jameel Arts Centre opening in Dubai

Art Jameel, an organisation that supports heritage, education and the arts has announced that the Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai, designed by Serie Architects, will open its doors on November 11, as scheduled, and will co-inside with Dubai Design Week.

The contemporary arts institution will house the 10 year collection of works commissioned by the Abraaj Group Art Prize, which features artists from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. The 30 works of art will be donated to Jameel Arts Centre on a long-term loan.

Located a the tip of Dubai’s Cultural Village, and overlooking Dubai Creek, the Cenrew includes over 1,200 square metres of dedicated gallery space, a 300-square metre open-access research centre, flexible studio and events spaces, a café and bookshop, as well as seven desert-themed courtyards designed by landscape architect Anouk Vogel.

Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai designed by Serie Architects. Image courtesy of Serie Architects.

The inaugural exhibitions will be announced in September.

“The Centre is guided by a set of curatorial threads that – inspired by the Centre’s position on the Dubai Creek – foreground ideas around confluence, exchange and shared, manifold histories. Exhibitions will be drawn in part from the Art Jameel Collection, but developing collaborative shows, both in-house and with other curators and institutions, is also central to the programming,” a statement by Art Jameel said.

The organisation also announced that the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, its long-standing partner, will be presenting the finalists of the Jameel Prize 5 with an exhibition scheduled from June 28 to November 25, 2018.

An international award held every two years for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition, the Jameel Prize is developed in collaboration between the V&A Museum and Art Jameel. The eight finalists in this fifth edition have varied practices ranging from architecture and painting, fashion design to abstract work and multi-media installation. The shortlist for Jameel Prize 5 has been recently unveiled, including works by Jordanian design duo Naqsh Collective.

‘The Shawl’, designed by Jordanian duo Naqsh Collective, has been shortlisted for the Jameel Prize 5.

Until the Jameel Arts Centre launches in early November, Art Jameel has a temporary location, Project Space, that is located and in collaboration with AlSerkal Avenue, which hosts a variety of exhibitions, projects, talks, and events.

Heritage, being a key focus for Art Jameel, is undertaken by its Jameel Houses of Traditional Arts network, which first opened in Cairo in 2009, and later branched out to Jeddah, with a new estate currently under-development in Scotland.

Its heritage work last year included a major project in Saudi Arabia using “pioneering technology to record endangered heritage at high-resolution”, a statement by the organisation said, including traditional tower-houses in the Old Town of Jeddah which has recently been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other projects include the preservation of ‘qatt’, a mural painting tradition practiced by women in the southern highlands of Asir in Saudi Arabia.

Hayy: Creative Hub in Jeddah, designed by ibda design, will open in mid-2019.

Recently. Art Jameel also announced the opening of a new creative hub in Jeddah, designed by Dubai-based ibda design called ‘Hayy: Creative Hub’ which is set to open in mid-2019.

The 17,000-square-metre three-storey cultural complex will act as an incubator for Saudi talent and is the first bespoke home in Saudi Arabia for the arts, comedy, theatre and film making. Hayy: Creative Hub includes an Art Jameel-run arts centre, theatre, events spaces and artists’ studios, plus spaces for 12 cultural organisations.