New photography hub being launched in Abu Dhabi

Centre of excellence on Saadiyat Island will help nurture new crop of talent

A state-of-the-art photographic centre focused on developing fresh talent is set to open up its doors in the capital.

The creative hub, which will take pride of place in Manarat Al Saadiyat, is being launched by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority before the end of the year.

The venue is all part of a forward-thinking initiative supporting talent in the city, which will see a vibrant annual programme of events set up including exhibitions, workshops, master classes, competitions and projects.

The facility in the heart of the island’s Cultural District will give a platform to fledgling photographers and seasoned snappers alike to improve their skills, by exposing them to new techniques and the latest approaches in the field.

His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, said: “As we strive to catalyse creativity in Abu Dhabi and the UAE, nurturing an artistic environment has been our core focus, and through this initiative we strive to introduce the new generation to the art of photography.

“The series of programmes developed, together with the establishment of a dedicated space, will promote photography as a form of art, cultivate the capabilities and skills in our talented photographers, and ultimately will enable the emergence of a group of aspiring young professionals. Aimed at encouraging the arts in the emirate, this initiative signifies our overarching commitment to enhancing the art scene in Abu Dhabi, and ensuring the development of a balanced cultural environment that will allow promising local talent to progressively and naturally flourish.”

Set to open later this year, the photography space at Manarat Al Saadiyat will house world-class facilities, such as an Alternative Processes Darkroom, a library, and production equipment that will qualify for holding workshops and master classes conducted by professional photographers.

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