Abu Dhabi culture spot announces major expansion

New creative studios and art programmes at Warehouse421

One of Abu Dhabi’s brightest culture spots is getting even bigger and better – after revealing plans to open four new creative studios and expand its public art programme output.

Warehouse421, which has been a key part of the capital’s thriving art and culture scene over the past two years, will be introducing a brand new design studio and a trio of new artists’ studios next month.

The Nagwa Design Studio will specialise in product design inspired by the people, places and stories of the UAE.

The creative venue will serve as a commercial space as well as a place for designers, creative types and members of the public to engage with Nagwa designers, soak up information in the library or purchase Nagwa products.

The three new artist studios are being set up through a partnership with Art Dubai Residencies and will see three international fine artists, Labadiou Piko from Indonesia, Kristina Alisauskaite from Lithuania and Saudi Arabian Faris Alosaimi, occupy the studios for up to eight weeks to explore their craft in the UAE.

Building on the success of the Wednesdays at the Warehouse initiative, Warehouse421 will also deliver an increased number of activities, workshops and film screenings for the public, working with a growing number of community partners such as Nagwa Designs, Cinema Akil and the Zayed University Middle East Film Festival.
Warehouse421 will also host, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Art, a second edition of the popular Galleries Week, an art market for commercial galleries to exhibit and sell their work.

In Spring 2018, in collaboration with the National Pavilion UAE la Biennale di Venezia, Warehouse421 will bring to the UAE for the first time the UAE’s national exhibitions presented at the Venice Biennale’s 2016 Architecture Exhibition and 2017 Contemporary Art Exhibition editions.

Faisal Al Hassan, manager at Warehouse421, said: “Since its inception, Warehouse421 has been dedicated to supporting the creative community. The development of our space - accompanied by enhanced programming and events for our audiences - marks a significant step in our mission to provide for the evolving needs of the creative ecosystem here in the UAE.

“We are excited to build on the exhibitions, discussions, workshops and other events we have held here to incorporate new offerings and facilities. We know that creative people need spaces to work, think and engage with others in the field, and this fuels our drive to develop Warehouse421, both in terms of facilities and programming, to become an important hub for the UAE’s artists and designers.”

Tue-Sun 10am-8pm. Mina Zayed, www.warehouse421.ae.

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