What's happening at Abu Dhabi Art 2018

The annual festival is back in the capital

Manarat Al Saadiyat for TimeOut Guides FeatureSaadiyat Island Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 11718Photo by Grace GuinoITP Images
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Manarat Al Saadiyat for TimeOut Guides FeatureSaadiyat Island Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 11718Photo by Grace GuinoITP Images

As well as providing a space for galleries from around the world to display and sell their art, the tenth edition of the event also includes a programme of engaging exhibitions, public talks, performance art, workshops and plenty besides.

Offering far more than a traditional art fair, this celebration of creativity is designed to get the residents of Abu Dhabi involved and interested in the city’s art scene.

Held at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island, the event will take place from November 14 to 17.

This year the public can also buy tickets for a special 10th anniversary party.

Vernissage: Abu Dhabi Art Celebrates 10 Years! takes place on November 14 and it will feature DJs, special performances and canapés. The fun kicks off at 6pm and tickets are available for Dhs100.

Or if you just want access to all three days of arty fun, tickets are Dhs55.

Focus: Icons is just one of the exhibitions being showcased. The works focus on the key voices that have not only shaped contemporary art over the last five decades, but also the individuals who are paving the way for future generations of artists.

Meanwhile, Gateway is a visual art exhibition featuring more than 15 international artists including the likes of Abigail Reynolds, Imran Qureshi and Muhanned Cader.

Abu Dhabi Art’s performance art platform Durub Al-Tawaya, will also return for its sixth edition. Taking place at several different locations throughout the city, including Manarat Al Saadiyat, Warehouse421 and on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, the programme will continue to run until January 2019.

This year, the performances explore technology as a fundamental force in the development and evolution of art. They examine how technology has provided artists with new tools, allowed them to go outside gallery walls and explore new horizons.

Bird Watching, by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, is one of the highlights in this series. The live audio essay examines the contemporary politics of listening and the importance of the ‘ear witness’.

Ticket holders can also marvel at a video installation piece by Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri. This piece features a synchronised swimming routine, which was choreographed according to a traditional pearl-diving song from the Gulf.

Speaking about the event, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, under-secretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “This year, we mark the tenth edition of Abu Dhabi Art at the same moment as the first anniversary of Louvre Abu Dhabi. Achieving this milestone is further testament to Abu Dhabi Art’s international appeal and widespread reputation as one of the leading art fairs across the region.

“We are proud to continue this positive momentum and present another year of immersive, educational and inclusive programming for all visitors”

With so much to see and experience, Abu Dhabi Art 2018 is going to be an extremely fun and busy weekend.

To purchase tickets, register for events and view the full programme, head on over to www.abudhabiart.ae.
From Dhs55, Nov 14-17. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District (02 657 5800).

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