COMMISSIONS & INSTALLATIONS


Bringing art to the public arena, Abu Dhabi Art provides a platform for commissioned installations as part of the Beyond programme and collaborates with partners to bring commissioned projects to different locations in Abu Dhabi.

Beyond: Emerging Artists


An annual initiative since 2017 that aims to provide three emerging artists in the UAE with a platform from which to develop their practice and realise ambitious art projects. The selected artists are chosen by a guest curator each year. They undertake a year-long programme of workshops and studio visits under the mentoring and the supervision of the curator which leads toward the realisation of a project for the Abu Dhabi Art fair in November. The works remain on exhibition to the public for several months beyond the fair dates.

Beyond: Artist Commissions


Launched in 2017. Each year, Abu Dhabi Art invites three established and well-known artists to create site-specific works in historic sites in Al Ain and the wider Abu Dhabi emirate, to activate these sites and draw new audiences to them. The works created by the commissioned artists are revealed during Abu Dhabi Art and remain on show to the public for several months afterwards.

Public Art


Abu Dhabi Art collaborates with corporate partners to bring commissioned permanent public art to Abu Dhabi Emirate.

BEYOND: ARTIST COMMISSIONS


Launched in 2017. Each year, Abu Dhabi Art invites three established and well-known artists to create site-specific works in historic sites in Al Ain and the wider Abu Dhabi emirate, to activate these sites and draw new audiences to them. The works created by the commissioned artists are revealed during Abu Dhabi Art and remain on show to the public for several months afterwards.

Abu Dhabi Art Beyond: Artist Commissions were:
• 2021: Aya Haidar (ATHR) | Hazem Harb (Tabari Artspace) | Najat Makki (Hunar Gallery) | Rasheed Araeen (Grosvenor Gallery) | Richard Atugonza (Afriart Gallery)
• 2019: Oliver Beer (Thaddaeus Ropac) at Al Jahili Fort and Qasr Al Hosn | Leandro Erlich (GALLERIA CONTINUA) at Al Ain Oasis
• 2018: Imran Qureshi (Thaddaeus Ropac) at Al Jahili Fort and Al Ain Oasis | Moataz Nasr (GALLERIA CONTINUA) at Al Jahili Fort | Ammar Al Attar (Cuadro Fine Art Gallery) at Qasr Al Muwaiji
• 2017: Manal Al Dowayan (Sabrina Amrani and Cuadro Fine Art Gallery) at Al Ain Oasis | Magdi Mostafa (Galerie Brigitte Schenk) at Manarat Al Saadiyat | Nasser Al Salem (ATHR) at Al Jahili Fort


BEYOND: EMERGING ARTISTS


An annual initiative since 2017 that aims to provide three emerging artists in the UAE with a platform from which to develop their practice and realise ambitious art projects. The selected artists are chosen by a guest curator each year. They undertake a year-long programme of workshops and studio visits under the mentoring and the supervision of the curator which leads toward the realisation of a project for the Abu Dhabi Art fair in November. The works remain on exhibition to the public for several months beyond the fair dates.

Abu Dhabi Art Beyond: Emerging Artists and Curators were:
• 2021: Curator: Sam Bardaouil | Till Fellrath, Artists: Maitha Abdalla (Tabari Art Space) | Hashel Al Lamki (Leila Heller Gallery) | Christopher Benton
• 2020: Curator: Maya El Khalil, Artists: Hind Mezaina | Afra Al Dhaheri | Afra Al Suwaidi
• 2019: Curators: Ramin Haerizadeh | Rokni Haerizadeh | Hesam Rahmanian, Artists: Ayesha Hadhir | Rawdha Khalifa Al Ketbi | Shaikha Fahad Al Ketbi
• 2018: Curator: Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Artists: Ahmed Saeed Al Areef Al Dhaheri | Taqwa Al Naqbi | Dhabiya Al Rumaithi
• 2017: Curators: Mohammed Kazem | Cristiana de Marchi, Artists: Shaikha Al Mazrou | Alaa Edris | Jumairy

PUBLIC ART


Abu Dhabi Art collaborates with corporate partners to bring commissioned permanent public art to Abu Dhabi Emirate.

Abu Dhabi Art collaborative public art projects were:
• Special Olympics Garden, Manarat Al Saadiyat
• Reem Central Park, Reem Island