Each year participating exhibitors are selected by an internal committee at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, based on proposals submitted through the Abu Dhabi Art website. Some exhibitors are directly invited to participate by guest curators in curated sectors.
International Modern and Contemporary galleries present a wide range of artworks for sale by different artists.
Local organisations known for their contributions and efforts in supporting the cultural community through a variety of activities are invited to highlight their latest non-profit initiatives.
Each year Abu Dhabi Art invites guest curators to contribute to the artistic programme, a series of exhibitions, talks and performances that bring diverse perspectives on global currents together. A varied programme of events takes place throughout the year before culminating with the Modern and Contemporary art fair in November.
Abu Dhabi Art Fair is held at Manarat Al Saadiyat each November.
Manarat Al Saadiyat (MAS)
Manarat Al Saadiyat contributes to the art scene in Abu Dhabi through exhibitions, workshops, performances and drop-in art studio spaces. The site for the annual Abu Dhabi Art show, Manarat Al Saadiyat includes an outdoor events terrace, a café and brasserie, three galleries for temporary exhibits, a photography studio, an art studio and a 250-seat auditorium. Meaning ‘place of enlightenment’, Manarat Al Saadiyat opened in 2009 and today hosts an ongoing series of activities for the local community, including workshops for children and adults in topics such as printmaking, self-portraits, figure drawing and robotics. It also serves as venue for comedy nights, theatre workshops, sky-gazing, yoga classes and film screenings. Located in the midst of the Saadiyat Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, Manarat Al Saadiyat acts as a visitor centre and gateway to the district’s famous museums, including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
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