If you are looking to inspire yourself, and your kids, with something a little more creative, World Art Dubai, the emirate's "affordable art fair" is now on, with a schedule of educational workshops, interactive talks and cultural performances complimenting the 3,000-plus artworks showing at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
Over 150-plus artists and galleries from 30 countries across five continents are attending the four-day event.
"Must-see" regional galleries include Synergy Art Group (KSA), 3D Artworks Gallery (KSA) and Art Plus Gallery (UAE), "while Internationally, Studio 3 Art Gallery (India), Maria Elena Gallery (Argentina) and Galeria 3 (Chile) will also be demonstrating a wide range of art styles and work."
Art at the fair is priced at USD 100 upwards.
In addition to the art, World Art Dubai will also feature interactive sessions and activities taking place during the four-day event. Look out for:
Franck Noto - aka Zest – is "now one of France’s most celebrated street artists". The Montpellier-born painter creates abstract art on a monumental scale that’s found in streets and city galleries around the globe. You can catch him in the act at graffiti workshops where he will teach his tricks. Sessions are being held between 4pm and 6pm on the 4-6 April.
Visitors can also engage with multi-disciplinary Filipina artist Ella Elenzano-Orencillo, who will be adding her art to visitor clothing, "customising them with her unique style and flare", free of charge. Specialising in customising pieces of clothing, bags and shoes, self-taught Ella continues to explore different mediums that widen her knowledge and improve her skills. Some of Ella’s notable works are the customised MEGA by Foo-Dog vinyl toy and The Olympic Mural for the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
From mastering the ancient calligraphy forms to details in pencil shading, two of World Art Dubai’s skilled exhibitors, Diaa Allam and Sarmed Mirza will also be hosting independent workshops that will train attendees in their own art.
Diaa Allam is known for putting a modern spin on the calligraphy art form, and has made a name for himself with his participation in the Dubai Guinness Record Graffiti Scroll. His latest work “Tolerance is the Heart of Wisdom” was specially made for the launch of the new Dubai Airport. Diaa will be hosting his workshop on Friday 5 April from 3-6pm.
Sarmed Mirza, a qualified teacher with more than 30 years’ experience in creative arts, will lead a two-hour workshop that aims to enhance skills and confidence in putting pencil to paper. The workshop, taking place on 3 April, seeks to recognise values, understand reflected light and identify illusions.
World Art Dubai will also serve as an active studio for the Nikon’s Photowalk, which will lead keen photographers and hobbyists through curated exhibits to gain skills required for event photography. The sessions will belLed by four photography experts daily from 6pm.
Visitors looking to take part in any of World Art Dubai’s interactive workshops and talks can register here, where you'll also find the full schedule of events.
Entry to World Art Dubai is AED25 for a daily pass. The show is open from 2-9pm on Wednesday 3 April and 1-9pm from Thursday 4 April – Saturday 6 April.