Artsawa, Dubai's newest art gallery opens
Dubai, October 23, 2008
Artsawa, a contemporary art gallery in Dubai, was inaugurated by Dr Lamis Hamdan Al Shamsi, board member of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.
Nestled within a transformed warehouse, Artsawa, is dedicated to promoting world-class regional contemporary art to a global audience. With an inspiring, interactive space for artists, and art-lovers, the gallery is all set to become the hub of contemporary art in Dubai, said an official.
“The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority wholeheartedly supports Initiatives such as Artsawa, which help to create a rich environment for art to flourish. By providing a platform for artists to showcase their art and connect with the community, Artsawa adds great value to Dubai’s cultural and artistic scene,” stated Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor, Dubai International Financial Centre and managing director of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.
“The gallery will serve to encourage both established and promising artists, and raise exposure for their works among art connoisseurs, collectors and investors in the region. Initiatives like this will enable art and artists to play larger roles in shaping and guiding the society,” said Dr Lamis Hamdan Al Shamsi.
Artsawa was conceived by its owner, Amel Makkawi. He has built a reputation for selecting and promoting Arab artists who have extraordinary and individual stories to tell through their art.
The gallery area combines with a library and video lounge to provide an inviting, personal space for artists and art enthusiasts to interact.
“Art comes from the soul and is key to documenting the story of the individual artist’s real life experiences, it is a reflection of our society. Artsawa will provide the perfect platform for these stories to be told and for everyone to enjoy,” added Amel.
With up to 15 exhibitions annually, the gallery will not only be one of the largest but also the most active art platforms in the UAE and the region, In addition, Artsawa will have educational programs and publications that address current issues and practices in the Art world.-TradeArabia News Service