Jameel Arts Centre Has Opened in Dubai

Words by Carla Ingrasciotta
November 13, 2018

November 11, 2018 has marked the opening of Jameel Arts Centre, one of the first contemporary arts institutions in Dubai. Located at the tip of Jaddaf Waterfront, on the Dubai Creek, the Centre’s multiple gallery spaces are home to curated commissions, projects, and solo and group exhibitions, drawn both from the Art Jameel Collection and through regional and international collaborations.

The building itself is a specially-commissioned, three-storey, multi-disciplinary space designed by UK-based practice Serie Architects, who conceived it as a series of boxes of varying dimensions that are bound together by a one-storey-high colonnade. The architecture offers a flexible and rich curatorial potential – from intimate spaces for capsule exhibitions through to large galleries with soaring heights for sculptural and installation works.

Led by Antonia Carver, the former director of the Emirate’s Art Dubai fair, the centre will show both Middle Eastern and international contemporary art, some of which will be drawn from the several hundred-strong Jameel Art Collection that includes artists such as Kader Attia, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmian, Ahmed Mater and Conrad Shawcross.



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