Art Jameel launches major commissions programme for new, Dubai-based works

For the inaugural com­­­m­ission, artists are invited to respond to the concept and form of light, as well as to the building and environment of the centre

Jameel Arts Centre, northside view from the Creek. Courtesy of Serie Architects
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Art Jameel have unveiled a three-year programme of commissions for major works that will be exhibited at its new Dubai Creek-based Jameel Arts Centre.

Under the first edition of the scheme, called Art Jameel Commissions: Sculpture, artists have until November 21 to submit a proposal for a light-based sculpture that will be unveiled as part of the grand opening of the centre, which is scheduled to take place in the winter of 2018.

Subsequent editions of Art Jameel Commissions will focus in 2019 on a research and lecture series and on drawing and painting in 2020.

For the inaugural com­­­m­ission, artists are invited to respond to the concept and form of light, as well as to the building and environment of the centre, a 10,000-square metre, three-storey multi-disciplinary space designed by Serie Architects.

A practice with offices in London, Mumbai, Singapore and Beijing, Serie's other projects include the new School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore and the new International Institute of Human Settlement in Bengaluru, India, as well as the recent Other Histories, an exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Located at the tip of Dubai's Culture Village, overlooking the Dubai Creek, the Jameel Arts Centre will include more than 1,000 square metres of dedicated gallery space, a 300-square metre open-access research centre, flexible events spaces, a café, a restaurant and a bookshop.


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The inaugural commission is designed to encourage “artists to consider the role of light in a dynamic urban setting and to reflect upon the ways in which artists and architects have embraced
the medium”.

The call for submissions is open to artists from or working in the Middle East, North Africa or Turkey, as well as international artists with an interest in or familiarity with the regions and they will be judged by an international panel that includes the writer, curator and Art Dubai regular Shumon Basar; the curator Reem Fadda, whose exhibition Fruit of Sleep recently opened at Beirut's Sursock Museum as part of Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj; James Lingwood, the co-director of the London-based arts organisation Artangel; Elvira Dyangani Ose, a senior curator and lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, the president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation.

The winning artist will be announced in February 2018 and will receive a production budget of US$70,000 (Dh257,000), as well as support from a team of architectural, engineering and technical experts who will help turn their proposal into
a reality.

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