Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai

November 11, 2018 marks the opening of the Jameel Arts Centre, one of the first contemporary arts institutions in Dubai. Located at the tip of Al Jaddaf, 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.

Positioned as a new creative destination in the city, and a hub for educational initiatives and cultural events, the Jameel Arts Centre includes an open-access research library dedicated to artists and cultural movements of the Arab world, plus project and commissions spaces, a roof-top terrace, writer’s studio, members’ lounge, restaurant and shop.

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.

Renowned landscape architect Anouk Vogel has drawn inspiration from local flora for the concept for the seven gardens that punctuate the building: each outdoor space will represent a distinct desert environment, and include some rare plants sourced from the UAE and around the world.

The opening exhibitions and commissions will be announced shortly. The rooftop terrace will host a new installation by Kuwait-based artists Alia Farid and Aseel AlYaqoub, titled Contrary Life: A Botanical Light Garden Devoted to Trees; the artists were selected by an independent jury, under the Art Jameel Commissions programme.

Jameel Arts Centre’s opening programme on Sunday, November 11:

10am-12 noon:
Children’s Opening: Offering first-access to the centre for tomorrow’s generation, this collaboration with UAE schools includes special workshops/tours. For more information, email: learning@artjameel.org

5pm-10pm:
Public Opening
– Curator-, architect- and artist-led tours of the building and opening exhibitions
– Jameel Library events and talks
– Sculpture Park activations and events

Art Jameel will be announcing news regularly about Jameel Arts Centre from now until its opening in November. Please check this page, and follow hashtag #jameelartscentre, @jameelartscentre on Instagram and Facebook, and @jameelartsctr on Twitter for latest news and updates.

Visit the Press page to view the detailed fact sheet about Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai.