Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai
November 2018 will mark the opening of the Jameel Arts Centre, one of the first contemporary arts institutions in Dubai. The Centre will be located on Dubai Creek, at the tip of Culture Village. The 10,000-square-metre complex will be home to multiple gallery spaces and an open-access research library dedicated to artists and cultural movements of the Arab world. The Jameel Arts Centre is positioned as a hub for educational initiatives and cultural events; the roof-top terrace will host screenings and events, and the Centre also includes outdoor sculpture areas, a bookshop, and cafe. Exhibitions will run year-round, drawn from the Jameel Art Collection, plus regional and international solo and group shows.
The Jameel Arts Centre is designed by UK-based Serie Architects who conceived it as a series of boxes of varying dimensions that are bound together by a one-storey-high colonnade. The building’s design 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 courtyards 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.
Under the Art Jameel Commissions programme, Kuwait-based artists Alia Farid and Aseel AlYaqoub were selected by an independent jury to develop Contrary Life: A Botanical Light Garden Devoted to Trees, an immersive installation which will debut at the opening of the Jameel Arts Centre.
Art Jameel will be announcing news regularly about Jameel Arts Centre from now until the opening later this year: please check this page, and follow hashtag #jameelartscentre for updates.
Visit the Press page to view the detailed fact sheet about the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai.