Collaboration: Open Studios

August 8 - September 22, 2018

Project Space Art Jameel hosts the second iteration of its experimental six-week studio following a collaboration with Campus Art Dubai (CAD) – Art Dubai’s intensive five-month course for UAE-based artists, writers, curators and cultural producers and the opportunity to develop practices under the mentorship of world renowned tutors. Art Jameel is the programme’s curatorial partner for 2017-2018; this edition saw the launch of a peer-run grant supported by both Art Dubai and Art Jameel, and initiated by CAD 5.0 members.

The participants of this second studio edition at Project Space Art Jameel include: Layan Attari, Sophiya Khwaja, Sara Masinaei, Lujaine Rezk and Moylin Yuan.

Set to begin on August 8, 2018, the communal studio provides participants with a semi-public environment to practice, create, research and exchange. Participants partake in collective undertakings to continue the programme’s intentions to investigate notions of community-building, shared responsibility and resources. Happenings open for public participation will be announced shortly.

The programme concludes with Open Studios taking place September 17-22 where the participating artists will present their works in progress and ideas to the public. 

This collaboration is part of Art Jameel’s learning programming dedicated to fostering contemporary and critical art practices in the UAE.

Details about the first Open Studio programme in 2017 can be found here.  

Project Space Art Jameel (PSAJ), Warehouse 48, The Yard, Alserkal Avenue
Working hours (Saturday to Thursday: 10am-6pm)



Layan Attari has a BSc in Multimedia Design from the American University of Sharjah. Her practice involves explorations within design, illustration and documentary photography. Her work has been featured in several group exhibitions and publications in the UAE.

Sophiya Khwaja attended the Rhode Island School of Design on a Fulbright scholarship for her MFA after completing a degree in printmaking from the National College of Arts Lahore. Her work can be found at the RISD Museum, Yale Museum, Duoro Biennial Printmaking collection and in numerous private collections both in the US and Pakistan. Khwaja’s work is represented by the Cade Tompkins Projects in Rhode Island, USA.

Lujaine Rezk is a designer and producer based in Dubai. She has worked on projects that observe the natural creations of spontaneous and informal communities in public places as a means to reclaim and belong. This interest in investigating and responding to space, place, community and culture has become the heart of her emerging practice and work.

Sara Masinaei is a multidisciplinary artist. The development of Masinaei’s research and practice draw on underlying sociopolitical nuances of Middle East in its cultural evolution and the collective and idiosyncratic narratives of arts; attempting to question contexts and presuppositions of political narratives. She completed her BFA at American University of Dubai (2004) and received her MFA from Central St. Martins, University of the Arts London (2011).

Moylin Yuan is a designer in Dubai. She enjoys working with paper in all formats (such as print publications and modular origami) and is currently interested in human movement, astronomy and the ways we communicate.


Image courtesy of Karan Mehta