Project Space Art Jameel, in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, features a year-round programme of art exhibitions, studios, workshops and events. The Space is Art Jameel’s temporary home until the Jameel Arts Centre opens in the winter of 2018. While some shows feature works from the Jameel Art Collection, others are developed in collaboration with partner institutions; research studios and educational initiatives aim to bring together creative communities of all ages and nurture experimentation, dialogue and a discursive approach to art and art-making.
The current Studio, ‘Interdisciplinary practices of the early ’80s, UAE‘, is part of a series titled Annotations, which takes an experimental approach to presenting research and work-in-progress, and is indicative of the direction of the Research Library at the forthcoming Jameel Arts Centre. The Studio (November 1-December 21) focusses on the dynamic period of the early 1980s in the UAE and, in particular, on the collaborative, multidisciplinary stance taken by artists, poets, playwrights, theatre directors and writers at that time. The public art programme features talks and poetry nights: please see Events for further details.
Previous programming at Project Space Art Jameel is indicative of the diversity of the organisation’s activities. The summer of 2017 featured a six-week experimental studio for members and alumni of Campus Art Dubai (CAD), an educational platform for artists and creatives, and part of a curatorial partnership with Art Dubai. The project concluded with Open Studios (August 26-September 6). Click here for more information and here for current CAD and other educational programmes open for community participation.
A series of ‘Collection Focus’ art exhibitions, allowing for in-depth engagement with single works from the Jameel Art Collection, has included Alif Beh (2006-2009) by Hazem El Mestikawy and And yet my mask is powerful 1 by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. The ‘Collaboration’ strand has included an exhibition of art works by Maha Maamoun, acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, through the Art Jameel fund. Our first Research Studio, featuring roundtable talks with the arts and architecture community in the UAE, was devoted to Madrid-based foundation Factum Arte who illustrated their work in new technologies to preserve heritage sites and create works with contemporary artists.