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DUBAI (United Arab Emirates)
Dubai International
Financial Centre


50 Galleries from 31 Countries
March, 29 – 3 April, 3, 2021

Art Dubai today announces an updated gallery list for its 2021 edition, reaffirming the fair’s commitment to providing a physical platform and marketplace for artists and galleries from across the Global South. This year, the fair will move to a new location at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in a purpose-built venue that will ensure the highest COVID-19 safety protocols, creating a secure, safe and flexible environment for participants and visitors. The fair will take place from 29 March to 3 April 2021.

Held in the strategic partnership with Dubai Culture, Art Dubai 2021 will feature 50 leading Contemporary and Modern galleries from 31 Countries, showcasing a diverse selection of artworks, artists and practices, reflecting the multicultural identity of the city.

Shaikha Al Mazrou and Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim at Lawrie Shabibi Gallery (Dubai), Art Dubai Contemporary

Alongside galleries from major and emerging international art centres, visitors will encounter galleries from across the Middle East and South and East Asia, including from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, India, Vietnam and Philippines and a strong representation from across the African continent including galleries from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia.  Ten of Dubai’s top galleries will also take part, reflecting the growing market and rapidly developing scene of the Emirate.

Art Dubai has also announced a number of innovations for the 2021 fair. These include a collaborative new partnership with exhibiting galleries, whereby participation costs are partly based on sales, and a Remote Participation Programme that will support those galleries who are unable to travel to Dubai in person, by using new technologies to connect them digitally with fair visitors who are discovering their artworks in person.

Artist Marcelo Moscheta Brazil Represented by Vermelho Bawwaba Art Dubai 2019 Courtesy of Photo Solutions

Art Dubai is the Middle East’s leading art fair for the local, regional and international art world. Since 2007 Art Dubai has championed art and artists from across the Middle East, MENASA (Middle East, North Africa & South Asia) and the Global South, broadening conversations about art beyond traditional Western-led geographical scopes and narratives.

In keeping with Dubai’s reputation as a hub for innovation, incubation and knowledge exchange, Art Dubai provides a sustainable platform for artists and meaningful engagement with the rich cultural heritage and contemporary art practices of the region. Featuring contemporary and modern gallery sections, annual artist-driven commissions, collector and education programmes and artist residencies, the fair fosters a culture of discovery and new global perspectives. 

Press release (extract) 25 February, 2021

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