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Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai

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

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