Campus Art Dubai Kicks Off Its Third Edition


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​The homegrown arts school launches this month with a range of courses for the local arts community.

Dubai, UAE, October 12, 2014: Campus Art Dubai, held in partnership with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and supported by Dubai Design District (d3), launches its third season in October. Building on a highly successful second edition, the school runs two simultaneous programmes: Core, an intensive biweekly course for mid-career artists and curators; and Community, a series of workshops and talks for the arts community at large.

Campus Art Dubai is the only school of its kind in the GCC, and now recognised internationally as a leading example of how forms of alternative arts education can benefit both careerists and the community.

Campus Art Dubai provides seminars, workshops, critiques and one-on-one mentorship for artists, curators, writers and cultural enthusiasts based in the UAE, with all tuition provided free-of-charge. Courses are taught and led—both in English and Arabic—by a stellar cast of visiting academics, critics, curators and artists. Campus Art Dubai collaborates with a number of cultural organisations in the UAE; public talks are hosted by A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue.

The school provides a space for critical thinking and the exchange of ideas and skills, with participants encouraged to debate and collaborate. Running from October through to March 2015, the courses culminate during Art Dubai, March 18-21, 2015. Khalil Abdulwahid, Manager of Visual Arts, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: "Dubai Culture is delighted to be partnering again with Campus Art Dubai for its third season. The school not only provides essential opportunities for locally-based artists and curators to further their careers, but has also contributed significantly to building international recognition for Dubai's role as a leader in the field of arts education."

Marking the announcement, Antonia Carver, Fair Director, Art Dubai, said: "Campus Art Dubai is a major component of our year-round educational programme, which provides opportunities for all ages, from children through to arts professionals. It's been a thrill to see Campus Art Dubai develop so quickly over the past two years. CAD alumni have gone to do further degrees, residencies, fellowships as well as exhibit curate and take up new career positions in the regional and international art world."

Campus Art Dubai Community

With around 400 members, Campus Art Dubai Community is open to UAE-based arts enthusiasts, as well as artists, writers, curators, designers and architects. Members of Campus Art Dubai Community have access to a rolling programme of monthly events and talks, plus quarterly practical skills workshops. The 2014-15 Community programme starts on October 18, 2014, with the first of three lectures by historian Dr Salwa Mikdadi on Arab and GCC art history—providing the UAE arts community with a historical context for today's art. These—and other—lectures run alongside quarterly practical skills workshops, designed to assist members in taking the next step in their careers.