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Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) presents Dubai Public Art, a new multi-year government-led initiative for the emirate of Dubai aimed at enabling public art installations by UAE-based artists. To ensure the success of the Public Art Strategy, the Authority sought to empower the creative community by collaborating with Art Dubai, Tashkeel, Alserkal, Art Jameel, and Akaas Visual Arts, who in turn will undertake the task of issuing open calls to all artists, offering them the platform to participate in presenting a series of unique, site-specific art installations. Applications are now open for UAE based practitioners to submit their proposal for inaugural commission taking place through Dubai Culture with commissioning entity Art Dubai, which will be unveiled in late 2023 in one of Dubai's most beautiful public gardens in Al Hudaiba, overlooking the Etihad Museum and Union House. The deadline to submit applications is 13 February 2023. Shortlisted artists will be announced at the 16th edition of Art Dubai on 1-5 March, and each will receive a fee of $5,000 to create a detailed proposal and a prototype or maquette of their pieces.

Art Dubai, the Middle East's leading international art fair, has been appointed as one of the commissioning entities for the inaugural Dubai Public Art landmark commission.

Art Dubai has worked in partnership with Dubai Culture since the launch of the initiative, supporting the development of the Public Art Strategy approved in January 2022, and continues today in this important collaboration to enable the sector to deliver effective education programmes that will help to create opportunities for the creative and cultural industries and build a lasting public art infrastructure for the emirate of Dubai.

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Art Jameel and Dubai Culture are committed to the enablement of emerging artists and the development of a thriving public art realm through these commissions. The arts have an extraordinary capacity to build skilled, future-oriented communities; create space for debate; nurture understanding and open, collaborative ways of working; and develop talent and excellence.

Art Jameel supports artists and creative communities. Founded and supported by Jameel family philanthropies, the independent organisation works globally from its headquarters at Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai.

Art Jameel's programmes – across exhibitions, commissions, research, learning and community-building – are grounded in a dynamic demand of the arts to be fundamental to life and accessible to all.

Dubai Culture and Tashkeel partnered commissions will offer opportunities to all UAE based artists to venture into the public art realm. Tashkeel, established in Dubai in 2008 by Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, provides a nurturing environment for the growth of art and design rooted in the UAE. Through studios, workspaces, and galleries in both Nad Al Sheba and Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, it enables creative practice, experimentation, and dialogue among practitioners and the community. With this spirit of collaboration, Dubai Culture will commission public art works in various locations within the emirate of Dubai.

Dubai Culture and Alserkal partner to implement components of the Authority’s Public Art Strategy. This will mean the commissioning, curating, and activation of public works which connect and elevate community spaces. Alserkal will commission the creation of visually distinctive works that shall become associated with the identity of the city and its individual neighbourhoods. Partnerships and collaborations are integral to the way Alserkal have worked since formation, which are felt to be critical to the success of the wider vision for Dubai. The public realm is a place where art grows and is created for the good of all.

Akaas Visual Arts is an Emirati owned gallery based in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and established in 2007. Dubai Culture and Akaas Visual Arts have joined together to enable and mentor UAE-based artists to spread awareness and passion for art education and training. Partnerships like this allow government entities such as Dubai Culture to commission public art more effectively, understanding the culture and diversity Dubai has to offer and translating that spirit through artists and art practitioners into artwork that connects and binds the wider community.

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