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The ADMAF Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art will offer visitors the opportunity to encounter more than 100 Emirati artists across three generations of creative practitioners through the unique online platform, The Nationals’ Gallery.

ADART 7th Nov 2017

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation at Abu Dhabi Art 2017: Connecting Artists, Collectors, and Enthusiasts through The Nationals’ Gallery

As part of the 2017 edition of the Abu Dhabi Art fair, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) will unite art lovers, artists and collectors, offering opportunities for interaction and exchange with more than one hundred of the UAE’s leading creative practitioners. ADMAF’s pavilion at the fair will showcase one of the Foundation’s key initiatives, the Nationals’ Gallery – Riwaq Al Fan Al Emirati, an online database charting the creative output of the UAE. ADMAF will also present an engaging and in-depth programme of events, tailored to suit all ages, which will be open to the public and will take place from 8 – 11 November 2017.

 

Reflecting Abu Dhabi’s position as a thriving crossroads for cultural exchange, The Nationals’ Gallery aims to create an active network of local artists and to offer them tangible opportunities of professional development through educational opportunities, commissions, exhibitions and workshops, building connections with galleries and collectors. The ADMAF pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art will invite both emerging artists and current and emerging collectors to discover how they can participate in this important platform for knowledge transfer and the furthering of UAE creative industries.

 

Commenting on ADMAF’s commitment to the visual arts and initiatives nationally and internationally, H.E. Huda Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF, said: “An annual event that draws together the international art world, Abu Dhabi Art is a significant expression of the strong cultural vision of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. In step with the ever-strengthening cultural prosperity of the nation, as exemplified by the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the vibrancy of Abu Dhabi Art, ADMAF is pleased to participate in this momentous month. While substantial institutional might asserts the country as an international art destination, ADMAF dedicates its Abu Dhabi Art Pavilion to the initiatives that nurture and support the talent of Emirati artists, emerging and established. These initiatives such as the support of the 100 Emirati artists featured in the Nationals’ Gallery register, as well as other emerging and established artists through grants, residencies and programmes, are our commitment to this generation and the next. Most recently this included ‘Portrait of a Nation – Berlin’, the exhibition that presented more than 50 Emirati artists during Berlin Art Week.”

 

Visitors to Abu Dhabi Art are invited to participate in a programme of free sessions, where the public and students from many of ADMAF’s university partners will have the chance to be inspired by the leading artists of the UAE’s visual arts sector. The programme will begin with insight into ADMAF’s most recent exhibition, ‘Portrait of a Nation’ – the largest ever exhibition of Emirati artists in Germany – which was officially opened during Berlin Art Week in September 2017 and will run until 29 October 2017 at ME Collectors Room. This ground-breaking exhibition brings together the UAE’s leading contemporary practitioners such as Ebtisam Abdul Aziz, Amna Al Dabbagh and Mohammed Kazem, to reflect upon the nation from individual artistic perspectives.  Portrait of a Nation artists Ali Al Abdan and Ahmed Saeed Al Areef Al Dhaheri will offer tours of the ADMAF pavilion on 8 and 9 November, giving an overview of their experience from participating in this landmark exhibition.

 

Budding artists are also invited to bring their portfolios to the ADMAF pavilion on 8 and 9 November for the ADMAF Art Review with National’s Gallery artist Ahmed Saeed Al Areef Al Dhaheri. These in depth one-on-one sessions will explore the ins and outs of developing a sustained creative practice from an established contemporary artist.

 

On Friday 10 November, Nationals’ Gallery artist Sarah Al Agroobi will offer guided tours of the art fair for adults and children, exploring the gallery landscape for emerging and established artists. On Saturday 11 November, Emirati artist Shaikha Al Mazrou will discuss her commissioned work ‘SAND LAND’ – a large scale land artwork created for the Abu Dhabi Festival Exhibition 2017 ‘The Art of Nature’.

 

As part of ADMAF’s ongoing mission to promote the development of emerging artists, its pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art will showcase the multitude of awards, grants, residencies and initiatives run by the Foundation that offer up-and-coming artists international platforms and access to world-class educational support. The featured ADMAF awards include the annual Christo and Jeanne Claude Award, the Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award and Creativity Award, as well as the Comic Arts Award.

 

Events & Activities at the ADMAF Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art:

 

Wednesday 8 November, 2017

  • 2:30 – 4:00 pm ADMAF Artists Talk & ADMAF Art Tours: Meet Emirati artists Ali Al Abdan and Ahmed Saeed Al Areef Al Dhaheri and hear all about their experience in Berlin for the opening week of ‘Portrait of a Nation’ – the largest ever exhibition of Emirati artists in Germany. Next up, join ADMAF and Emirati artist Ali Al Abdan on a tour through the galleries exhibiting at Abu Dhabi Art, learning more about Emirati art and artists on the way.
  • 5:00 pm ADMAF Art Review: A session for aspiring artists to meet with Nationals’ Gallery member Ahmed Saeed Al Areef Al Dhaheri. Bring a portfolio of your work and get his feedback in this one-on-one session.

 

Thursday 9 November, 2017

  • 2:30 – 4:00 pm ADMAF Artists Talk & ADMAF Art Tours: Meet Emirati artists Ali Al Abdan and Ahmed Saeed Al Areef Al Dhaheri and hear all about their experience in Berlin for the opening week of ‘Portrait of a Nation’ – the largest ever exhibition of Emirati artists in Germany. Next up, join ADMAF and Emirati artist Ali Al Abdan on a tour through the galleries exhibiting at Abu Dhabi Art, learning more about Emirati art and artists on the way.
  • 5:00 pm ADMAF Art Review: A session for aspiring artists to meet with Nationals’ Gallery member Ahmed Saeed Al Areef Al Dhaheri. Bring a portfolio of your work and get his feedback in this one-on-one session.

 

Friday 10 November, 2017

  • 4:00 pm ADMAF Kids Art Tour: Kids can join Nationals’ Gallery artist Sarah Al Agroobi for a tour of the Fair including a stop off at Park Gallery to hear all about her first-time representation by a commercial gallery.
  • 5:00 pm ADMAF Art Tour: Next up, an adult’s tour of the Fair with Nationals’ Gallery artist Sarah Al Agroobi – including a visit to Park Gallery to hear all about her first-time representation by a commercial gallery.
  • ADMAF Informs: Learn all about the Grants, Awards, Internships and Scholarships that ADMAF supports – get info on how to apply and how it will help you as you pursue and explore your career in art.
  • 6:00 pm ADMAF Performances: Acclaimed artist Karima Al Shomely, the first Emirati woman to receive a PhD in Fine Arts from the UK, will give a live performance of her work ‘Intimate’ – a piece reflecting on the Emirati Burqa, the subject of her thesis.

 

Saturday 11 November, 2017

  • 4 pm ADMAF Artist Talk: Emirati artist Shaikha Al Mazrou will discuss her commissioned work ‘SAND LAND’ – a large scale land art work created for the Abu Dhabi Festival Exhibition 2017 ‘The Art of Nature’. She’ll then take visitors to visit her gallery Lawrie Shabibi who are dedicating their booth to her work this year. Finally, Shaikha Al Mazrou will take participants to her large-scale work ‘Scale’ commissioned and unveiled as part of the Abu Dhabi Art BEYOND programme.
  • ADMAF Informs: Learn all about the Grants, Awards, Internships and Scholarships that ADMAF supports – get info on how to apply and how it will help you as you pursue and explore your career in art.

 

To register for the ADMAF events taking place during Abu Dhabi Art, email