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Website by the Emirates Fine Arts Society, supported by Abu Dhabi Festival, set to become the definitive digitised resource of historical documents for researchers, scholars and artists

Emirates Art Archive 18th Apr 2016

Launch of ‘The UAE Art Archive’ marks digitisation of 10,000 historical records documenting the UAE’s visual arts sector

Artists, scholars, dignitaries and art lovers gathered at Emirates Palace Gallery this weekend as the Emirates Fine Arts Society, supported by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, launched the UAE Art Archive – a definitive resource of over 10,000 historical items documenting the UAE’s visual arts sector.

Launched by Nasser Abdullah, Chairman of the Emirates Fine Arts Society and Ali Al Abdan, Artist and UAE Art Archive Project Manager, the two welcomed an audience for a fascinating talk about the process behind the building of the archive and the importance of documenting the UAE’s visual arts history.

Commenting on the launch, Nasser Abdullah said: “This archive is the first initiative to comprehensively collate documents tracing the 35-year evolution of visual arts in the UAE, making them accessible to all. The online platform will store up to 10,000 books, magazines and catalogues published by the Emirates Fine Arts Society since its foundation in 1980. These historical artefacts are complemented by news paper clippings and reports, as well as other archival artefacts and documents, all of which are catalogued chronologically.”

Designed to offer access to historical files for researches, scholars, artists and people interested in the UAE’s visual arts sector, the UAE Art Archive is a free resource for people to access and will continue to evolve and expand, documenting the UAE’s art journey into the future. The archive can be accessed via http://uaeartarchive.ae