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Dubai Canvas 2018 to feature a wide selection of contemporary art forms

Audience can enjoy 3D art, object art, inflatable art, tape art and murals at La Mer

Staff Report
19:05 February 6, 2018

Dubai: The fourth edition of the ‘Dubai Canvas’ 3D art festival to be held on March 1-7 will tout contemporary art forms in addition to 3D art, said organisers Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO).

Dubai Canvas will be held in La Mer, Meraas’ beachfront development, said Brand Dubai in a press release, and will feature more than two dozens artists from around the world.

The space reserved for this year’s event is 25 per cent larger than last year, organisers said.

Maitha Bu Humaid, director of Brand Dubai, said Dubai Canvas 2018 includes new additions aiming at enriching the aesthetic ambience of Dubai’s urban spaces and create opportunities for the public to engage with various art forms.

Dubai Canvas is committed to fostering creativity and excellence in the contemporary art forms, and to providing artistic opportunities for young Emirati artists. “We work each year with our partners to discuss the development of the festival, we learn from experiences gained from previous editions since 2015, as well as from the audience feedback to fully achieve the objectives of the event.” Bu Humaid said in a statement.

Sally Yacoub, chief malls officer at Meraas, said: “La Mer has become a popular choice for residents and visitors looking for an outdoor lifestyle destination that boasts a unique blend of shops, restaurants, cafés and leisure activities in a relaxed environment. We are confident that Dubai Canvas will add an innovative and aesthetic dimension to the destination’s modern design. In line with our commitment to create opportunities for communities to come together and share ideas, the event will further enrich our visitors’ journey who will be able to experience artistic works and interactive activities scheduled to take place during the festival.”

Dubai Canvas’ project manager, Aisha Bin Kalli, said the fourth edition of the event sees the largest participation since the launch of Dubai Canvas in 2015, with more than 30 artists from all over the world representing different art forms heralding this edition as the most diversified edition of Dubai Canvas.

“In addition to 3D art, which represents the core of the festival, Dubai Canvas 2018 will feature innovative art forms such as object art, tape art, inflatable art, and murals.” Bin Kalli said.

To ensure maximum benefits from the event and the presence of international artists, the organising committee will host many events and festivities on the sidelines of Dubai Canvas to facilitate interaction between local artists and art students with international artists to learn more about the various arts trends and techniques.

The family-friendly annual event also features a number of entertainment activities that are open for the public.

For those interested in watching artists working on their projects, they can do so by visiting La Mer starting from February 26.