Day one of World Art Dubai 2020 welcomes art enthusiasts, responsibly

Emilee Geist

© Provided by Khaleej Times Photos: Day one of World Art Dubai 2020 welcomes art enthusiasts, responsibly Dubai’s first international event of the season, World Art Dubai 2020, opened its door to the art enthusiasts on Thursday afternoon at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The three-day art and lifestyle fair […]



a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Photos: Day one of World Art Dubai 2020 welcomes art enthusiasts, responsibly


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Photos: Day one of World Art Dubai 2020 welcomes art enthusiasts, responsibly

Dubai’s first international event of the season, World Art Dubai 2020, opened its door to the art enthusiasts on Thursday afternoon at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The three-day art and lifestyle fair welcomed a fairly good number of visitors on its opening day. A celebration of the theme, Free Your Mind, the fair is showcasing a range of artworks and experiences across a range of different styles, with works of 120+ solo artists and galleries from 20+ countries.

After months of virtual exhibitions and Zoom openings, the artists, buyers, organisers, and visitors, had a field day out, as they attended the events for the day, including live art walks and painting sessions. In addition, the visitors took part in various workshops like learning button mosaic and paper collage skills. The three curators, incidentally all women, Batool Jafri, Samar Kamel, and Petra Kaltenbach, expressed their happiness and hope at the response, “Until this noon, we were not sure of what to expect but within 20 minutes of the opening, we were certain of the event’s success.”

Among the many new features, this year are the digital art display, Urban Art DXB and a dedicated zone for sculptures and photographers. A wall with psychedelic colours, inspired by Alexa Meade and curated by Batool and Samar, a perfect Instagram friendly space to sit and get clicked was one of the most-visited (and sanitised, each time a person sat and left!) spot on day one! With only one or two visitors allowed in the art booths at a time, and floor stickers with words like, “Social Distancing Expert” and “Wear your masks at all times,” it was remarkable to note how the fair kept responsibility at its core mission.

For those looking to invest in art or simply adorn their homes with canvases, there are ample choices to select from works ranging in prices between $100 – $20,000. “World Art Dubai remains an extremely innovative show that embraces every corner of the art world. We are leading the region’s charge for the restart of events and have curated a show that embraces the latest trends while celebrating art traditions,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC.

All the venue entry points are equipped with thermal scanning, along with smart cameras to ensure social distancing protocols. The venue is getting regularly sanitised and hand sanitisers are available throughout the venue. All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times. The event is on until Saturday (1 pm to 9 pm), visitors can pre-book their tickets worldartdubai.com.

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