One of the first physical fairs of 2021, produced in accordance with the highest safety protocols will allow for the in-person art fair to take place from 29 March to 3 April 2021 at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

The 14th edition of Dubai Design Week’s sister-event Art Dubai will feature 50 leading Contemporary and Modern galleries from 31 countries, showcasing a diverse selection of artworks, artists and practices, reflecting the multicultural identity of the city with a focus on artists from the Middle East and the Global South in addition to the Remote Participation Programme that will allow those galleries who are unable to travel to virtually represent their artists.

The gallery list for its 2021 edition, reaffirms the fair’s commitment to providing a physical platform and marketplace for artists and galleries from across the Global South. Held in the strategic partnership with Dubai Culture, Art Dubai 2021 will present galleries from major and emerging international art centres, alongside which visitors will encounter galleries from across the Middle East and South and East Asia, including from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, India, Vietnam and Philippines and a strong representation from across the African continent including galleries from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia. Ten of Dubai’s top galleries will also take part, reflecting the growing market and rapidly developing scene of the Emirate.

“In-person events are the heart and soul of the art world and ours is a sector that has – like so many others – been significantly impacted by the events of the last 12 months,” Art Dubai’s Artistic Director, Pablo del Val, commented. “As we begin to navigate our way out of the pandemic, we feel a keen responsibility to do everything we possibly can to support the artists, galleries and many service providers who depend on a vibrant and dynamic global commercial art sector.”

Art Dubai has also announced a number of innovations for the 2021 fair. These include a collaborative new partnership with exhibiting galleries and a Remote Participation Programme that will support those galleries who are unable to travel to Dubai in person, by using new technologies to connect them digitally with fair visitors who are discovering their artworks in person.

The fair will be produced in accordance with the highest Covid-19 safety protocols; holding the event over six days, in a purpose-built structure at DIFC will provide the safest possible environment for exhibitors and visitors by better controlling access and will also allow visitors to take advantage of DIFC’s world-class restaurants and facilities.

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