Dubai Public Art

Dubai Public Art – programme that changes the city

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Alserkal Arts Foundation have announced a collaboration on three Dubai Public Art projects aimed at creating inspiring and thoughtful art in public spaces across the city, including Al Quoz Creative Zone, the historic Shindagh district and Hatta.

Dubai Public Art is a new programme for the city, recently launched by Dubai Culture. Commissioned, curated and activated by these three public works across Dubai, it aims to create distinctive artistic interventions that will engage with the city and its individual neighbourhoods, creating meaningful opportunities for local arts practices to flourish.

Dubai Public Art is a multi-year initiative led by Dubai Culture that enables the creation and installation of public art works by UAE-based artists. Alserkal Arts Foundation is a curatorial partner working alongside Akaas Visual Arts, Art Dubai, Art Jameel and Tashkeel to commission and curate a series of art installations across the emirate.

Practicing artists from the UAE are invited to submit proposals through an open call for proposals. From these, three proposals will be selected by a selection panel consisting of a curator and experienced art professionals. The final proposals will be submitted to Dubai Culture to determine the finalist, who will then be invited to work closely with the curator to develop and implement the programme and project. More information and an application form are available on the website.

The programme could be workshops, talks, focus and study groups, oral history projects, walks or boat rides; we encourage candidates to explore innovative formats to engage the context of Al Shindagh Museum and inspire the local community to participate. The programme is due to be implemented in the summer of 2023, with the final design to be carefully developed in consultation with the respective teams from Alserkal Arts Foundation and Dubai Culture and launched in the autumn of 2023.

The final artwork, which will remain in Shindag in a prominent position right by the stream, will be both a footprint of the project and an invitation for visitors to learn more about those who have gone before them here.

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