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Photos: World Art Dubai welcomes art enthusiasts, responsibly

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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.

Day one of #WorldArtDubai 2020 welcomes art enthusiasts, responsibly

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

A year of creativity and opportunity

A. P. Laitu, one of the participating artists at World Art Expo 2020, said that this has been an unprecedented year in the history of mankind and did not even leave the art world untouched.

He added that at the same the year would be remembered as a year of creativity and opportunity. “It gave us all ample time to create some good art.” He shared that he is grateful to World Art Dubai for giving the artists the much-awaited platform to showcase their creativity and also meet and greet fellow artists from all over the world. “This platform is also the evaluation of how constructively we all have spent our time during this period of lockdown and isolation.”

What is arty-fash style statement?

Individuality is the key, and while many of us wish to make a personal statement, we find it hard to express ourselves via colours, shapes and images. At Artify Station by multi-disciplinary artist Ella Orencillo, you can get a bespoke pair of shoes, a cap or a cloth bag, as the artist helps you define your style.

Ella, a Filipino, has been in Dubai for 13 years now. She quit her job in 2017 to be a full-time artist and started her company, Craftology, last year. “I’d been pursuing art on the side, all this while though, as I worked as a receptionist, personal assistant, executive assistant, etc.” She hand-painted a bag with Khaleej Times written in signature blue colour. “People want to be different and have good ideas, but are unable to translate the same visually. I want to be their go-to-person to help them express themselves via accessories. I’ll execute them for you on clothing and more.”

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