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World Art Dubai 2020 will host more than 120 artists and galleries from 25 countries.

World Art Dubai 2020, the region’s most accessible retail art fair embraces its status as the first significant event of the season by uniting an eager global art community at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 8 to 10 October 2020.

World Art Dubai 2020 will celebrate art in all its forms through an expansive collection of 2,000 curated artworks ranging in price from $100 – $20,000. The collection will be displayed by 120 solo artists and offers galleries from 25 countries, including a 50-strong contingent of international artists and galleries travelling to the event from as far afield as India, Italy and Japan. 

This theme for World Art Dubai’s sixth edition is ‘Free Your Mind’ which is rather apt, given the fact that people all over the world have been turning to the arts as a means of creative escape in recent months.

“Art has served as an escape for people all over the world this year. We will cultivate this energy and enthusiasm through World Art Dubai’s theme of ‘Free Your Mind’ which will connect international artists and stimulate creativity and exploration,” explained Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC.

From emerging Emirati artists, and fashion art disrupters, to experimental expressionists and urban art and photography practitioners, Dubai’s inclusive art and lifestyle event is set to wow the regions art aficionados.

With more than 120 artists and galleries on show, World Art Dubai 2020 will showcase a diverse range of artworks and experiences across a range of different styles. Exhibitors range from emerging artists who are debuting at the show as well as seasoned, award-winning personalities and galleries.

At the show, a ‘Creativity Unmasked’ wall will show how artists turned inwards for inspiration during the global pandemic, creating original artworks reflecting their personal experiences with COVID-19.

A seasoned artist to look out for is Idriss B, the French-Tunisian sculptor, who is famed for his limited-edition animal sculptures, distinguished by their life-size proportions and polygonal form. With his artworks featured across significant destinations in Dubai, including DIFC and Palm Jumeriah, the artist is becoming a household name in the UAE’s art scene.

Following the hugely successful Urban Art DXB in November 2019, World Art Dubai will continue to build momentum with ten artists hailing from Vandalist Art’s gallery who will paint live graffiti and screen printing on the show floor. Vandalist Art, which was awarded ‘Best Gallery’ at World Art Dubai 2019, will also feature street art and urban art canvases for sale.

Additionally, Casa de Maquinas has been invited to shine a light on custom urban art from Mexico, Ukraine, California, the UK and Japan. The collective of bikers, artists and skaters, with firm roots in motorcycling, hot rods, and street culture, will feature live motorcycle tank painting and leather gloves and helmet painting at the show.

Expanding the participation of photographers and videographers at the show, Nikon will showcase incredible works taken by some of their most dedicated Nikon Premium Members. Nikon also partnered with World Art Dubai for the ‘Emerging Photographers Contest,’ where some of the UAE’s most promising photographers vied for a Nikon Z 50 and an exhibition space in next year’s event.

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