World Art Dubai 2019 opened at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) today, with officials and high-profile members of the local and global art community launching the fifth instalment of the region’s leading accessible and affordable art fair.

With more than 3,000 pieces of art from 150-plus artists and galleries on display, dignitaries toured a stunning collection of the original contemporary artworks, paintings, sculptures, digital photographs, custom-made works, installations and more at World Art Dubai 2019, a core pillar in this year’s Dubai Art Season. The fair runs until Saturday 6, April.

Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management at DWTC, said: “World Art Dubai is hosting artists from more than 30 countries this year, providing visitors with a global and diverse range of works across all budget levels. The show continues to attract first-time art shoppers, corporate buyers and expert collectors, while our expanded schedule of educational workshops and talks to allow visitors to engage and learn.”

The global appeal of World Art Dubai 2019 has drawn debut artists and galleries from multiple new territories, including Chile, Myanmar, Argentina, Italy, Taiwan, Turkmenistan, Mexico, Belarus and Gabon.

In addition to new launches and features, World Art Dubai will be bringing back key areas and activities that have proven a hit with visitors. Returning to the show in 2019 is the popular Art for Every Wall segment, which showcases a curated collection of pieces from across the world with price tags all under Dh3,000. The fair’s most affordable artwork provides visitors with the opportunity to pick up their first piece of original and diverse art.

Looking to make a key statement during World Art Dubai, Standard Chartered has commissioned a special exhibition of works by a collective of UAE-based female artists with the aim of rallying support to secure gender pay parity throughout the art world and beyond.

Citing a recent University of Oxford Business School study which revealed works by female artists sell at auction for 47.6 per cent less than works by their male counterparts, the chosen artists will leave 47.6 per cent of their work unfinished in order to make a statement on the inequality of gender pay in the art world.

World Art Dubai will again roll out a spectrum of engaging talks, interactive workshops and exploratory sessions on a wealth of topics to engage all levels of artists. From photography walks around the show floor and speed painting demonstrations, to calligraphy workshops and trainings on all things graffiti, visitors are advised to register here

Entry to World Art Dubai is Dh25 for a daily pass when purchased on site at DWTC’s Sheikh Saeed Halls 2 and 3. The show is open from 2-9pm on Wednesday 3 April and 1-9pm from Thursday 4 April – Saturday 6 April.

www.worldartdubai.com

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