The SIKKA Art Fair in Dubai

Posted March 13th, 2013 under Arab World, Art Fairs, Contemporary Art, Events, Festivals

SIKKA Art Fair in Dubai
SIKKA is the first annual initiative of its kind founded by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority to support and showcase Emirati and Dubai-based artistic talent.
SIKKA is an annual showcase specifically designed to feature UAE contemporary art practices and initiatives, through a diversity of artistic talent and stance, providing opportunity to experience home-grown creativity at its liveliest and best, in the heart of Dubai.

Established in 2011, SIKKA integrates the community’s aspirations and the artists’ ambitions and has the strong involvement of community members. Originally focused on visual arts, SIKKA Art Fair has now widened its scope to cover performing arts, film, and music.

Over the last few years, SIKKA has come to be the ultimate platform for Emirati and UAE-based artists to work and engage with their international counterparts, all of whom are in the city to experience its rich cultural roster of events.

Special events include outdoor film screenings, live music and entertainment, cultural walks, artist led talks, workshops and educational activities.

SIKKA draws its name from the alleyways between the historic houses of Dubai, and serves as a metaphor that befits the young and upcoming artists who seek to establish their creative and professional paths through their participation in the fair.

Dubai Culture not only provides the city’s talent a platform to showcase their art but also encourages content creation in an environment marked by continued encouragement and interaction with the creative community.

With sessions open to the public and led by key players in Dubai’s culture and arts sector, SIKKA also underlines the rich heritage of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.

Dubai Culture announces Selection Committee for SIKKA 2013 comprising eminent Emirati artists
With commissions expanded to include film, music, performing arts and other creative fields, the contemporary fair is a milestone in the evolution of a home-grown arts sector in Dubai.

The veteran Emirati artists who have joined hands with the committee’s members, Khalil Abdulwahid, Manager of Arts of Dubai Culture and Antonia Carver, Fair Director of Art Dubai, to review and shortlist the submissions from SIKKA’s open call that will be showcased, include: internationally renowned Emirati conceptual artist Mohammed Kazem, visual and performing artist Waleed Alzaabi, and multi-faceted visual artist Mattar Bin Lahej.

The Selection Committee members who all are committed to promote upcoming talent are now providing mentoring sessions to some of the artists whose works are being commissioned by Dubai Culture for exhibition during SIKKA 2013.

Khalil Abdulwahid said: “The eminent artists who are in the Selection Committee have played a pivotal role in setting the path for the future generation of artists in Dubai. Through their creative efforts, they have made rich contributions to the cultural framework of Dubai. They will lend their expertise and experience to support SIKKA, which aims at strengthening the creative potential of our emerging artists.”

A conceptual artist, Mohammed Kazem has the distinction of being the featured artist at the UAE National Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition–La Biennale di Venezia, and is noted for his distinctive style incorporating new media and his unique approach towards form and context. With over 25 years of experience, he first studied fine arts at the Emirates Fine Art Society; music at the Al Rayat Music Institute of Dubai and painting at the Edinburgh College of Art. Kazem’s works have been exhibited in renowned art fairs across the world, including the Mori Art Museum, Japan; AB Gallery, Luzern, Switzerland; among others.

Currently serving as the Director of Heritage and Arts in the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Community Development, Waleed Alzaabi has participated in over 25 plays, in addition to hosting workshops and training sessions for aspiring theatric talent on the intricacies of theatre design.

Painter, sculptor, and photographer, Mattar Bin Lahej, has exhibited his works in Abu Dhabi, Germany, Morocco, Kuwait, Turkey, and the United States of America, among others. Placing an immense emphasis on movement, his works primarily capture fast movements, particularly that of horses. He founded Marsam Mattar, a locally-driven gallery, in 2003 established to promote artistic talent.

Fair timings:
Thursday 14 March 18:00 – 00:00
Friday 15 March 16:00 – 00:00
Saturday 16 March 12:00 – 00:00
Sunday 17 March 14:00 – 22:00
Monday 18 March 14:00 – 22:00
Tuesday 19 March 14:00 – 22:00
Wednesday20 March 14:00 – 22:00
Thursday 21 March 14:00 – 00:00
Friday 22 March 16:00 – 00:00
Saturday 23 March 12:00 – 00:00
Sunday 24 March 18:00 – 00:00