Friday, October 7, 2011

Calling all artists - Visions of Speed

The Ghaf Art Gallery is preparing an exhibition themed around the F1 Grand Prix races.

The Exhibition will take place in November and will coincide with the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix race that takes place from 11th-13th November 2011.

We invite artists based in the UAE to come up with a minimum of one work, in any medium, no larger than 100 cm X 100 cm, which would be exhibited for sale.

Please confirm your interest to participate by contacting the Exhibition Curators, Jalal Luqman or Mohamed Kanoo, via email to

Participation Conditions:
  1. Juried group exhibition
  2. The Standard Gallery Commission of 40% (on top of the Artist Price) will be calculated to form the Retail (Selling) Price.
  3. Chosen artists will pay 500Dhs participation fee.
  4. Deadline to submit artwork is 31st October 2011.
  5. Artwork must be exhibition ready.
  6. Artwork size cannot exceed 100cm x100cm.
  7. Participating artists must provide the gallery with hi-resolution jpegs of the artwork, artist biography and artist photograph.
  8. Artists are responsible to collect unsold artwork within one week from the completion of the exhibition; artworks remaining beyond this time will be subject to AED 100 per day storage fee.
  9. The gallery is not responsible for the delivery and pick up of any artworks.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Design a Formula One Car

To all artists living in the UAE

Abu Dhabi Airports Formula 1 Race Car ProjectAbu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is currently accepting applications for artists to participate in an ongoing project coinciding with F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (2011). A maximum of three artists will be selected and given creative freedom to design an F1 wire car which will be featured in advertising campaigns as well as an exhibition. The application is open to all UAE artists.The Formula One Car Contender: is a full scale replica of a Formula One race car, it is made out of wires and can be assembled easily according to the design of the artist. For further information and joining please find attach word file.Note : the deadline to submit application and proposal images will be extend to 8th October

if interested then please contact:
Reem Al NowaisADAC - Brand Manager
T: +971 2 505 3402

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CALL FOR ARTISTS - Raising the Stereotype

Submission Deadline: July 14

Exhibition: October 4 – October 29, 2011 (TBC)

"Raising the Stereotype"; an exhibition dedicated to deliver a message from the Arab youth to the rest of the world.With the constant bombardment of media into our daily lives, it is easy for one to develop certain stereotypes about different races, religions, and cultures. Muslims and Arabs are among those who have been overshadowed by generalizations that are mostly inaccurate assumptions. There is no one to blame, but we owe it to ourselves and to the world to raise those stereotypes and project the true essence of who we are, how we live, and what we stand for.Art is a form of expression, a unified language. Art is a message delivered in a creative manner.Express yourself. Break the stereotype.

If you are an aspiring or emerging Arab artist interested in creating your own unique visual commentary on this exhibition’s concept, please email

BEFORE July 14 with your CV and some samples of your previous works.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mansoor Bin Mohammed Photography Award

The Award in its second edition aims at run the largest photographic campaign within the UAE through encouraging professional and talented photographers to take pictures, collect and document all forms of life in the civil society of the UAE in the cities, villages and different parts of the country.

Award Categories:
Main Category (Emirates Neighborhoods):
The main theme focus of the ‘Furjan Al Emarat’ campaign is to highlight the details of UAE neighborhoods. All applicants who wish to apply for the main category they shall provide sequential snapshots (portfolio) which should include an accurate description of the urban areas where they lived or their environmental surroundings such as cities, villages, houses, buildings or network of corridors as well as sidewalks, roads and other landmarks. The photographs should be submitted as a package to give an accurate impression to the viewer about the nature of the place, home of the photographer.

The sub-categories of the Award will also focus on the neighborhood with a difference that photos shall be submitted individually and each photo shall include a single image for each category of the five categories:
1. Districts
2. Houses
3. Roads
4. Fields
5. Landmarks

Contest Awards:
Main Category Awards:
First-place : AED 35,000/-
Second-place : AED 30,000/-
Third-place : AED 25,000/-
Fourth-place : AED 20,000/-
Fifth-place : AED 15,000/-

Sup-categories Awards:
1. Districts : First-place (AED 10,000) , Second-place (AED 5,000)
2. Houses : First-place (AED 10,000) , Second-place (AED 5,000)
3. Roads : First-place (AED 10,000) , Second-place (AED 5,000)
4. Fields : First-place (AED 10,000) , Second-place (AED 5,000)
5. Landmarks : First-place (AED 10,000) , Second-place (AED 5,000)

Terms and conditions:
1. Applicants shall be either from UAE nationality or UAE residents.
2. Photographs shall be taken within the UAE with an accurate description of the location and the date of the photo.
3. Image format: JPEG with a minimum resolution 300 dpi.
4. Photographs shall not have been applied in the previous year of the Award or any other awards.
5. The applicant undertakes ownership of the photos submitted, and not to grant rights to any other party.
6. The applicant shall have full responsibility for any legal accountability to the images.
7. The applicant is not authorized to withdraw any applied documents as long as they were submitted.
8. The Award is authorized to use and disseminate the applicants’ works as well as display them in the Award’s events with retaining the right moral.
9. The applicant may subscribe with more than one photo and less than 10 photos in the main category, and not more than a photo of each sup-category.

How to apply:
1. Applying online by signing up for a new account on the Award website (
2. Activating the account through e-mail.
3. In case of applying online, materials shall be uploaded directly from the registered account, however in case of hand-delivered materials, they shall be submitted as CDs with the required documents to the headquarters of the Award in the Emirate of Dubai (Business Center Tower, Office 2101 A, Dubai Media City, UAE, Tel: +971501000323).
4. The Award will start receiving applications from January 15th, 2011 till April 15th, 2011.
Best to all,
Sumayyah Al Suwaidi

Saturday, February 5, 2011

UAE; A Work of Art

UAE; A Work of Art
Summer 2011
June 7 - August 31 *TBC*


An exhibition dedicated to present works of art by Emirati artists representing their home, the United Arab Emirates.

The United Arab Emirates is a country with a rich history and a great present. This exhibition is brought to you by the youth of this country. The presented works of art will be representations of the UAE from their viewpoint; a representation of what is home to them and what intrigues them. Each artist will use his/her unique form of expression to deliver their perspective of their home country. The end result; a collection of beautiful imagery and color reflecting the United Arab Emirates in the eyes of its people.

Complimenting this exhibition, information sessions will be held at The Ara Gallery during the period of the exhibition focused on overall Emirati cultural awareness and understanding. These sessions will be aimed at familiarizing tourists and expatriates with our traditions, culture, and overall lifestyle in the past and present. Coupled with the artwork displayed, guests will be able to truly experience the Emirati culture through the unified language of art and through talks and discussions on the people of the UAE and their culture.

Participating artists can take an active part in this initiative by attending some of the sessions and meeting with guests personally, thereby allowing for a dynamic exchange of thoughts, knowledge, and awareness.

Are you an Emirati artist with work that represents your view of the UAE?

Are you an Emirati artist who feels inspired to create original pieces of art which reflect this exhibition’s concept?

Please contact or send submissions to if you are interested in taking part in this upcoming exhibition.

Terms & Conditions:

kind regards,
Sumayyah Al Suwaidi

Home Workspace / Ashkal Alwan

Please find the link below to Ashkal Alwan's open call for the Home Workspace Program, and please circulate as you deem convenient, They are specifically targeting participants from Sharjah and around:

Sumayyah Al Suwaidi

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Jalal's Art Trip 2011-Inspirations from the deep

Dear Art Lovers

Jalal’s Art Trip is Jalal Luqman's initiative to give back to the community, by sponsoring 10-15 amateur artists by giving them that push to cross over to become professional artists.

Since its conception, Jalal’s Art Trip has as taken its students to Hatta, Margham, Jazirat Al Hamra and Sir Banyas Island. Many of my participants have gone on to become professional artists or professionals in the art and culture field, supporting our national initiative to become an art and culture capital on a global scale.

This year, Jalal’s Art trip 2011 takes its participants to the bottom of our Emirati Sea, to witness the beauty and inspiration of our magical underwater world. “Inspirations from the Deep” is the theme of his year’s JAT; this will give the artists the ability to portray the mysteries of the deep as well as possible indications to our environment and how to preserve it.

if you would like to participate, and have read the rules of participation below, please fill the application and email it to

To Watch Jalal's Art Trip video, please click on the link below:

The trip is open both genders and to all nationalities.
Applicants who have had an art exhibition (group or solo) or have been professionals in the art field will not be selected.
Only artwork inspired by the trip will be exhibited, older or unrelated artwork will not be accepted or exhibited.
Applications with no samples will not be considered.
A signed NOC with contact number from legal guardian for all Emirati ladies or participants under 18 years of age.
Missing 3 workshops for ANY reason forfeits your participation in the art exhibition.

نرحب بالذكور و الاناث من جميع الجنسيات و الاعمار
لن تقبل الطلبات من الفنانين المحترفين او الفنانين الذين قد اقاموا معارض سابقا
في المعرض المصاحب للرحلة لن تعرض اية لوحات قديمة او لا علاقة لها بالرحلة
يشترط على جميع الطلبات بان تكون كاملة و تحتوي على نماذج من اعمال الفنان
على المشاركات المواطنات و المشاركين دون ال18 سنة توفير رسالة عدم ممانعة من ولي الامر, و توفير رقم الهاتف لولي الامر
تعتبر المشاركة في المعرض لاغية في حال التغيب عن 3 ورش عمل لاي سبب كان

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Guess the Artist - open call art exhibition

"Calling Artists to take part in this unique art show"
The UAE is going to witness a whole new art show of its kind, inspired by "Spot the artist: Postcards from the RCA's Secret sale", 1st of Feb 2011 at Ghaf Art Gallery.

Please click on the link below for application form and terms and conditions,

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me,
thank you,
Sumayyah Al Suwaidi