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World’s most celebrated street artists to showcase their work at Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017

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Dubai Canvas 2017 is organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), in partnership with Meraas, one of Dubai’s leading holding companies.

Project Manager of Dubai Canvas 2017 Ayesha bin Kalli said: “The artists that will showcase their work at the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival include some of the world’s most celebrated 3D street artists. These artists have played influential roles in the development of this nascent art form both in their own countries and globally. The Festival has been designed to create a high level of interaction between the artists and the public. The public will have invaluable opportunities to watch these masters at work when they start developing their 3D art pieces in the last week of February, ahead of the official start of the Festival.”

Returning to Dubai for another edition of Dubai Canvas is Leon Keer a world-leading 3D street artist. He has executed commissions in Europe, the United States, Mexico, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Russia, New Zealand, Australia and several Asian countries. His work features topical issues including current environmental concerns. The Dutch artist is constantly aware of the playfulness and beauty around him compared to the degradation, a contrast that he expresses and amplifies in his work.

Another artist returning to Dubai for the Festival is Fanakapan, a leading street artist based in London. Fanakapan started painting on the streets in 2000 around Bournemouth and Bristol following his studies at art school. His works of graffiti feature realistic balloon animals and letters. Fanakapan’s works depict letters shaped as silver foil balloons, whose lighting and shine make them seem as if they are bouncing off the wall. Fanakapan has painted graffiti art in different locations around the world in his highly technical free hand style that he has mastered over the past few years.

KAS, born and raised in Porto in Portugal, has worked in graffiti projects for several national and international companies. He has also participated in various street art events in Europe and international exhibitions across the world. His recent 3D works mix photorealism and puzzle patterns. He currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. KAS developed a passion for art at a young age. The self-made artist learned informally from some of the greatest graffiti artists in Portugal.

Japanese artist Tomoteru ‘Tomo’ Saito has won prestigious awards in street painting, most notably at the Grazie di Curtatone Madonnari Competition in Mantova, Italy where he was awarded the first place among ‘Maestri Madonnari’ in 2000 and 2001. He has participated in street painting festivals across Europe, US, Mexico, Hong Kong and Dubai. In 2016, he won the People’s Choice Award at the Street Painting Festival in Toulon, France; the first prize in the category of ‘Copyists’ at the Street Art Festival in Wilhelmshaven, Germany; and the first prize in the category of ‘Classical’ at Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival in Baltimore, US.

Mexican artist Juandrés Vera’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in cities such as Monterrey, Guanajuato and Durango in Mexico, Paris and New York. Juandrés Vera has obtained several awards from urban art projects such as both ephemeral and permanent murals in two-dimensional mode and anamorphic mode (3D) in countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Thailand and UAE, among others. He currently resides in León, Mexico.

Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra was born in São Paulo. At the invitation of the municipality of São Paulo, he made the first 3D pavement painting in Brazil. Cities where Kobra has displayed his artwork include Moscow, Lexington, Los Angeles, London, Athens, Lyon, New York. and Miami.  Kobra has painted a mural on the facade of ‘Museo dell’Altro e Dell’Altrove’, which faces the historical Via Prenestina in Rome. In Sweden, he painted the ‘Alfred Nobel’ mural in the city of Boras; and Poland, at the invitation of Urban Forms Gallery, where he painted The ‘Rubinstein’ on a huge wall. Kobra and his team now hold the Guinness World Record for the largest spray paint mural by a team. The work, which was commissioned by Rio 2016 to decorate the Olympic Boulevard, measures 3,000 square meters.

Laurent Hamelin, also known as Milouz, is a self-taught French artist, who is the founder of the famous TSFcrew. Painting since 1995, he started his career as a graffiti artist and quickly began painting big figurative walls with his group. For more than ten years, he has worked in partnership with the artist Papy. Together, they have painted enormous ‘trompe l’oeil’ pieces that opened doors to dreamlike universes. The quality and originality of his creations brought invitations from around the world to create anamorphic pieces, apart from the opportunity to work with famous brands.

The AED2.3 million Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award saw a total of 122 entries from 35 countries. Artists who submitted proposals for the Award represent almost 80% of the global community of 3D artists. The 25 artists shortlisted for the final round of the Award will display their creations at the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival to be held in March. The shortlisted artists will be creating their 3D art pieces from 22 – 28 February at City Walk, a week ahead of the start of the Festival.

A jury comprising of renowned international and local artists will evaluate the 25 shortlisted artworks to select three winners for the Award. The winners will be honoured at a ceremony to be held at the Festival. There will also be a ‘People’s Choice’ award based on votes from the public.

Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017 aims to build on the success of last year’s Festival. The 2016 event, which featured the works of a wide array of artists from across the world, received an overwhelming response from both residents and visitors to Dubai.

Global 3D art pioneers to display their work at Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017

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Some of the world’s most innovative 3D artists, who are considered pioneers of this unique emerging art form, will create and display their work at the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival to be held in City Walk from 1 to 7 March 2017. The event features the works of 25 international artists shortlisted for the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award.
Dubai Canvas 2017 is organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), in partnership with Meraas, one of Dubai’s leading holding companies. Project Manager of Dubai Canvas 2017 Ayesha bin Kalli said: “Dubai Canvas 2017 will feature the creations of some of the world’s most skilled and innovative 3D artists who are pioneers of various new styles, techniques. These are artists whose work has expanded the possibilities of 3D art and inspired many other artists across the world.

The artists will start working on their creations at City Walk during the week preceding the Festival, from 22 – 28 February, giving the public an invaluable opportunity to watch them at work. I am sure that the art on display at the event will intrigue and amaze the audience and create memorable experiences for them.”

Portuguese artist Odeith, best known as one of the pioneers of 3D graffiti, is one of the shortlisted artists who will be displaying his work at the Festival. Odeith’s artworks are extremely detailed and realistic, almost photographic in their precision, creating the impression of something solid. Viewers often find it hard to believe that his 3D works are regular flat-surface paintings and not sculptures when seen from a certain distance. Internationally recognised for his 3D pieces, Odeith is often invited to exhibit his work outside of his native Portugal. Odeith is no stranger to Dubai having exhibited his work in last year’s Dubai Canvas.

Qi Xinghua, who describes himself as ‘China’s first 3D artist’, is a four-time Guinness World record holder for making the world’s largest 3D paintings. Xinghua, who is making his second appearance at the annual Dubai Canvas Festival, is renowned for the strong 3D impact of his designs, which often leave people wondering what is real and what is fantasy. He uses a technique called ‘reverse version’ or ‘inverse-perspective’ in which far away objects appear big and close objects small.

Ruben Poncia from the Netherlands is another artist returning to Dubai for this year’s Festival. He started his career making acrylic and oil paintings in a realistic or surrealistic style in which he sometimes used perspective tricks. Later, he used his perspective tricks to create 3D street art. Poncia, who now works mainly as a 3D street artist, performs at 5-10 festivals a year. He considers street art as an artistic challenge as the artist is out in the open and has a limited time to create his work.

Remko van Schaik from Netherlands, yet another artist returning to Dubai for the Festival, believes 3D street painting is a great test of an artist’s creativity and skills since it is a very public activity. He started pursuing street painting after seeing street painters working in his hometown Utrecht. After initially creating 2D street paintings in the traditional way, he got interested in the technique of making 3D street paintings.

Truman Adams, who sold his first painting at 10, is a versatile artist who works in a range of genres: mosaics, portraits, illustration, fine art, murals, decorative, and 3D and 2D street art.

Vera Bugatti, an Italian artist and street painter whose works feature human, ontological and environmental issues, takes inspiration both from ancient and contemporary themes. She has taken part in several street art events all over the world. Bugatti works with several techniques, ranging from chalk and paints to wire, electric elements and nails.

Rene Muniz, from Brazil, is an advertising and graffiti artist, whose passion is to convey positive messages like love and peace through art.

Russian artist Nikolaj Arndt who also participated in Dubai Canvas last year, has displayed his 3D art pieces at street art festivals in different cities across the world. In 2006, Nikolaj Arndt moved to Germany where he is now based. He currently teaches at a private art school and works with advertising agencies and galleries.

Ryszard Paprocki is an architect and painter who is considered Poland’s most renowned 3D artist. Since 2011, he has created several large 3D paintings in Poland and across the world. His work is usually created in the presence of a large audience. Separately, he also creates easel paintings, monumental paintings, interior designs, sculptures, landscape architecture and industrial design as well as abstract paintings, installations and large hyper-realistic 3D graffiti.

The AED2.3 million Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award saw a total of 122 entries from 35 countries. Artists who submitted proposals for the Award represent almost 80% of the global community of 3D artists. The 25 artists shortlisted for the final round of the Award will display their creations at the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival to be held in March.

A jury comprising of renowned international and local artists will evaluate the 25 shortlisted artworks to select three winners for the Award. The winners will be honoured at a ceremony to be held at the Festival. There will also be a ‘People’s Choice’ award based on votes from the public.

Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017 aims to build on the success of last year’s Festival. The 2016 event, which featured the works of a wide array of artists from across the world, received an overwhelming response from both residents and visitors to Dubai.

Eclectic group of international artists to showcase their creations at Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017

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Artists shortlisted for the AED 2.3 million Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award will create and display their stunning 3D artworks at the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival to be held in City Walk from 1 to 7 March 2017. The shortlist features an eclectic group of accomplished international 3D artists who bring diverse creative perspectives and technical skills.

Dubai Canvas 2017 is organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), in partnership with Meraas, one of Dubai’s leading holding companies.

Project Manager of Dubai Canvas 2017 Ayesha bin Kalli said: “The third edition of Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival brings together some of the most exciting artists in the global 3D art world. The artists featured in the Festival are all people who are constantly experimenting with new styles, techniques and perspectives to push the boundaries of this unique genre of art. We expect this year’s Festival to be another great carnival of art and creativity.”

“The AED2.3 million Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award saw a total of 122 entries from 35 countries. Artists who submitted proposals for the Award represent almost 80% of the global community of 3D artists. The initial selection committee shortlisted 25 artists for the final round of the Award. Their works will be featured in the third Dubai Canvas Festival taking place in March. We are confident that the stunning art on display at the Festival will attract large audiences across all ages,” Bin Kalli added.

Many of the 25 artists in the shortlist are international luminaries in the 3D art world. Versatile Italian artist Tony Cuboliquido was the first to experiment with anamorphic 3D art and animated art with video mapping. His works have been commissioned by some of the world’s largest companies including Disney, Universal Cinema, Luxottica, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Samsung and Unilever. Cuboliquido’s works can be seen in the ‘Basilica of the Nativity’ in Bethlehem and the Basilica of the ‘Virgin of Nativity’ in Mexico City.

Dima Fatum, a Ukrainian street artist’s works are characterised by unique experiments with different artistic styles and genres including surrealism, the ‘double’ images and calligraphy. His work also combines post-graffiti and abstract graffiti styles.

American artist John Pugh’s works focus primarily on 3D wall murals. Pugh has received numerous public and private commissions in the United States, Taiwan, and New Zealand. His particular mural style sparked the term ‘Narrative Illusionism’.

German artist Ella Mundt has collaborated with the well-known street artists Manfred Stader and Edgar Müller. She runs a studio for commissioned works with special focus on portraits.

Gennaro Troia, an accomplished Italian pavement artist, is the founder of the Neapolitan School of Madonnari, a group of artists who have exhibited their unique creations across the world.

Hungarian artist Fat Heat, who calls himself an ‘addict’ to graffiti art, got bitten by the art bug in 1998 when he first encountered another artist’s work on some buildings near his home. His works can be found in the form of large murals throughout Europe.

Andres Iglesias Petroselli, an Argentinian artist’s work has been displayed in Brazil, Spain, France and Netherlands apart from Argentina. Also known as Cobre, Petroselli is one of Argentina’s major 3D artists.

Russian artist Danila Shmelev, who has previously worked as a tattoo artist, started painting 3D art after she worked in a 3D illusion museum. She took part in the uinternational art festival ‘Stenograffia’ with two 3D artworks.

A jury comprising of renowned international and local artists will evaluate the 25 shortlisted artworks to select three winners of the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award. The winners will be honoured at a ceremony to be held at the Festival. There will also be a ‘People’s Choice’ award based on votes from the public.

Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017 aims to build on the success of last year’s Festival. The 2016 event, which featured the works of a wide array of artists from across the world, received an overwhelming response from both residents and visitors to Dubai.

Brand Dubai Announces Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017

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Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), has announced that the third edition of the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival will be held in partnership with Meraas, one of Dubai’s leading holding companies, from 1 to 7 March 2017.

Director General of GDMO Her Excellency Mona Al Marri said: “This year, Dubai Canvas will once again showcase the works of leading contemporary 3D artists from across the globe. Organising the art event is part of Brand Dubai’s efforts to implement the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to transform Dubai into an open-air art museum. The Festival supports Dubai’s development as a global cultural hub and the enhancement of its cultural and artistic ambience.”

“Dubai Canvas aims to bring world-class art to Dubai’s urban spaces and create opportunities for the public to interact with renowned artists and engage with their creative work. Public spaces in CITY WALK, Meraas’ urban living destination, will be converted into open-air ‘canvases’ for artists to display their work. The Festival reflects the vision, character and cultural diversity of Dubai and the innovative and creative spirit of its community,” HE Al Marri further said.

Group Chairman of Meraas His Excellency Abdulla Ahmed Al Habbai said: “Meraas partnership with Brand Dubai to bring one of Dubai’s leading art events to the public reinforces our commitment to create experiences that are urban in nature and actively engages the public. As an outdoor destination that provides a unique lifestyle experience, CITY WALK offers the ideal venue for 3D artists to create and showcase their work. It is also the perfect space for the public to interact with the artworks. With its unique mix of offering and a rich existing street art landscape, CITY WALK’s creative urban vibe fits in perfectly with the aims of the Festival. ”

Speaking about the cooperation with Meraas, HE Al Marri said: “We are confident that our collaboration with Meraas will help create yet another exciting and memorable event. CITY WALK provides a dynamic, and at the same time, intimate and creative space for showcasing the works of the world’s leading 3D artists. We greatly appreciate the support that Meraas has extended to the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival.”

Dubai Canvas 2017 will build on the success of last year’s Festival that featured the works of over 60 artworks created by 30 artists from 14 countries. The event received an overwhelming response from both residents and visitors to Dubai.

A broad array of artists, including the stars in the global 3D art world, participated in last year’s event. Featured artists included the inventor of 3D street art Kurt Wenner; New York-based artist and cyborg activist Neil Harbisson; Dutch pop-surrealist artist Leon Keer; Portuguese street artist Odeith; London-based graffiti artist Fanakapan; Chinese street artist Qi Xinghua; Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra and British muralist Shok-1.

Jumeirah Group partners with Brand Dubai and Dubai Culture to unveil 101 luxury golf buggies featuring inspirational Arabic artwork

332c41fc_3201x2bc1wTransparentGuests at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach hotel will soon be travelling between the resorts in one of 101 new luxurious golf buggies decorated with artwork inspired by the UAE’s heritage and culture.

The project is the result of collaboration between Jumeirah Group, Dubai Culture and Brand Dubai, which sees the new fleet of vehicles featuring the artwork of four female Emirati artists and one UAE-based artist.

Unveiling the fleet of buggies, Margaret Paul, General Manager of Madinat Jumeirah, said: “With a beach stretching more than 2 kilometres long, our new fleet of luxurious six-seater golf buggies offer guests the chance to travel around Madinat Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, in ultimate comfort and style.

“The 101 new buggies provide a unique canvas for the artworks of the Emirati artists that blend modernity and tradition. This initiative is inspired by the vision for transforming Dubai into an open-air museum for art. Forming a partnership with Dubai Culture and Brand Dubai, we’ve worked with some extremely talented artists to deliver artistic concepts inspired by the traditions of the country. The result is a unique experience that brings a combination of contemporary art and the heritage of the country to our guests.”

Sheikha Wafa Bint Hasher Al Maktoum’s work was derived from exploring relationships among shapes, intertwining figures using black, silver and white to enhance different dimensions and to show sharp contrast as well as mirror images of various elements that surround the artist, in this case camels.

Eman Al Raesi’s colourful work is a mixture of pop surrealism and cubism with a hint of expressionism. Her main inspiration is the local UAE women and masters of modernism including Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh. Also inspired by Emirati women, artist Hessa Al Awadhi used a pop-art inspired pattern showcasing Arab women’s love for traditional henna art. Sheikha Bin Dhaher’s illustration depicts the native species of fish found off the coast of the Emirates and the local fish markets.

UAE-based Majid Alyousef’s artwork is inspired by the three fingers hand sign featuring the words; Win, Victory, and Love. The Arabic calligraphy artwork forms a composition representing the dynamics and movement of the city and its quest toward its objectives.

Moza Suwaidan, Director Projects & Events, Dubai Culture and Art Authority said: “At Dubai Culture we are delighted to collaborate with our partners Jumeirah Group and Brand Dubai to bring the 101 golf buggies project to life. By providing our artists with such platforms, we are looking to further demonstrate our commitment to fulfill the objectives of Dubai Plan 2021 and to further establish Dubai as a definitive cultural destination and a fast-growing global arts hub. These unique visual designs developed by the UAE’s creative community bring art to the attention of both residents and visitors in innovative ways, using public objects as a canvas. We are confident that the 101 project will positively influence people’s perceptions of the city by showcasing the Emirate’s flourishing arts scene.”

Shaima Al Suwaidi, Executive – Innovation, Brand Dubai said: ”Our collaboration with Jumeirah Group and Dubai Culture in this unique art project is aligned with our broader effort to implement public art projects in Dubai that inspire creativity and innovation. As part of realising the vision to transform the city into an open-air art museum, Brand Dubai is keen to work with both public and private sector organisations as well as artists on projects that can enhance the cultural and artistic ambience of the city and bring out its unique character.

The golf buggies have been designed exclusively for Jumeirah by Danish manufacturer Garia, the market leader in luxury golf buggies. The construction of the buggies – which are 100% electric – utilizes wind turbines to generate 39% of the power required for the vehicles’ construction. Each buggy is comprised of more than 1,700 pieces.

Dubai Canvas Festival expresses appreciation to organisations and individuals who contributed to event’s success

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The organisers of the Dubai Canvas Festival held an event at the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) today to express their appreciation to the organisations and individuals who contributed to the success of the event.  Certificates were awarded to representatives of the organisations that supported the event as well as volunteers and local artists. Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) Her Excellency Mona Al Marri said: “We express our special gratitude to Dubai Properties’ Jumeirah Beach Residence for the exceptional support they extended to the Festival. Our partnership with JBR helped us create an event that truly brought art to the community by enabling them to engage and interact with the artworks closely in an urban space stretching over two kilometres.” “The organisation of the event was led by a team of young and dynamic Emiratis, and the success of this event shows that young talent in this country will always excel when offered the right opportunities. The event was also an opportunity for young artists in the UAE to interact closely and learn from the renowned global artists that took part in the event.”  Al Marri expressed her thanks to all the individuals and organisations who contributed to the success of the event. Apart from Jumeirah Beach Residence, organisations whose representatives were awarded certificates included Arabian Radio Network, Kassab Media, Done Events and Octopus. A total of 30 volunteers and five local artists were also awarded certificates.   The winners of Festival’s Instagram competition were announced at the event. Her Excellency Mona Al Marri awarded prizes to the winners. Timothy John won the first prize of AED 20,000. Elena Kyrnaeva, the second place winner, won AED 15,000 and Khadizha Katsaeva, the third place winner, won AED 10,000.
The competition, announced during the event, invited the public visiting the Festival to post their pictures of artworks exhibited at the event on Instagram.  A dedicated jury panel chose the winners based on the quality, creativity and 3D representation of the pictures. To qualify for entry, all pictures were required to be taken with a mobile phone without being enhanced or edited in any way.
Organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), in cooperation with Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), a renowned destination developed and managed by Dubai Properties (DP), the second annual Dubai Canvas Festival featured over 60 artworks by 30 artists from 14 countries.

Dubai Canvas Festival 2016 concludes

5bd2c160_3201x2bc1wTransparentThe second edition of Dubai Canvas Festival concluded today at Jumeirah Beach Residence after enthralling the public and art lovers alike with the creations of some of the world’s best street artists.

Organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), in cooperation with Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), a renowned destination developed and managed by Dubai Properties (DP), Dubai Canvas Festival 2016 featured over 60 artworks of 30 artists from 14 countries. The artworks were exhibited in a public space stretching over two kilometres in JBR.  Inspired by the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to transform Dubai into an open-air art museum, the two-week Festival received an overwhelming response from residents and visitors to Dubai.  Commenting on the success of the event, Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office Her Excellency Mona Al Marri said: “The Festival contributes to reinvigorating the art scene not only in Dubai but the entire region. Events like this serve to boost enthusiasm and appreciation for art within the community and create a vibrant creative and cultural ambience.  The success of the Festival adds to Dubai’s emerging profile as a global art hub and a trailblazer in organising innovative international art events.”

“The Dubai Canvas Festival is inspired by the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to support and encourage all forms of innovation and creativity. The Festival also supports Dubai’s key objective of becoming a city of happy, creative and empowered people and a preferred place for people from across the world to live, work and visit,” Al Marri further said.

During the Festival, Brand Dubai announced Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award – the world’s first award that recognizes excellence in 3D art. The AED 2.3 million ($650,000) Award invites submissions from artists all over the world under the theme of ‘Happiness’. A jury comprised of renowned international and local artists will evaluate the submissions to name three winners. Awards in two special categories – ‘Best Emirati Participation’ and ‘People’s Choice’ – will also be given away.

Al Marri said: “The Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award, which is the first of its kind in the world, reflects Dubai’s keenness to provide a supportive environment for art and artists to flourish. This new initiative complements one of Dubai Canvas Festival’s key objectives of supporting the development of artistic talent both in the UAE and across the world.”

The 2016 Festival saw an even broader array of artists than last year. Participating artists included the inventor of 3D street art Kurt Wenner; New York-based artist and cyborg activist Neil Harbisson; Dutch pop-surrealist artist Leon Keer; Portuguese street artist Odeith; London-based graffiti artist Fanakapan; Chinese street artist Qi Xinghua; Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra and British muralist Shok-1.

HE Mona Al Marri expressed her gratitude to Jumeirah Beach Residence for their partnership, which was instrumental in the successful organisation of the Festival. She also thanked the artists for participating in the event and sharing their expertise with the public and young local artists. Al Marri also thanked the organising team and the volunteers for the efficient running of the Festival and their proactive efforts to make sure the visitors were able to engage with the artworks and enjoy the Festival.

Arif Mubarak, CEO of Dubai Properties’ Asset Management Arm under Dubai Properties Group said: “We have witnessed a tremendous transformation at JBR over the last 2 weeks, turning it into a true an open air gallery which received unparalleled recognition from art enthusiasts and the local and international audiences. This event has furthered JBR’s position in leading the unconventional art scene not only in the UAE, but in the Middle East as well, while immediately answering to the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The selection of JBR as the official venue for Dubai Canvas, and our partnership with Brand Dubai has proven to be a great success in contributing to attracting massive numbers to this festival being held at this renowned outdoor destination. We are positive that this event has inspired the local community at large, and we hope that next year we will see an event wider participation from home-grown talent.”

Artists taking part in the Festival had words of high praise for the event.  The inventor of 3D street painting Kurt Wenner said that the multicultural composition of Dubai provides a perfect environment for the interactive images he creates. He said that the city is a good barometre of the success of new art forms like 3D art. “Dubai is a city of the future. It grows with design and intention rather than by historical accident. Therefore, the city provides a good measure for the future success of an art form,” he said.

The Festival also featured Neil Harbisson, who charmed Dubai’s public with his musical interpretation of the city’s colours. Harbisson is best known as the world’s first cyborg artist as well as the first individual to be recognised as a cyborg by a government. Born with colour blindness, Harbisson has an antenna implanted in his skull that allows him to ‘hear’ colours as different musical frequencies. The artist unveiled a musical composition called ‘Colour Dubai Symphony’ at the Dubai Canvas Festival in collaboration with local singers and musicians, his first piece based on the colours of a city.

Harbisson believes Dubai provides the perfect setting for him to share his tonal perspectives on colour. “Dubai’s unique cityscape and cultural diversity create a unique palette that strongly identifies its character,” he said. The artist, who is also a cyborg activist, saw his participation in Dubai Canvas Festival as a great opportunity to share an emerging art movement with the Middle East.  The two-week Dubai Canvas Festival ran from 1 March to 14 March 2016.

Expanded area of Dubai Canvas Festival creates greater opportunities for public to engage with art

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The expansion in the area of the second edition of the Dubai Canvas Festival has provided increased opportunities for the public to interact with and experience the artworks at the Festival.

Organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), in partnership with Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), a renowned destination developed and managed by Dubai Properties (DP), the second annual Dubai Canvas Festival features over 60 works exhibited in an urban space stretching over two kilometres.   The Festival has taken art beyond the traditional confines of a gallery into an easily accessible public space, enabling the audience to experience it in unique ways. The event prominently features 3D street art, which creates images that appear to rise from, or fall into, the ground when viewed from a specific angle. The intriguing illusions created by 3D art pulls the viewer to explore the artwork intimately.  Arif Mubarak, CEO of Dubai Properties’ Asset Management Arm under Dubai Properties Group said: “Dubai Properties is proud to be hosting Dubai Canvas at JBR this year, and we believe that the festival has proven its success to the country’s residents and tourists every day. We have offered Dubai Canvas this year an expanded space of approximately 2 kilometers giving the chance to a wider number of artists to display their work. Through a number of pre-planned initiatives and events, JBR is leading the unconventional art scene, not only in the UAE but in the Middle East, and becoming a unique platform for artists from around the world.”

Member of the Organising Committee of the Dubai Canvas Festival Ayesha bin Kalli said: “Expanding the area devoted to the Festival has not only allowed us to feature a broader array of artists but also bring art closer to the public. Our partnership with Dubai Properties’ Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) has helped us create a truly memorable event for the public by removing many of the barriers that limit audience interaction with art. The partnership has also allowed us to highlight the vibrance and dynamism of Dubai as a venue for exhibiting global art.”

With its unique urban vibe, the Jumeirah Beach Residence, one of Dubai’s most exciting leisure destinations, offers the ideal setting for showcasing the Festival’s unique artworks. JBR’s public walkways, boulevards and plazas provide not only an open venue for the public to engage and interact with the artworks but also the perfect space for the Festival’s extraordinary artists to create their works.

Organisers have also used the expanded area of the Festival to hold a range of events on the sidelines including workshops for both adults and children. Two of the most prominent artists featured in the Festival, Kurt Wenner and Neil Harbisson, conducted a series of workshops that explained their artistic techniques and creative approach. Other workshops imparted both advanced and basic street art skills to artists and the general public. The audience at the Festival also had opportunities to interact with various artists at intimate gatherings.

The Dubai Canvas Festival features a broad array of exciting artists including New York-based artist and cyborg activist Neil Harbisson; the inventor of 3D street art Kurt Wenner; Dutch pop-surrealist artist Leon Keer; Portuguese street artist Sergio Odeith; London-based graffiti artist Fanakapan; Chinese street artist Qi Xinghua; Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra and British muralist Shok-1.

Dubai Canvas Festival workshops take art closer to the community

ec1c14eb_3201x2bc1wTransparentDubai Canvas Festival is seeking to take art closer to the Dubai community through unique workshops being held on the sidelines of the event. Two of the most prominent artists featured in the Festival, Kurt Wenner and Neil Harbisson, presented a series of workshops that explained their artistic techniques and creative approach.

Wenner, who is acknowledged across the world as the founder of 3D art, conducted workshops on his artistic methods while Harbisson, the world’s first cyborg artist, demonstrated how he uses an antenna implanted in his skull to ‘hear’ colours. Organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), in partnership with Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), a renowned destination developed and managed by Dubai Properties (DP), the Dubai Canvas Festival features over 60 works of 30 well-known international, regional and local artists. In his workshops, Wenner demonstrated the techniques he uses to create unique 3D illusions in his works.Wenner invented 3D pavement art in 1984 inspired by the use of the ‘anamorphic’ perspective of the European classical masters. The artist created an entirely new geometry to compose images that appear to rise from, or fall into, the ground when viewed from a specific angle. Wenner’s workshops explained the principles of geometry and perspective that are fundamental to the creation of his works.  The artist feels Dubai provides an ideal environment for displaying his creative work. “The multicultural composition of Dubai is a perfect environment for the interactive images I create. In many ways, Dubai is a city of the future. It grows with design and intention rather than by historical accident. Therefore, the city provides a good measure for the future success of an art form,” he said.

In another unique series of workshops, Neil Harbisson demonstrated how he uses the tonal equivalent of colours to create unique musical pieces. Harbisson, who has officially been recognised as a cyborg, ‘hears’ the tonal equivalent of colours through an antenna implanted in his skull. His workshop explained how he uses audible frequencies received from his implant to interpret the colours of the world around him in terms of sound. Member of the Organising Committee of Dubai Canvas Festival, Ayesha bin Kalli said: “We have designed the workshops to create opportunities for the public to engage with and interact with the artists. As part of our objective of supporting the development of art in Dubai, we are seeking to raise awareness and interest in the unique forms of art being showcased at the Festival.” part from Kurt Wenner and Neil Harbisson, artists participating in the Dubai Canvas Festival include Dutch pop-surrealist artist Leon Keer; Portuguese street artist Sergio Odeith; London-based graffiti artist Fanakapan; Chinese street artist Qi Xinghua; and Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra.

The artworks are being exhibited in an area stretching over two kilometres within Jumeirah Beach Residence. The public visiting the Festival have numerous opportunities to watch master street artists at work. The Festival is free to attend. The event runs from 1 March to 14 March 2016 at JBR from 4.00 pm to 10.00 pm on weekdays and from 10.00 am to 11.00 pm on the weekend.

Mohammed bin Rashid visits Dubai Canvas Festival 2016

ff10326e_3201x2bc1wTransparentVice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum today visited Dubai Canvas Festival 2016.

Deputy Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Director General of Dubai Protocol Department Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman and Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office Mona Al Marri accompanied HH Sheikh Mohammed during the visit.

HH Sheikh Mohammed affirmed that the United Arab Emirates supports all forms of creativity and innovation and will continue its efforts to bring happiness and greater welfare to its people. His Highness also said that the development of the arts mirrors the development of the community. The arts represent a form of communication that goes beyond language and breaks cultural barriers, he said. His Highness further said that the UAE’s encouragement for innovation has made it a hub for innovators to exchange ideas and experiences.  Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office Her Excellency Mona Al Marri briefed HH Sheikh Mohammed on the festival’s objectives and activities.  HH Sheikh Mohammed toured the festival and viewed the 3D artworks exhibited in an area stretching over two kilometres within Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). The festival showcases the works of 30 artists from 14 countries.

HH Sheikh Mohammed interacted with some of the artists who thanked him for the launch of the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award, the world’s first award that recognises excellence in 3D art. Al Marri said some of the works exhibited at the Festival have been inspired by Dubai’s environment and lifestyle. She said extending the festival to two weeks has given the public further opportunities to experience and engage with the artworks.

Apart from the artworks, the second edition of the Festival features many events on the sidelines including custom designed workshops and other activities designed for different ages. The Dubai Canvas Festival is free to attend. The event runs from 1 March to 14 March 2016 from 4.00 pm to 10.00 pm on weekdays and from 10.00 am to 11.00 pm on the weekend.