Monday 27th February 2017
The third edition of Dubai Canvas, the public 3D art festival organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office, will open on 1st March.
Dubai Canvas 2017 will feature the works of 25 artists shortlisted for the AED2.3 million Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award, the world’s first award that recognises excellence in 3D art. Held in partnership with Meraas, one of Dubai’s leading holding companies, the Festival will run from 1st to 7th March in City Walk and the public can attend it for free.
Initially, there were 122 entries from 35 countries and artists who submitted proposals for the award represented nearly 80 percent of the global community of 3D artists. A jury comprising renowned international and local artists will evaluate the 25 shortlisted artworks to select the top three winners. 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 public votes.
Commenting on the occasion, Mona Al Marri, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, said, "Dubai Canvas has become a magnet for the world’s most accomplished 3D artists, which reflects Dubai’s growing status as a global art hub. The success of the annual art event also signifies the growing vibrancy and international diversity of Dubai’s art scene, and the creative and innovative spirit of the city. This year, the art featured at the festival is based on the theme of happiness, which has been inspired by the UAE’s own focus on people’s happiness as one of its most important goals."
Public spaces in City Walk, Meraas’ urban living destination, have been converted into open-air "canvases" for the artists to create and display their works. The participants started working on their artworks a week before the official opening of the festival, giving the public a rare opportunity to watch the master artists at work.
Leading international 3D artists and the UAE-based art organisations will also hold free workshops to teach art skills and there will be dedicated ones for children. The festival will also host a variety of entertainment shows, including acrobatic displays and musical performances.
"The workshops, which will impart both basic and advanced art skills, present a unique opportunity for members of the public to learn from some of the world’s most innovative 3D artists and local art organisations. Families can spend time together to explore their creative talents and abilities, and more experienced artists will benefit from exposure to street art techniques that can widen their palette," said Brand Dubai Director Maitha Buhumaid.
The UAE-based organisations conducting workshops include The Cultural Office of H.H. Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Art Dubai, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Maraya Art Centre and the Mine Gallery. Some of the leading international 3D artists conducting workshops at Dubai Canvas include Odeith, Leon Keer, Fanakapan, Cuboliquido, Gennaro Troia and Andres Petroselli.