Don’t be confused by the name: Alserkal Avenue. It’s not an avenue in the typical sense of the word but rather a conglomerate of art warehouses in one walkable space. It is amazing. This was my first trip to the galleries in the warehouse district of Dubai but, it will not be my last.
The space includes established studios, artists residences, places to eat, and pop up shops. It’s in a constant state of evolution. There are young people here interested in supporting and promoting the arts. Everyone I visited in the galleries are friendly and talkative. To make me even happier, there weren’t many people around on Friday midday (holy day here).
Check out their website for more information and to keep up with all the happenings … nearly everyday is something new and every month is a new topic. https://alserkalavenue.ae/en/index.php
Oh yeah, it is free and it is hip.
Dubai design week is not just for working professionals. It is a celebration of art and design for the entire public sphere. There are talks and workshops and exhibitions. There will be something available when you have time this week.
I was pulled away from my planned itinerary by a Ms. Paula Zuccotti. I will be documenting her documentation. I will post an update later but, I want to encourage one and all to stop by while you have a chance to participate yourself.
For more information check out the website @DubaiDesignWeek:
EVERY THING WE TOUCH (INSTALLATION)
Designed by Paula Zuccotti // 13 – 18 November // 10am – 9pm
Ground Floor, Building 6, Dubai Design District
Paula’s exhibition ‘Every Thing We Touch – Dubai Design Week’ will explore the cultures that make up Dubai, using everyday artifacts as the storytellers, and examining the similarities and differences of these objects. Many things we know about past civilizations are gleaned from the insights gathered through their objects. Paula’s art of future archeology reflects on the customs, traditions and behaviours of the different people and cultures of Dubai through the physical footprint of the objects they interact with in a day.
SIDE NOTE FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT IN THE AREA >>> keep your eyeballs peeled! Hopefully one day Paula will decide to visit and document the neighborhood that you live in – your family and friends. She is on the move all over the globe so, when this becomes your reality, you must participate.