World Art Dubai Celebrates Its 10th Edition This Weekend

Emma Hodgson   |   04-05-2024

The 10th edition of World Art Dubai is currently underway in Dubai World Trade Centre. 

The gathering is the region’s largest contemporary art fair and this year is showcasing over 10,000 artworks from 400 galleries and solo artists from 65 countries. 

Alongside a series of panel discussions and workshops, the fair offers a rich tapestry of paintings, sculptures, live performances, printmaking, photography, and digital art, appealing to art lovers of all ages. 

For this year’s event, there are plenty of exciting offerings. For example, The WAD Art Advisory service, available throughout the event, will offer personalised consultations with art curator Astrid Lesuisse and interior designer Raluca Filip from Filip Interiors. Using virtual reality technology, they will demonstrate how selected artworks can transform personal and professional spaces. 

Moreover, Urban Art DXB will electrify the event with a street art spectacle hosted by Graffiti Dubai, showcasing international and local graffiti stars.  The WAD Open Forum and Talks Programme presents panel discussions and keynotes bridging creativity and business, while the WAD Live Performances & Art Walk will transform the Dubai World Trade Centre into a platform for artistic creativity, featuring dynamic mixed media performances and live music.  Visitors will find hands-on workshops at the WAD Studio and a number of awards are also up for grabs. The 6th edition of the WAD Emerging Artists Prize, themed “Cultural Crossroads” will spotlight rising stars from around the world while the WAD Future Artist competition will showcase young talents from diverse backgrounds, offering them a platform to express their emotions through collaborative visual art.

The event also promises to be fun for all the family. The fair’s programme for kids will offer a variety of exciting activities, from hands-on workshops to educational sessions, such as Wild Paint House Artist, where kids can create vibrant masterpieces, to engaging sessions like woo-hoo! Tape-Resistant and Colour Blending Workshop, where they can explore the magic of colours and patterns. Plus, they can delve into art history with Masterminds, get hands-on with glass fusing in the Coaster Glass Fusing Workshop, and even try their hand at tufting with Art of Tufting by Handmayk. 

For art lovers of all ages, WAD 2024 promises an unforgettable experience, offering the predicted 15,000 visitors plenty of unique opportunities to interact directly with the art and the artists, reinforcing its position as a key event in the Dubai arts calendar and ensuring that this year’s edition is the most vibrant yet.