Campus Art Dubai
Running from January-June 2013, Campus Art Dubai is a series of intensive courses for artists and curators living and working in the UAE. Part of Art Dubai’s extensive educational programming, it is held in partnership with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).
Following an open call in November 2012, 40 participants were selected, and in January 2013, began monthly sessions consisting of practical workshops and theoretical debates, which aim to nurture the participants’ knowledge and skills. The artists and curators work towards new bodies of work and “virtual exhibitions”, to be presented when the courses conclude in June.
Campus Art Dubai has been developed in part to help 'bridge the gap' between formal education and professional practice, and aims to help fast-track participants for a career in the arts.
The programme provides a setting within which participants pursuing art practice, curatorial work and critical writing engage with experts, benefiting from their experience and guidance to develop and hone their knowledge, appreciation and skills. Each session, generally held at Traffic, is led by visiting tutors -- internationally renowned artists, curators, theorists and educators.
Campus Art Dubai 2013 consists of two strands:
· Artists' sessions on portfolio-building; critical thinking; shipping and hanging works; applying for residencies and gallery exhibitions; liaising with museums; and creating artists’ books.
· Curators' sessions offer expertise and dedicated coaching on writing about art; commissioning artists; documenting artworks and exhibitions; liaising with PR, press and critics; exhibition layout and design skills. Through the course of the six months, the curators will be expected to devise a thematic, group exhibition, to present in the final sessions in June 2013.
In addition, Campus Art Dubai includes monthly evening seminars, open to the public - from art enthusiasts to collectors, dealers, educators and students – providing access to the international experts and engaging them in the discussions and outcome.
We are delighted to be developing the programme in collaboration with not-for-profit art institutions in the UAE, including Barjeel Art Foundation, Maraya Art Centre, Traffic and Pavilion Downtown Dubai.