WHERE TO FIND GREAT ART IN DUBAI
Alserkal Avenue is a location full of creativity. About 20 galeries form a village where you can admire and purchase art in Dubai. Modern art, contemporary art and fine art made by local as well as foreign artists are all exhibitioned at galeries here. If you are wondering where to buy art in Dubai, you should definitely visit Alserkal Avenue.
We struggled to find and connect with the creative scene in Dubai. The museums you find in Dubai are pretty touristic and just not what we were looking for. We were very happy when we discovered Alserkal Avenue. A gallery village at the borders of Dubai city and the desert. It’s not like burning man and don’t expect a flashback to woodstock… Alserkal Avenue is is a collective of galleries in an industrial setting. Most of them sell and showcase contemporary art and promote artwork from the region. You will also find top notch art exhibitions of artwork from all around the world.
Be sure you have had a meal before you go to Alserkal Avenue, because there is only ONE restaurant there and everyone in the region comes here…
GREAT PLACES FOR ART IN DUBAI AT ALSERKAL AVENUE
LAWRIE SHABIBI ART GALLERY
Founded in March 2011, Lawrie Shabibi is a contemporary art gallery housed in a 3000 square foot warehouse in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz industrial district. The gallery’s mission is to promote contemporary art from the Middle East, North Africa, South and Central Asia regionally and internationally, and to serve as a platform for both emerging and established artists from this region and its diaspora.
SALSALI PRIVATE MUSEUM
Founded by collector and Patron of the Arts Ramin Salsali, the Salsali Private Museum is the first private museum for contemporary art in the region. This cultural project is the first of its kind to offer regional and international collectors a platform to meet and exchange ideas, offering them a dedicated space known as Collector Lounge.
THE CARTEL & DESERT FISH STUDIO
The cARTEL is a gallery and concept store specialised in avant garde fashion and wearable art including men’s wear, women’s wear, lifestyle and accessories and introduces a unique concept of retail, based on curating selected fashion designers worldwide under the same roof. Desert Fish Studio is a photography studio located in the same warehouse.
MOJO ART GALLERY
Established in 2008, the Mojo gallery is a multifunctional arts space that brings together several disciplines including fine art, design, new media and contemporary visual culture. The gallery presents exhibitions by both emerging and established international artists with a focus on contemporary art and artists from the African continent, including the Maghreb and Egypt.
GULF PHOTO PLUS
Gulf Photo Plus is a photography organization whose aim is to nurture and develop the photography community in the UAE and within the region by offering workshops, seminars, and events that encourage learning and skill development. GPP has garnered a reputation as the leader in photography events, with the annual Gulf Photo Plus event every March and the FotoWeekend event each November.
So if you love contemporary art and you are visiting Dubai, you know where to go now! Have you seen our other suggestions for visiting Dubai yet?