March is going to be a busy month for art lovers in the capital. The Abu Dhabi Festival will fill your calendar with some of the world’s greatest theatrical and musical talent, while The Space will help you get your visual art fix with its month-long programme of events.
The Space is located on the ground floor of the TwoFour54 building and if it’s not already on your list of must see art venues, March is a great month to discover it.
Walking into The Space you are welcomed on all sides by culture. There is an art house cinema space to your right, which runs everything from US Sundance festival hits to up-and-coming Emirati short films. To your left, there are rows of fascinating coffee table art, architecture and Middle Eastern culture books, which are free for you to peruse over a cup of coffee. Some books can be purchased and some are free for the taking. There’s a fantastic espresso bar if you walk a bit father to the left. The service is friendly, and the coffee is rather good.
Front and centre is a sunny gallery space, which feels less like a cramped gallery and more a bright, shared studio space that in no way feels off limits. Farah Bushnaq, programme manager at The Space says, ‘The designers of The Space envisioned a place where patrons could work, hold meetings or have a conversation surrounded by art; a rotating show of local and locally inspired artists.’
Farah adds that, ‘The mission of The Space is to foster an intellectual and artistic environment within the TwoFour54 building. People are always surprised to see all the inspiring local art when they visit. Art lovers in the capital are much more used to a more commercial display of art. The Space is a pleasant departure from that.’
So, what you can expect from The Space in March? Here is your calendar of events:
From March 1-12, The Space will host the Abu Dhabi Art Collective, which is a new artist collaboration in the capital. The show will kick off with an evening of art from 7pm-9pm on March 1.
The AD Arts Collective will exhibit their second show at The Space and feature 40 new, never-before-seen artworks by 32 artists. The collective has put together an incredible range of work exploring many themes, styles and media, including paintings, collage, mosaics, and photography.
The mission of the collective is to establish a living art scene in Abu Dhabi for all artistic disciplines, promoting creativity and talent, and connecting artists and art lovers. The collective is a not-for-profit arts organization run by volunteer artists.
AD Arts Collective is pleased to be working with The Space organisation, which is a creative initiative in Abu Dhabi. Pierre Clezac, AD Arts Collective artist and organiser offers, ‘The Space provides a bright and positive venue for artists to display their work and build a community. We are looking forward to this exhibition at The Space, and we expect it to bring us a new audience.’
From March 16-18, the artwork of the students from the Cartoon Network Animation Academy will be on display if you would like to check out the local rising stars of the animation world. The show will feature the students’ illustrations and there will also be information stations.
On March 19, The Space will host an AD Art Collective member’s solo show. The work of artist Matt McCobb will be exhibited through the end of the month. From March 18-19 the cinema will host Cinema Emirati where all varieties of films created by or with the participation of Emirati filmmakers will be screened.
On March 22 and 25, in partnership with the Abu Festival and the philosophy department of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) – the only such department in the country – there will be a series of discussions exploring the relationship between the arts and science.
Philosophy will provide a critical scientific perspective. The series of public talks will present established international philosophers in conversation with an actor, a film producer and a visual artist who will consider the neuroscience of emotions and the philosophy of the mind.
Finally, from March 18-26, there will be an artist of robotic persuasion on hand to draw and paint. It is the creation of UAEU IT students and part of the Abu Dhabi Festival.
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