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The Gulf Capital – Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award 2017

The Gulf Capital Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award 2017

 Now Open for Entries

 

Annual competition for artworks inspired by the Abu Dhabi Festival visual arts
exhibition now accepting entries

(Abu Dhabi, UAE: 27th March, 2017):  The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and Gulf Capital invite up and coming Emirati visual artists to take part in The Gulf Capital – Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award 2017. The open call invites emerging Emirati visual arts students and practitioners to visit the Festival’s headline exhibition, The Art of Nature, at Umm Al Emarat Park before creating an artwork inspired by the pieces presented to be in with a chance of winning the AED10,000 prize. Registration is open now until 23 April.

Launched at the Abu Dhabi Festival 2013, the Award was established to support the UAE visual arts scene, nurturing the creativity of Emirati students and emerging artists, and encouraging them to experience and be inspired by the Abu Dhabi Festival annual exhibition.

In 2016, the Award was won by emerging Emirati artist, Sara Al Ahbabi, for the photography series, ‘Here’s What They Think of Me?’, which was part of her capstone project at NYU Abu Dhabi. The series of staged images seek to challenge and confront several stereotypical scenarios encountered by the artist in her life, and aim to stimulate debate concerning perceptions of UAE identity. ‘Here’s What They Think of Me?’ is now on display in the Emirates Palace Auditorium Foyer until 31st March.

The Gulf Capital – Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award was created to support young national talent in creativity and the performing arts, in recognition of outstanding Emirati creativity in the visual arts, performing arts, literature, animation or film. Open to Emirati nationals, the award’s criteria is based on artistic merit, evidence of original and creative thinking and personal application of technical skills.

The Abu Dhabi Festival is presented and organised by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation. ADMAF is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that seeks to nurture the arts, education, culture and creativity for the benefit of society and advancement of Abu Dhabi’s cultural vision.

For further information on schedules, venues and performances please visit the Festival website www.abudhabifestival.ae. Abu Dhabi Festival can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Abu Dhabi Festival 2017 Ticket Information

Tickets will be available to purchase at: https://www.800tickets.com/abudhabifestival

Students receive 50% discount (ID required).

Performance: Emirates Palace Ticket Prices
China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra Diamond (AED 350); Pearl (AED 250); Balcony (AED125) sold out
Mariza in Concert All seats (AED 250); Students receive 50% discount (ID required) sold out
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma Diamond (AED 350); Pearl (AED 250); Balcony (AED125) sold out

 

About Abu Dhabi Festival

Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, the Abu Dhabi Festival is the UAE’s leading celebration of arts and culture. Launched in 2004, it continues to attract the highest calibre of artists to the UAE capital every year. The Festival has secured its place as the Arabian Gulf’s largest cultural event and has established partnerships with some of the world’s most influential cultural institutions including the Institut du Monde Arabe, Institut Francais, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Opera House and Carnegie Hall. In addition to a world-class, multidisciplinary programme at Emirates Palace, the Festival’s educational and community programmes bring together artists, students, community groups and cultural organisations from across the UAE. The Abu Dhabi Festival actively supports emerging Emirati talent and advocates the importance of arts and culture in all aspects of life in the UAE.

For more information please visit our website at: www.abudhabifestival.ae

 

About ADMAF

The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation seeks to nurture the arts, education, culture and creativity for the benefit of society and the advancement of Abu Dhabi’s cultural vision. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.  It was established in 1996 by Her Excellency Huda Ebrahim Alkhamis. ADMAF’s broad range of initiatives – including the Abu Dhabi Festival, year-round education and community programmes and The Nationals’ Gallery – brings together audiences of all ages and nationalities. Through them, it nurtures the creative talent of the UAE and beyond, in partnership with leading national and international institutions.

For more information please visit our website at: http://www.admaf.org/en

 

About Gulf Capital

Gulf Capital is one of the leading alternative asset management firms in the Middle East, investing across several asset classes including Private Equity, Private Debt and Real Estate. The Firm currently manages over AED 14.7 billion (US$4 billion) of assets across 10 funds and investment vehicles. Gulf Capital’s mission is to grow capital and build value with world-class expertise and best practices to generate sustainable superior performance for all stakeholders. Gulf Capital, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, invests its own capital alongside its fund investors’ capital in all of the funds it launches. Gulf Capital received regional and international recognitions from industry peers and experts. The Firm was awarded the “Best Private Equity Firm in the Middle East” Award by Banker Middle East Magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the “Best Private Equity Firm” in the Middle East and North Africa by Private Equity International, as well as “Best SMEs Credit Fund in the Middle East’ in 2015 and “Best Alternative Asset Management Firm in the Middle East” in 2016. The Firm is actively involved in real estate development through Gulf Related, its joint venture with the Related Companies, the leading private real estate developer in the United States. Gulf Related is focused on pursuing marquee large-scale mixed-use and residential real estate development opportunities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Gulf Capital also launched a Private Debt business, Gulf Credit Partners, which offers credit and mezzanine financing to meet the funding needs of fast-growing companies and to provide acquisition finance across the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Turkey. With its private equity, real estate and private debt initiatives, Gulf Capital is today one of the largest and most diversified alternative asset managers in the Middle East.

For more information about Gulf Capital PJSC, please visit Gulf Capital’s website at www.gulfcapital.com

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