Dubai design fairs to be held in March 2012

Art Week 2012 is an umbrella programme featuring Sikka, Art Dubai and the newly launched Design Days Dubai, and will see the return of DXB Store with a competition for budding designers.

Art Dubai and DXB Store

DXB Store was launched in  2011, a not-for-profit space designed in collaboration with the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the American University of Sharjah (AUS).

It was launched as a pop-up initiative, to showcase the innovative work of UAE-based creatives. The second installment of DXB Store has been announced with an open call to artists and designers to submit their works or ideas for this year’s store.

The 2012 editions of the DXB store can be found at Art Dubai, March 21-24 at the Madinat Jumeirah; at Sikka, March 15-25 at the Historic Bastakiya; and at Design Days Dubai, March 18-21 at Downtown Dubai.

This year, Art Dubai will also try to discover new and aspiring talent on the local scene, with help from a jury of international standing, including furniture and objects designer Khalid Shafar, s*uce co-founder Zayan Ghandour, and Japanese designer Manabu Ozawa.

Artists and designers based in the UAE are invited to submit their proposals and ideas for products for DXB Store by January 19, 2012, for review by the jury, with shortlisted entries to be announced on February 6, 2012.

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Design Days Dubai

“In 2012 Art Dubai is joined by a sister fair, Design Days Dubai, the first major contemporary design fair in the Middle East and South Asia.

“Dedicated to collectible and limited-edition design, Design Days Dubai hosts a select group of regional and international galleries and features a programme of talks, workshops and educational seminars,” said Farah Atoui, press and marketing manager, Art Dubai

Design Days hopes to establish a flagship event for design collectors from around the region and be the focal point in the calendar for design in the region. It also wants to provide a platform to engage regional designers to form partnerships with international designers.

“Adding this event to the Dubai cultural scene is exciting to us as we believe there is a huge potential for contemporary design in the region,” said Cyril Zammit, fair director, Design Days Dubai

Design Days Dubai will be held in Downtown Dubai in a marquee that will be conditioned inside for the most sensitive of art works.

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