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Art Jameel, a non-profit organisation that supports arts, education and heritage in the Middle East, has announced a number of initiatives designed to enrich the thriving cultural scene in the region and beyond. The arts center, which is due to open in winter 2018 will present curated exhibitions that draws from the Jameel art collection, as well as regional and international solo and group shows.

The three-storey multi-disciplinary space will be located at the tip of Dubai’s Culture Village, overlooking the Dubai Creek and includes a dedicated gallery space a research centre dedicated to artists and cultural movements of the GCC and wider Arab world and additional flexible events spaces; a roof terrace an outdoor sculpture area as well as a cafe, restaurant and bookshop.

Art Jameel has also forged a long-term partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will enable the Museum to acquire works by modern and contemporary artists from the Middle East.

Fady Mohammed Jameel, president of Art Jameel, explained “Establishing a partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the most-visited, encyclopedic museums in the world, allows us to further support contemporary artists from the region and share their work with a broad international public. We are proud to work closely with a number of partners to fulfill this important vision.”

Art Jameel’s partnership with The Met continues the organisation’s core mandate to raise the profile of contemporary Middle Eastern artists and increase international dialogue.

Antonia Carver, Director of Art Jameel, who was appointed last year, said, “This is an exciting moment for Art Jameel, as we embark on a dynamic period of growth and renewal, expanding programmes and developing new partnerships. We are on a journey of supporting the arts and heritage as we develop new programmes of exhibition-making, and educational, research and publishing initiatives.”  

In advance of the opening of the Jameel Arts Centre Dubai in winter 2018, the organisation has opened a temporary project space in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, with a dynamic programme of exhibitions, projects, talks and events.

Art Jameel is a non-profit organisation that supports artists and creative communities. Its current initiatives include running heritage institutes and restoration programmes, plus a broad range of arts and educational initiatives for all ages. The organization fosters the role of the arts by building open and connected communities.