Fourteen of the best UAE based artists have been selected to take part in a year-long programme that will promote the country’s arts community.
The initiative called Numoo, is organised by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and will see the chosen artists learn under the guidance of professions, different skills in order to foster a comprehensive understanding of the arts field in the UAE.
Running from autumn 2021 to summer 2022, the programme coincides with the launch of The Arts Center’s seventh season theme, Now and Into the Future, as well as the UAE’s 50th anniversary.
Speaking Executive Artistic Director of The Arts Center Bill Bragin said Numoo would play an important role in the UAE’s artistic and cultural scene.
Bill said: “Numoo allows us to play a vital role in the UAE’s artistic and cultural scenes, and will support our expanded efforts to connect The Arts Center’s work to educational efforts at NYUAD, and with other UAE universities, primary, and secondary schools.
“It’s our hope that the artists selected to inaugurate this program will strengthen their ability to build sustainable careers in the UAE, as well as increasing UAE-based artists’ capacity to bring their work to international stages.”
The 14 artists who will participate on the programme that is supported by a grant from the US Mission to the UAE, are; Aya Afaneh (Palestine/US); Carlos Alejandro Páez González (Venezuela); Dorian Paul Rogers (US); Ethan David Lee (UK); Jaysus Zain (Sudan); Jerome Deligero (Philippines); Jomel Reyes (Philippines); Juan Paul Gonzales (Philippines); Khayal, (UAE); Lama Mosallem (Egypt); Rashed Qurwash (UAE); Safiya Bin AlSheikh Ali (UAE); Smrithi Nair (India); and Subin Thompson (India).
The process for selection was done through a mix of nominations and an open call application followed by a collaborative evaluation process.
Here’s the lineup of The Art Center at NYU Abu Dhabi for the fall season 2021
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