UK-based firm Serie Architects have designed a new arts centre for Dubai, an initiative by non-profit arts, education and heritage organisation, Art Jameel.
The building is due to ope in the winter of 2018 following a long-term partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, enabling the Museum to acquire works by modern and contemporary artists from the Middle East.
The 10,000 square metres, three storey multi-disciplinary space is designed as a hub for educational and research initiatives, embracing collaboration and partnerships with local, regional and international artists, curators and organisors.
Located at the tip of Dubai’s Culture Village, overlooking Dubai Creek, the centre features over 1,000 square metres of dedicated gallery space in addition to 300 square metres of open-access research area. It will also include flexible events spaces and a roof terrace designed to host screening and events.
An area dedicated to sculptures will be created outside, in addition to a cafe, restaurant and bookshop.
Landscape architect Anouk Vogel will also be involved in the project, drawing inspiration from the desert biome for the courtyard areas that punctuate the building. Each outdoor space will represent a distinct desert environment and include rare plants sourced from the UAE and around the world.
“We are delighted to be embarking on a new phase of development for Art Jameel – strengthening our programmes in Saudi Arabia, across the Arab World and internationally, as well as founding our first permanent space, the Jameel Arts Centre Dubai,” said Fady Mohammed Jameel, president of Art Jameel.
“Likewise, 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.”
In advance of the opening of the centre, the organisation has opened a temporary Project Space in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, with a dynamic programme of exhibitions, projects, talks and events. The inaugural exhibition, featuring a five-channel video by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, is part of a series focussing on single works from the Jameel Art Collection.