The INDEX Artist’s Avenue is a new feature at this year’s exhibition and focuses on art and its impact on interior design.
Eight artists, from the GCC, Levant and Europe, will be showcasing their pieces, hoping to meet interior designers who are looking to source artwork for their next project.
“We created the Artist’s Avenue to give artists an opportunity to display their artwork to a very targeted audience of interior design professionals,” said Samantha Kane-Macdonald, project manager, INDEX Furnishings.
“This is another step towards defining INDEX as an arena where the architecture and design community can meet a range of suppliers, find inspiration, and source new and innovative products,” she added.
INDEX has also partnered with thejamjar, a Dubai based arts organisation whose art consulting team tries to promote local and international artists for interior design projects within the region.
For Index 2011, thejamjar will showcase a local artist on each day of the show in their Live Art Platform (LAP).
“As INDEX 2011 takes steps to highlight the importance of art within the interior design field with it’s latest feature Artists’s Avenue, thejamjar’s Live Art Platform looks to create an awareness of the wealth of local artists in the UAE. By providing artistic opportunities, thejamjar positions art within hospitality, residential and commercial interior design projects that will be gained through the exhibition,” said Deepa Bhatia, Head of Art Consulting.
The Artist’s Avenue will feature locally based artists including Chrissie Jenkins, Nermeen Abudail from Naqsh Gallery, Samantha and Steve Chambers from The Big Art Company and George Bassil, Amal Al Shamsi and Marina Harris from the Mondo Art Gallery and photographer Neil Corder.
International artists and galleries include Feras Sabra and Amine Abdellatif of Pro Plus Creative from Lebanon, the Bait Muzna Gallery Oman and Bernadette Taborda from France.