SIKKA 2012, the contemporary art fair by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), has unveiled its programme for March 15-25, running concurrently with Art Week.
The homegrown fair is a platform for emerging Emirati and UAE-based artists to showcase their works and promotes new and original content, which will take the centrestage at Al Bastakiya, Dubai.
“SIKKA 2012, which builds on the success of the first edition last year, has a distinctive identity in the arts scene of the Gulf region. Our primary focus is to create a unique programme that will benefit every visitor and participant,” said Salem Belyouha, projects & events director, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.
“The rich and varied showcase of programmes has been carefully curated to create an integrated arts experience covering art appreciation and education. While the event elevates the participating Emirati and local artists to the professional scene, we also want our visitors to take inspiration and strengthen their knowledge base in the arts. Our objective is to encourage the talented artists in Dubai to venture into the arts field and eventually evolve as arts professionals.”
SIKKA’s Educational Programme encompasses of ‘Family Days,’ which take place on weekends, with art and music classes that cater to children; while during weekdays, student visits are scheduled and tailored for secondary, high school, and university students, inviting them to engage critically and creatively with a selection of artwork.
‘SIKKA Engage,’ is designed to drive community participation through live art, interactive walks, and curated food gatherings hosted by artists.
Locally-based musicians, performers, filmmakers and poets will take the stage this year as part of ‘SIKKA After Dark.’
‘SIKKA Dialogue,’ comprises panel discussions and workshops. An insight on the process of being an artist, chaired by Sultan Bin Sooud Al Qassemi, will offer young and upcoming artists an understanding into the practical side of the art world, as well as professional development and networking opportunities.
There will also be discussions on contemporary art and architectural practices in Dubai, a session on informal art education in the UAE, in addition to an intimate panel led by Aaron Cesar from the Delfina Foundation, with this year’s international and Emirati resident artists from the Artist-in-Residence (A.i.R) Dubai programme, an initiative by Dubai Culture.