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The ancient art of calligraphy is celebrated annually at World Art Dubai and 2023’s edition was no exception.
Award-winning Japanese artist Kiyoko Minami was among world-class
calligraphers who exhibited at the previous edition of the annual art fair.
Now WAD supporting partner Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has announced it will
launch an event that’s dedicated just to the intriguing art of calligraphy.
Dubai Calligraphy Biennale starts on October 1, 2023 and runs for the entire
month. Organised by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the festival will
feature more than 200 local and international artists, who will display a
diverse range of calligraphic styles and art forms. There will also be more
than 100 sessions and workshops led by renowned calligraphers and experts in
the field, delving into the many facets of the art form.
The event will
take place across 20 venues in Dubai, including Dubai Expo City, the Mohammed
bin Rashid Library, and the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation. The
works will be presented in more than eight languages and will span an array of
styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary.
Calligraphy Biennale aims to inspire an interest in calligraphy and to showcase
the art form to a global audience. Like WAD, it’s also a great platform for
artists to share their work and learn from each other.
AlQurashi, Dubai Calligraphy Biennale project manager, said the festival would
become "a global event that enriches Dubai's creative scene", while
also "enhancing ways of interacting with this art and its aesthetics"
and "discovering new talent in calligraphy arts.”
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The Dubai Calligraphy Biennale is a unique opportunity for visitors to learn more about this fascinating art form and see the work of some of the world's leading calligraphers.
These include noted
Nigerian artist Victor Ekpuk who is has upcoming
artist-in-residence with New York University Abu Dhabi. Following the
residency, which is part of the first edition of Dubai’s Calligraphy Biennale,
Ekpuk will stage a prelude to the festival with his first solo exhibition in
the Middle East. His intriguing style of ‘calligraphy meets an enigmatic
script’ pays homage to his Nigerian heritage and can be seen at Efie Gallery in
Al Quoz, from 28 September 2023.
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