The Abraaj Group Art Prize provides notable contemporary artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia the opportunity to actualise their dream project, and offers curators from across the globe the recognition of designing an exhibition at Art Dubai
The Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program was launched by The Cultural Office of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in partnership with Art Dubai in 2013. Featuring artist-led workshops, tours and other projects, the programme provides access to skills and ideas for UAE-based children and teenagers aged 5-17 with the long-term aim of encouraging young people to get involved and excel in the arts.
The exhibition will present around 70 artworks of different modernist art movements across the Arab world between the 1940s and 1980s. A close look at five particular schools in Casablanca, Cairo, Riyadh, Khartoum, and Baghdad will reveal the diversity within intellectual and formal contributions to modernist discourse and practice by these artistic groups.
Launched in 2017, the Prize is awarded to emerging Saudi talent in contemporary art and was introduced by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture as a means to fund, promote and offer Saudi artists a global platform. Sharjah-based, Saudi Arabian artist Ayman Zedani is the winner of the first edition of the prize.