Artistic expression in Al Ain

WT Writer
Jun 1, 2018
Immerse yourself in art at the Al Qattara Summer Exhibition in Al Ain, which is providing a showcase for diversity


Art enthusiasts who are spending time in the UAE this summer will be pleased to learn that there’s a must-see exhibition taking place at the historic Al Qattara Arts Centre in Al Ain. 

Al Qattara Summer Exhibition, taking place from 25 June to 25 September, is showcasing a selection of works from high-profile artists in the UAE alongside pieces from the centre’s own students with the aim of shining a light on a diverse collection of artistic expressions. Each and every artist taking part has been given free rein to display his or her best works along any theme, with no boundaries on the subject matter or medium. 

The event is firmly in the spirit of the culture hub, which opened to the public in 2011 to champion arts and culture in the community. Indeed, Al Qattara Arts Centre has earned a reputation as one of the best establishments in the region at which to study and practice traditional art and culture, with its historical significance enhancing its appeal. 

The centre itself was developed around Bayt Bin Ati al-Darmaki, a traditional mud-brick tower and house that overlooks the date-palm gardens of Qattara Oasis. During the centre’s creation, archaeological excavations revealed a five-metre sequence of archaeological layers dating from the Late Islamic period to the Iron Age some 3,000 years ago. Today, the Iron Age industrial installations forming the earliest phase of this sequence are displayed in an especially redesigned basement exhibition that’s open to the public.

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