By Sam Bridge
Vibrant art installations are set to adorn public locations across the UAE as part of Expo 2020 Dubai's new grassroots initiative
Vibrant art installations are set to adorn public locations across the UAE as part of Expo 2020 Dubai’s new grassroots initiative to highlight the nation’s identity.
My Urban Freej is a programme of public art that encapsulates the creative spirit, dynamic multiculturalism and strong sense of community in the UAE, a statement said.
Open to everyone in the UAE aged 18 and above, My Urban Freej will be carried out in collaboration with university arts departments and youth centres across the nation, it added.
A series of workshops will allow aspiring artists, both local and international, to acquire new skills and collaborate with their peers. Focusing on graffiti, street art, calligraphy and 3D installations, the workshops will run until the end of April 2020. Participants can register at https://www.expo2020dubai.com/myurbanfreej.
A select number of participants will then be offered mentorship and invited to collaborate with professional artists to create public installations that celebrate their community’s journey to the Expo.
The final 30 installations will be located in public spaces in all seven emirates, and during the six months of Expo 2020, designs will also appear on the 360-degree projection surface of Al Wasl Plaza.
Manal Al Bayat, chief engagement officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: "Throughout history, world expos have been a showcase and celebration of art and culture from around the world. My Urban Freej will highlight the talent of the UAE’s creative community and enable them to become part of the legacy of the first expo to be held in the Arab World."
Ten artists have been chosen to support the workshops including Emirati artist, Maitha Demithan, and Saudi calligraffiti artist, Wafi Albakheet.