World’s First Ever Global Art Awards to Honour Outstanding Works of Artists from Across the Globe.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 7th March 2017

Set to take place at the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa on 17th November 2017, the inaugural edition of the awards will be attended by internationally acclaimed artists, critics, art fair directors, and more…

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 7th March 2017 – Recognising excellence and innovation in art and design, the world’s first ever Global Art Awards will celebrate exceptional achievements of artists from across the globe. Featuring 18 Visual Arts categories, including PhotographyStreet ArtIllustration, and Painting, the awards is set to receive significant support from the UAE and global art authorities.

In support of the growth of homegrown talent in the Middle East, with a special focus on the UAE arts and culture scene, the Global Art Awards will devote three categories to the region. Artists across the Middle East and the UAE can contest for the ‘Best Middle East Female Artist Above 25’, ‘Best Middle East Female Artist Below 25’ as well as the highly illustrious ‘Best Emirati Artist Award.’

Chosen from a list of all winners, the Global Art Awards will also honour one artist with the coveted title- ‘The Ultimate’ Best Global Artist of 2017, with this winner taking a cash prize fund.

Amongst the judging panel for these prestigious accolades are art moguls, business leaders and industry experts; Eng. Mahmood Bin Karam Al Fars is the Commercial Director & Media Advisor to the Arab Fashion Council, Sales & Campaign Manager for Abu Dhabi Media and Jury Member of the U.A.E, as well as being a successful Film Producer.

Commenting on the awards, he says “I believe it is important to recognise the efforts of outstanding artists and provide the Arts and Culture community a platform to celebrate outstanding creativity. Arts and heritage are an integral part of bringing people and cultures together. 

The awards are an effort to genuinely establish on the global stage, an inspirational international competition. The awards reaches out towards a wider horizon, one which embraces talents and nurtures them to their fullest capacity. I am confident that the shortlisted artworks will demonstrate a range of unique creative perspectives and innovative techniques." 

Joining him is Sophie Neuendorf (USA) - Artnet - Director, Gallery Network and Partnerships and Head of the Department of Econometrics at Artprice, Jean Minguet, an expert in the field of art market analyses.

Commenting on the awards he says “A prize has the ambition to recognize the contribution of an artist, his or her creativity and virtuosity. It intends to reward all the efforts made. A meaningful award should therefore move the artist as much as it should draw the attention of public institutions and private collectors. It is a miraculous thing to have “The Oscars for the Visual Arts” 

The eleven-month programme will culminate in an exquisite red carpet Gala event in Dubai on 17th November 2017, at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa. Dubbed to be the ‘Oscars of the Visual Arts’, the high-profile evening will see the likes of internationally acclaimed artists, art critics, art dealers, art collectors, art fair directors, museum directors, TV & radio personalities, and business leaders in attendance.

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