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Public Art in Dubai

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All Quoz Project

on 16 March 2014

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Public Arts Master Plan
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Al Quoz
Although Al Quoz does not exactly hold the usual Dubai glamour, with cement factories, warehouses and extreme dust, it is here where the local Dubai art scene took hold.

Al Quoz, holds many of the attributes of successful neighborhood artistic transformation projects around the world. This makes Al Quoz a high potential area to form the arts district of Dubai.
What is Public Art?
Public art is visible and accessible to the general public. It
may be permanently incorporated within the fabric, design,
or fixtures of a building or place, or be a temporary project
such as art installations and events.

The Arts District
Kick start!
The Arts District provides a positive image, beautifies and animates the area and provides marketing and programming opportunities to enhance businesses, attract visitors and improve the quality of life for all
residents. By building on community assets, the District promotes community, cultural and economic development that expands business and cultural institutions, promotes diversity, increases employment, attracts creative individuals, increases housing, enhances property values
Cities gain
value through public art –
cultural, social, and economic value
. Public art is a
distinguishing part of our
public history
and our evolving culture. It reflects and reveals our society,
adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. Public art
humanizes the built
and invigorates public spaces. It provides an intersection between past, present and
future, between disciplines, and between ideas. Public art is freely accessible.

Why Public Art Matters?
The development of the art scene in Dubai is market driven; it is not part of a top-down strategy to develop or acquire culture, as in most other countries in the Gulf, nor is it the result of a long-term local development.

The arts are an important policy asset and prosperity generator for cities. In addition to their inherent value to society, the arts offer a distinctive blend of benefits, including:

The arts create jobs and contribute to the economy of the city. A strong arts sector is an economic asset that stimulates business activity, attracts tourism revenue, retains a high quality work force and stabilizes property values.
The arts foster young imaginations and facilitate children’s success in
school. They provide the critical thinking, communications and innovation skills essential to a
productive 21st-century work force.
The arts preserve unique culture and heritage, passing a state’s
precious cultural character and traditions along to future generations.

The arts create a welcoming sense of place and a desirable quality of life.

Why cities around the world invest in public art?
Success Stories
Soho – New York
798 Artzone – Beijing
Wynwood Art District – Miami
Montmartre - Paris
Centrum – Amsterdam
The Plateau – Montreal
Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires
Gotico - Barcelona
Copenhagen, Denmark
Gallery District - Berlin

Dubai on its way to global cultural capital
Dubai Public Art Scene
Current Situation
Public Art Plan 2014-2015
1-Largest Public Arts collective in the region
2-Public Arts Events
3-Public Arts installations
4-World's largest Outdoor Mural
5-Arts District
6-Art maps & signage
7-Public Arts Fund

1-Public Arts Collective
Assemble and coordinate the efforts of the artists
Create a platform to share ideas and resources
Promote UAE-based artists
Educate the public and key stakeholders
Generate opportunities for new talents
2-Public Arts Events
Create a year long program of large and smaller events to keep the arts momentum
Build highly visible platform for international reach
3-Public Arts installations
Identify the location and themes of the installation in line with the City's vision
Build a public art installation master plan in collaboration with industry experts
4-World's largest Outdoor Mural
Create an art mural done by Dubai's residents under the supervision of international curators
5-Art maps & signage
6-Arts District
Visually appealing art map and signage is an intricate part of the process.
A proper Arts District needs to create a stong sense of place and identity.
Government Patronage & early stage funding
Public private partnership approach for funding
3 years program:
1st year- 50% Public / 50% Private
2nd year - 33% Public / 67% Private
3rd year - 25% Public / 25% Private
Relevant authorities buy-in
Form steering committee
Street furniture
Street lighting
Street sculptures & installations
Street art
Street festivals
Street parades
Street theatre
Street poetry
Create a week-long platform for public art - whether it be visual or performative artworks, or artistic interventions - that shake up the city spaces and allows the city's users to view the cityscapes in new and memorable ways
Arne Quinze. Wooden public art installation The Sequence at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 2008
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