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Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed opens SIKKA Art Fair for GCC artists from 2016

 3/23/2015

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Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), today announced that SIKKA Art Fair, an artist-led fair of fully commissioned works by Dubai Culture being held at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in Bur Dubai until March 24, 2015, will be expanded to include works of art by GCC-based artists next year. 

HH Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed was touring SIKKA Art Fair, a flagship event of Dubai Art Season, the umbrella arts initiative by Dubai Culture. 

To date, over 9,300 visitors have attended SIKKA, which hosts an impressive line-up of 50 Emirati and UAE-based artists, in addition to three collectives and two arts initiatives. SIKKA also takes art to the public through city-wide programmes such as visual arts projects, music, live performances, video art and workshops. 

Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed said: “We are delighted to open SIKKA for artists from across the GCC countries, thus expanding the remit of Dubai Culture’s fine art initiative to include commissioned works from across the region. 

“SIKKA has focused on celebrating the wealth of talent in the UAE. We are now taking it to the next level to include works by GCC artists to encourage the talented artists and create a dynamic collective of works that define the Arab and Gulf identity.  

“SIKKA is a strong platform for emerging artists to highlight their individuality and creativity through specially commissioned works, and we are keen to promote dialogue and exchange of ideas among artists from across the region. 

“It has now emerged as a unifying voice for the arts community and takes arts to the public through community-oriented initiatives held across the city. As we mark the second edition of Dubai Art Season, SIKKA serves as the ideal venue to discover our nation’s talent and to appreciate their creative works. We now want to share the platform for all talented artists from the GCC as we share an artistic heritage with several commonalities.”

SIKKA draws its name from the alleyways between the historic houses of Dubai, and serves as a metaphor that befits the young and upcoming artists who seek to establish their creative and professional paths through their participation in the fair. All sessions are open for the public.