Guggenheim Abu Dhabi launches ‘In the Studio’ arts programme

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi has unveiled a new virtual programme, entitled ‘In the Studio’, which will run from July 16 to August 18, 2020.

The programme will introduce the public to local Abu Dhabi artists through a series of studio visits and interviews, giving them a fresh platform to showcase their creativity and work, in addition to inspiring conversations around arts and culture.

Aligning with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s mission, In the Studio is part of a broader effort to raise awareness of the importance of the arts, foster a deeper understanding of cultural heritage, engage audiences, and implement multidisciplinary programmes that will enrich the local cultural ecosystem.

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“Guggenheim Abu Dhabi continually strives to engage with the local arts community here in Abu Dhabi, and this programme is an innovative and effective way of achieving this,” explained senior project manager, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Maisa Al Qassimi. “Viewers can learn, explore and be inspired in the heart of the artist’s studio, without leaving the comfort of their homes. We hope to continue to highlight the creativity and great work being done here in the emirate and create a sense of togetherness in the local arts community through these digital interactions.”

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi has carefully selected both Emirati and Abu Dhabi-based resident artists to showcase their art during the programme. These include Emirati artists Maitha Abdalla and Hashel Al Lamki, Baghdad-born Rand Abdul Jabbar, and Bahraini-American Nasser Al Zayani.

As part of the programme, on July 21, Maitha Abdalla’s interview will take place in Bait 15, an artist run studio and exhibition space located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, which she founded alongside artists Hashel Al Lamki and Afra Al Dhaheri. Moving on to her own studio, Maitha will speak about her work and its recurring themes of folklore, memory and travel.

On July 28, Rand Abdul Jabbar will introduce her art which deals with and interprets contemporary stories from her homeland of Iraq. She will recount her family’s past and explain the extensive research she has done on her country’s history, as well as delve deeper into her wide-ranging artistic practices that draw on archaeology and myth, melding the personal and the museological.

Hashel Al Lamki will introduce his multi-disciplinary work on August 4, exploring notions of unity and separation, dualities and extremes. He will also talk audiences through his most recent projects at Bait 15.

For those looking to explore the idea of preserving lost landscapes through memory, on August 11, Nasser Al Zayani will present his body of work. His skill in glass making will be highlighted, as viewers discover how the artist transforms sand into delicate, stereoscopic memories of places and moments.