Jameel Arts Centre: a museum that is a work of art on its own

Learn more about this incubator that celebrates contemporary arts with the community in mind

Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

Jameel Arts Centre Public Opening (2018)Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

Jameel Arts Centre, known as Dubai's contemporary arts museum, first opened its doors to the public in November 2018.

Installation view of "Artist’s Rooms: Mounira Al Solh" at Jameel Arts CentreDubai Culture & Arts Authority

An excellent example of successful private patronage, supporting the region's thriving art scene, the Jameel -- designed by Serie Architects -- has become pivotal to the UAE's cultural landscape.

View of the peninsular site and surrounding waterfront promenade, Jameel Arts Centre. (2018) by Rory GardinerDubai Culture & Arts Authority

Architecturally inspired by traditional Arab homes linked by courtyards, and overlooking the Dubai Creek, the Jameel includes 10 gallery spaces accented by 7 desert gardens; an Artist's Garden; and the UAE's first sculpture park, designed by wai wai architects and home to live performance, festivals and more.

Second Hand opening preview at Jameel Arts Centre. (2019) by Augustine ParedesDubai Culture & Arts Authority

Jameel Arts Centre's dynamic exhibitions programme explores contemporary themes and features important works by established and emerging artists.

Installation view of Phantom Limb at Jameel Arts Centre. (2019) by Dani BaptistaDubai Culture & Arts Authority

Curated in-house, often in collaboration with regional and international arts institutions, new solo and thematic group shows are introduced to audiences every 3-6 months.

Installation view of Contrary Life A Botanical Light Garden Devoted to Trees 2018 by Ali Farid and Aseel AlYaqoub Art Jameel Commission for Jameel Arts Centre. (2018)Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

Jameel Arts Centre is also dedicated to supporting artists through new commissions. The rotating multi-year programme has focused on Sculpture (2018), Arts Writing and Research (2019), Digital (2020) and Drawing and Painting (2021).

Installation view of Contrary Life A Botanical Light Garden Devoted to Trees 2018 by Ali Farid and Aseel AlYaqoub Art Jameel Commission for Jameel Arts Centre. (2018) by Mohamed SomjiDubai Culture & Arts Authority

Library Circles: Rand Abdul Jabbar. (2019)Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

Lifelong learning, research and "thinking in public" are at the heart of the museum. The Jameel Library plays a key role in providing access-for-all to a wide range of resources, books, zines and displays showcasing local histories and narratives

Library Circles: David Hirsch. (2021)Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

The Assembly (2020)Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

Additionally, the Assembly programme fosters creativity and leadership among the region's youth, culminating in annual Youth Takeovers of the Jameel, when the members and their cohort occupy the museum, curating and organising their own public programmes.

The Assembly Takeover, 2019, at Jameel Arts Centre. (2019)Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

Jaddaf Aloud! (2019) by Augustine ParedesDubai Culture & Arts Authority

The Jameel is for everyone: programmes are designed to appeal to arts enthusiasts through to first-time museum visitors. And there's always something happening -- from talks and symposia to workshops, performances, screenings and day-long festivals.

Jaddaf Aloud! (2019) by Augustine ParedesDubai Culture & Arts Authority

Posters at the flagship Art Jameel Shop. (2020)Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

With its carefully-sourced range of products, the Art Jameel Shop is a way for visitors to gain a meaningful souvenir while supporting regional artists, designers and cooperatives.

Interior of the flagship Art Jameel Shop. (2020)Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

A wide range of arts books is complemented by gifts, posters, prints and design objects, often inspired by the exhibitions.

Jaddaf Aloud! (2019) by Augustine ParedesDubai Culture & Arts Authority

Established to spark dialogue among the broadest audiences, Jameel Arts Centre is a creative home-from-home for everyone from families to school children and students, from novices to experts, from youth to adults, and from citizens to residents and tourists.

Jaddaf Aloud! (2019) by Augustine ParedesDubai Culture & Arts Authority

Hayy Jameel, Jeddah.Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

As Art Jameel continues to grow its following in the UAE and globally, a new and exciting chapter is yet to come: Hayy Jameel,  the 17,000-square-metre creative community currently under development in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is set to open by the end of 2021.

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This collaboration is made possible with the support of Jameel Arts Centre, an independent institution dedicated to supporting artists and creative communities — founded and supported by Art Jameel, an independent organization that fosters contemporary art practice, cultural heritage protection, and creative entrepreneurship across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. The Jameel presents projects, commissions and curated solo and group exhibitions, drawn both from the Art Jameel Collection and through regional and international collaborations. 

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