Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) will partner with Christie’s to hold a charity auction in October this year.
The Dubai Culture Charity Auction is inspired by the UAE’s Year of Giving 2017 and will feature a new collection of works by local and regional artists, including Abdul Qadir Al Rais.
All proceeds raised will be donated to Syrian refugees in alignment with the humanitarian legacy of the UAE and the philanthropic vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General at Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, commented: “Dubai Culture is committed to supporting the UAE Year of Giving 2017 and our joint venture with Christie’s will offer attendees a real opportunity to give back to an important cause, while also inspiring a young generation of artists to commit their talent to the greater good wherever possible. In the collaborative spirit of the Year of Giving, this initiative is a testament to what can be achieved when government authorities and prestigious international organisations come together to contribute their resources to solving the world’s greatest humanitarian challenges.”
Al Nabouda, concluded: “We are proud to be furthering the Authority’s mandates and the vision of our wise leadership with this new and exciting partnership, which places Dubai on the international artistic and philanthropic map. We are hugely grateful for the support of Christie’s – a name that is synonymous with extraordinary art, centuries of artistic expertise and the world’s most celebrated auctions – and their partnership is a valued endorsement of Dubai’s thriving artistic scene and its position as a key philanthropic leader, not only in the Middle East but also on the global stage.”
Celebrated painter Abdul Qadir Al Rais will be joined by other esteemed local and regional artists at the auction, where a new collection of artworks will serve as an illustration of the UAE’s flourishing home-grown talent and also bring acclaimed artists to the emirate.
Dubai Culture organises and supports a diverse array of artistic events, initiatives and partnerships to enrich Dubai’s calendar with exciting and inspiring programmes. These include the umbrella arts and cultural event, Dubai Art Season, which is a city-wide initiative that runs throughout March and April 2017, bringing together artists from around the world for a celebration of talent, creativity, innovation and cultural diversity.