By Carlos Mundy
This splendid hotel situated in the Golden Triangle of Mina Seyahi has taken art as one of its interests and has organised what is the first of many future art exhibitions. The newly refurbished Conservatory has become a gallery with the support of Dubai’s Culture and Art Authority.
Majid Al Yousef
ArtKōrero founder, Chimere Cisse says: “The exhibition showcases the dynamic styles and local interpretations of culture by an incredible group of artists. There is a vibrant mix of art styles, presenting varying techniques and creative influences spanning street culture to Arabic calligraphy. What’s evident is the richness of this region, countries including Egypt, the UAE and Lebanon are impressively represented. It was wonderful to have the support of Dubai Culture and the Westin Mina Seyahi in this show’s development.”
Majid Al Yousef
Maitha & Alia Damithan
I was delighted to being invited to experience the hotel located on Dubai's pristine Jumeirah Beach, set upon a sprawling seaside location. Opening in 2007 the hotel offers a beautiful setting with views of The Palm Island. Impressive neoclassical architecture brings charm and inspiration to this five-star luxury resort near the beach with a well-appointed private beach resort boasting unique and award-winning bars and restaurants, while the ample banquet and event facilities include an outdoor amphitheatre for weddings, gala dinners, and concerts in Dubai. An indulgent spa and WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio bring pure rejuvenation to the hotel. Designed to soothe and refresh, with 292 spacious hotel rooms and suites feature chic furnishings, Westin Heavenly® Beds, LCD TVs, and luxurious bath amenities.
The first exhibition organised by the hotel in collaboration with ARTKORERO and currently on show is of contemporary Middle Eastern artists including award winning creatives are showcased to the public and available to purchase. ArtKōrero is the Middle East’s fastest growing art consultancy. Representing the interests of a group of high profile, internationally located artists and clients. With offices in both London and Dubai, ArtKorero seeks to engage galleries, private venues, luxury brands and public spaces with the art world. Ideating creative ways for parties to showcase art exhibitions, develop unique collaborations and implement artistic programming. Founded by Publicist and Art Consultant Chimere Cisse and a team of international art advisors, ArtKorero’s latest exhibition is the eighth show the team has produced in Dubai and comes on the back of their successful partnership with the Chalhoub Group and LA based artist James Goldcrown.
Artists Majid Alyousef (KSA/Iraq), Nassim Nasr (Lebanon), Rabab Tantawy (Egypt), Alireza Elahi (Iran) and Caleen Ladki (Lebanon), and twins, Alia Damithan and Maitha Damithan (UAE) will present works curated and presented by Chimere Cisse with event programming running throughout the show. ArtKōrero founder, Chimere Cisse says: “The exhibition showcases the dynamic styles and local interpretations of culture by an incredible group of artists. There is a vibrant mix of art styles, presenting varying techniques and creative influences spanning street culture to Arabic calligraphy. What’s evident is the richness of this region, countries including Egypt, the UAE and Lebanon are impressively represented. It was wonderful to have the support of Dubai Culture and the Westin Mina Seyahi in this show’s development.”
Admirers of the artists and their creations can enjoy the work in the dynamic Conservatory space, which last year underwent a modern renovation into an art-deco green oasis, with a distinctive architectural framework of a mansion.
Using the Conservatory’s tranquil setting to showcase the beautifully crafted pieces, from the likes of 31-year-old Iranian painter Alireza Elahi, who describes his approach to his work as encapsulating the spirit of “both the street artist and the worker who has the duty to remove it”, alongside paintings from Lebanese artist Caleen Ladki, known for her bold approach to color and intricate use of texture, print and weaving, and Nassim Nasr, whose vibrant abstract art has earned him a legion of fans, with his most recent collection garnering rave reviews.
Displayed in the peaceful ambience of The Westin’s lobby, calligraphy artist Majid Alyousef delights with his modern, abstract, and unique talent of transforming Arabic letters into a pure abstract language that can communicate globally. Plus, to be found Egyptian born, Dubai-based artist Rabab Tantawy’s work of cross medium pieces, working with oil, acrylic and wood. The Damithan twins whose recent work is inspired by the global covid-19 pandemic named “The Studio” will also be on show.
There is no doubt that the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), under the leadership of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is committed to enriching Dubai’s cultural scene based on the UAE’s heritage and is building bridges of constructive dialogue between various cultures to enhance Dubai’s position as a global centre for culture, an incubator for creativity, and a thriving hub for talent.
Dubai Culture is keen on reviving and preserving the emirate's historical heritage and developing the regulatory frameworks for the cultural and creative sector in line with its strategic roadmap 2020 – 2025. The Authority also seeks to empower the enablers that seek to support talents and stimulate active participation from society members by investing in the various cultural and heritage assets under its remit, including the management of six heritage sites, four museums, Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children and eight Dubai Public Library branches, all of which help contribute to creating an economic system that stimulates the cultural and creative industries.