Alserkal Avenue is set to expand this autumn as it announces a selection of 15 new art galleries, cultural organisations and creative businesses joining the arts and cultural hub's lineup. This is the first of several developments expected to be announced this year, with more to come in the way of homegrown initiatives.  

Adding to the homegrown selection of existing exhibitors is the regional pioneer – The Third Line, Dubai, which represents preeminent Middle Eastern contemporary artists, including Monir Farmanfarmaian and Farhad Moshiri.

Joining The Third Line are international contemporary galleries who are making their first foray onto the regional stage via Alserkal Avenue, these include: Leila Heller Gallery, New York, exhibiting an extensive programme of contemporary Western and Middle Eastern artists; Stephane Custot Gallery, which aims to create a dialogue between influential modern masters and international contemporary artists from both East and West; MB& F M.A.D. Gallery, Geneva/Taipei, introduces kinetic art and limited edition design, which has a focus on horology (the study of time). 

Alserkal Avenue's founder and patron of the arts, Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, has said of the new plans: "Today, Alserkal Avenue is a community unlike any other. It is a community of creative visionaries, rising in unison with the patronage and providence of our country's leaders, who put culture at the core of their worldview. It is a community of creative thought leaders and talents who mark not only this new ground, but also the fabric of the city and country beyond, and the entire cultural landscape of the region."

Joining the contemporary art brigade will also be additional initiative from the worlds of food-concepts, design and performance such as; SVENM, an architecture and design firm specialising in the cultural and residential sectors; A new community black-box theatre called The Junction; and Inked, a food and creativity space that will host events and serve as a platform for everything culinary. Watch this space for new creative developments from Alserkal Avenue...

Al Serkal news