'Dubai Art Season' - the city's umbrella arts initiative launched by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, which recently announced an Instagram competition, is set to mark the second global appearance of 'Art Wars'.
'Art Wars' will feature work from 20 UAE based artists, who will each lend their creative talents to the development of a 'Storm Trooper' helmet - a popular feature from Star Wars.
The original exhibit was created by Ben Moore as a charity project set up in aid of his missing brother Thomas Moore and the helmets were supplied by Andrew Ainsworth of Sheperton Design Studios, who has worked on over 70 feature films and was the original prop designer from the first film Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977.
"The original concept of Art Wars was to see how contemporary artists would treat such an iconic pop culture image such as the Storm Trooper helmet that I created almost 40 years ago," commented Mr. Ainsworth. "With communication and entertainment now mixing world cultures I can't wait to see the results of Art Wars Dubai."
Emirati urban artist and toy designer Mohammed Abedin, will curate the exhibition that is set to feature a mix of established and up-and-coming names in the local art scene such as Mohammed Al Mubarak, Jalal Luqman, Matar bin Lahej, Mohammed Kanoo, Ruben Sanchez and el Seed.
Commenting on the 'Dubai Art Season' initative, Khalil Abdulwahid, manager of visual arts, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, said: "'Dubai Art Season' has been designed to integrate the community into the city's burgeoning art scene, where residents and visitors to Dubai can truly appreciate the emerging talent that resides here. 'Art Wars' will serve as the platform to watch old artistic styles blend seamlessly with newer trends that are being embraced by our artists."
The Art Wars Exhibit will be on display in the Bloomingdale Atrium in The Dubai Mall from March 20-30 then again during Middle East Film & Comic Con at the Dubai World Trade Centre, from April 3-5, 2014.