Alserkal Galleries Night sparks new development in the Middle East arts scene

Alserkal Galleries Night sparks new development in the Middle East arts scene

Gallery openings, pop-ups and previews

Text: Shannon Wylie

Tonight will see the launch of Alserkal Avenue's expansion, adding to Dubai’s artistic and cultural hub

Alserkal Avenue has grown to become an essential platform for the development of homegrown artistic and cultural initiatives in the region. Located in Dubai's Al Quoz, it supports a vibrant community of contemporary art galleries and alternative art spaces, together with design, media and industrial studios and now it's set to welcome a whole new cohort of international artists and galleries. 

"The launch of the Alserkal Avenue expansion is affirmation of the development of a sustainable ecosystem for arts in the region with Middle Eastern and international talents laying their foundations here," said Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, the Alserkal Avenue Founder and Patron of the Arts.

Leila Heller Gallery, will be the first international gallery to open its doors in Alserkal Avenue along with separate solo exhibitions by Ghada Amer and Wim Delvoye. Also venturing into the Middle Eastern market is French pocelain designer, Olivier Gagnère the artist behind the renovation of café Marly at the Louvres Museum in Paris. 


Then on January 18, 2015, Stéphane Custot who has more than 25 years experience in the art industry, and galleries in both London and Paris, will open his first exhibition house in the region, the Custot Gallery Dubai. To mark the opening Custot will welcome international post-war and contemporary art into Dubai's emerging market with his latest project 'The World Meets Here'.


The creative community will be the first to witness the unveiling of the new gallery openings, contemporary art exhibitions and artist talks, starting with Alserkal Galleries Night, which runs from November 16-21, 2015, and is located in Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai.