Four Season AL MarYah
24TH and 25TH JANUARY 2018



Public Art has more than just an aesthetic appeal in today’s built environment. It can have positive bottom-line economic impact, with  material  financial  benefits  to  their  owners,  thus  creating  an unexpected revenue stream for developers and the local government. The  intangible  benefits  of  public  art  -  aesthetic  beauty,  cultural interpretation, education, inspiration, and the general improvement of  the  urban  environment are  well-known,  but  because  these  are considered as “soft” benefits, they are sometimes dismissed as a low priority, especially during challenging economic times. Public Art in transit-oriented developments presents a valuable marketing  opportunity,  both  for  public  agencies  and private developers  and  may  provide  the  highest  financial  returns  of  any funds  committed  to  an  aspect  of  a  transit-oriented programme.  The continuing  visibility,  publicity,  and  brand  identification  of  public art, can generate more leasing interest than any other element  of an  entire  marketing  budget  and  draw  tourism,  stimulating  the country’s economy, and creating pride.


The  presentation  of  bespoke  art  is  considered  to  be  one  of  the biggest trends in Real Estate and Hospitality developments today. In  locations  with  high  density  development  of  luxury  hotels, resorts and high-end apartments, the competition for  differentiation is tough; amenities such as pools, gym and golf simulators are no longer enough to convince potential buyers. A new trend to boost sales in the high-end market is art.An increasing number of luxury hotels are positioning themselves, not just as premium accommodation, but also as art destinations. High-end properties  are becoming  a  traveler’s  substitute  for  traditional  art galleries, creating an insightful, luxury experience. Art has become a fundamental, rather than ornamental, element of a design.Art  has  been  used  by  hoteliers  as  an  integral  part  of  their marketing  strategy,  to  challenge  guests  to  think  more deeply about their experience at the hotel, and to attract luxury travelers. Art has developed into a critical part of a hotel’s brand and identity while Art has been seen by Investors and Real Estate developers as a way to influence real estate values and maximize property price.

HIGhlights from 19-20 MArch 2018 Art talks i

The first day of Art Talks I: Art, Real Estate and the Built Environment focused on Public Art Projects where best practices were being shared from various public art agencies, non-profit organizations, placemaking agencies and architects.

+Theresa Sweetland, Executive Director of  Forecast Public Art and Publisher of Public Art Review- Forecast Public Art, Minnesota, USA opened the conference by giving a keynote speech where she explored the current trends and examined critical issues facing artists, public agencies, program managers, city managers, city planners, educators, developers and others who comprise the constellation of Public Art stakeholders in our contemporary society.

+San Francisco Arts CommissionBoston Arts CommissionLos Angeles County Arts Commission and Minnesota State Arts Board discussed how their 'Percent for Art Program' is used to fund and install Public Art Projects across the U.S. 

+Public Art Fund, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, UrbanArt Commission and artist Subodh Gupta discussed how everyday spaces can be transformed into new public art gateways.

+Leading architectural firms; SOM, Foster+Partners and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture discussed the importance of art in the public realm space alongside artist studio of Carlos Cruz-Diez, Atelier Cruz-Diez & Art Team Paris.

+Leading architectural and landscape design firms; Cracknell, Aspect studios, B+H Architects and UAP discussed on how creative art-based placemaking can create high performing urban cities.

+Matt Shaw, Senior Editor, The Architect's Newspaper, New York moderated our Architectural and Design panels over both days of our Art Talks I.

+Special artist feature included teamLab, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Subodh Gupta while special project feature included Leo Villareal's The Bay Lights San Francisco, Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbours and Random International-Rain Room,

The second day of Art Talks I: Art, Real Estate and the Built Environment focused on Real Estate and Hospitality Art where best practices were shared from leading hotel operators, architects, interior designers, art consultants and curators.

+Katherine Gass Stowe, Founder and Chief Curator James Company Contemporary Art Projects, New York, USA kicked off Day 2 with an exclusive interview with Steve Wilson, Founder of 21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, USA and moderated our hospitality panels.

+XVA Art Hotel Dubai, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, Noor Art Boutique Hotel Apartments Dubai, MGM Resorts Las Vegas, Rosewood Abu Dhabi and Ellerman House Cape Town discussed the importance of art and culture in orchestrating a memorable guest experience.

+The world's top interior design firms; WATG ,Wilson Associates, Pallavi Dean interiors and MMAC Design Associates came together to discuss the role of art in redefining spaces where this was moderated by the Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design from the American University of Sharjah.

+India's most powerful woman in the travel industry, Jyoti Narang, Former Chief Operating Officer and Global Head of Marketing for Taj Hotels and Resorts speaks alongside Accor, Marriott and Former Director of Rove Hotels as they explored the integral role of art in brand marketing for luxury and lifestyle hospitality.

+UAE's top architects; Joe Tabet, Managing Partner JT+Partners, Raya Ani, Founder & Design Director RAW-NYC Architects and Andre C. Meyerhans, Partner Fischermeyerhans explored the new era of art in contemporary architecture and design.

+Marcello Cabezas, Artistic Producer macIDeas from Toronto closes Day 2 of our Art Talks I with an exclusive interview where he shared on reimagining the role of spaces and spoke on the stackt and East Harbour project in Toronto.

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Download our e-brochure on Art Talks I here.

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