Special Projects

Exclusive Partnerships for Outstanding Art Commissions

As an exceptional opportunity at the event, UNFOLD will introduce local authorities, real estate developers, hoteliers, and spatial designers to a wide array of artists in a bid to create meaningful connections between art and architecture through artist commissions.

UNFOLD aims to assist corporate collectors and the world’s leading luxury brands through partnerships with artists, enabling business’ ambitions of adding value and building corporate and social identity.

World-Class Artists

A select number of artists from the BRICS and beyond will be showcased in special displays alongside the art fair. Masters of the avant-garde, established international figures and emerging artists, will be presented to convey the innovation and vision contained in their practice for their first appearance in the UAE.

In-depth Involvement

Through Special Projects, UNFOLD will assist the selected artists in entering strategic partnerships with the commissioning clients.  UNFOLD will also assist the commissioning clients, including providing curatorial advice and extensive access to artists' portfolios. Our commissions programme will deliver the realization of public and private art commissions in the UAE over time, in preparation for Expo 2020 Dubai. www.expo2020dubai.ae.

As well as the myriad opportunities for beneficial collaborations that Special Projects will enable, participating gallerists and artists will also benefit from the opportunities that our Art Talks programme creates.

Art Talks I: Art, Real Estate and the Built Environment will examine the importance of art in architecture and the effect that the right art acquisition can have on property values and also attracting luxury travelers.

Art Talks II: Evolving Cultures, Developing Collections will explore the role of art in corporate identity management, as well as the impacts of corporate collecting activities on public heritage and the art market.

Four days of specially curated talks, featuring global leaders in art, business, and finance, will put gallerists and artists in direct connection with private buyers, commissioning property developers, and corporate collectors alike.

Register Your Interest

Private meetings will take place between prominent industry players and artists over the five days of the fair dates (24th-28th of January 2018). To be part of this exclusive opportunity to harness the power of art and enhance the visibility of outstanding venues in the UAE please enquire below.

24-28 January 2018
St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

24-28 January 2018
St. Regis Saadiyat Island,
Abu Dhabi