Dubai Canvas 3D Street Art Festival Opens Today, UAE 2017

Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival is a unique public art festival organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO). The annual event, launched in 2015, provides a platform for renowned artists from around the world to exhibit their creations in a public space.

The third edition of the Dubai Canvas Festival will be held in partnership with Meraas, opens today 1st March until to 7 March 2017 in City Walk. Dubai Canvas 2017 will feature the works of 25 international artists shortlisted for the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award. The AED2.3 million Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award saw a total of 122 entries from 35 countries.

“Dubai Canvas has become a magnet for the world’s most accomplished 3D artists, which reflects Dubai’s growing status as a global art hub. The success of the annual art event also signifies the growing vibrance and international diversity of Dubai’s art scene, and the creative and innovative spirit of the city. This year, the art featured at the festival is based on the theme of happiness, which has been inspired by the UAE’s own focus on people’s happiness as one of its most important goals. The theme also reflects Dubai’s objectives of becoming a city of happy, creative and empowered people and a preferred place for people from across the world to live, work and visit.” HE Mona Al Marri Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office

Public spaces in City Walk, Meraas’ urban living destination, have been converted into open-air ‘canvases’ for artists to create and display their work. The participating artists started working on their art pieces a week prior to the official start of the Festival, giving the public a rare opportunity to watch the master artists at work.

A jury consisting of renowned international and local artists will evaluate the 25 shortlisted artworks to select three winners for the 3d Award. The winners will be honoured at a ceremony to be held at the Festival. There will also be a ‘People’s Choice’ award based on votes from the public.

Artists invited are; Vera Bugatti, John Pugh, Ruben Poncia, Nate Baranowski, Gennaro Troia, aka Jena Soul, Danila Shmelev, Renê Muniz, Fat Heat, aka Adam Kirsch, Leon Keer, Fanakapan, Andres Iglesias Petroselli, Truman Adams, Qi Xinghua, KAS, Ella Munt, Tomoteru ‘Tomo’ Saito, Odeith, Juandrés Vera, Eduardo Kobra, Dima Fatum, Tony Cuboliquido, Remko van Schaik, Ryszard Paprocki, Nikolaj Arndt,Milouz,Maitha Almarri,Asma Yaaqoub Al Khoori,Fatma Al-Ali and Sara Yaqoub Al Khoori.

In addition to the art displays, leading international 3D artists and UAE-based art organisations will hold free workshops that teach art skills to the public. The workshops are part of Brand Dubai’s effort to take art closer to the local community. Some of the leading international 3D artists delivering workshops at Dubai Canvas include Odeith, Leon Keer, Fanakapan, Cuboliquido, Gennaro Troia and Andres Petroselli.

“These workshops, which will impart both basic and advanced art skills, present a unique opportunity for members of the public to learn from some of the world’s most innovative 3D artists and local art organisations. The workshops will allow both adults and children to tap their inner artist, whatever be their skill levels. Families can spend time together to explore their creative talents and abilities, and more experienced artists will benefit from exposure to street art techniques that can widen their palette.” Maitha Buhumaid Brand Dubai Director

Artists have been busy preparing for the event. Check out the work in progress shots below…









The festival is free to the public an runs until 7th march.

Check back at a later date for all the 3D genius paintings and we reveal the winner of the 3D Award. Have you got your eye on someone?…



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