Young Art from the UAE

A Small Symposium on “Young Art from the UAE”
as part of the 13
th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts
6-9 June 2022, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts

The Arts & Culture Unit of ATINER is organizing a Small Symposium on “Young Art from the UAE” as part of the  13th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, 6-9 June 2022, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts.

The status of the UAE as an international cultural center has been evolving rapidly. Saadiyat Cultural District, in Abu Dhabi, has become a cornerstone of the expanded art and culture scene, after the realization of the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Manarat Al Saadiyat and the UAE Pavilion currently showcase a wide-ranging series of exhibitions, special events, art fairs (such as the world-renowned Abu Dhabi Art Fair), public programs and educational initiatives. In Dubai, there are more than 90 local and international galleries. Dubai is home of Art Dubai; a leading inter­national art fair in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and the host of the current WorldExpo. Sharjah hosts an art biennale and has a historical district with several museums and galleries. These facts make the UAE not just a booming, business-orientated place fueled by the growth of petrol and energy industries, but also a very attractive destination for the arts and for cultural education. There are several Art Colleges in the region and a growing demand across disciplines for graduates with an arts background, both practical and analytical.

The stream Young Art from the UAE seeks to explore what concept and context formations and practices young student artists in the Emirates use through artworks navigating themselves through tradition, globalization, and progress. What are their artistic drivers especially when the meaning of place and identity has shifted in our current times due to new remote technologies and most importantly due to the Covid-19 pandemic? How has student art evolved in the region and how has classroom experience coupled with cultures of the Arabian Gulf has expanded and shifted teaching methodologies?

The stream solicits artists and educators from the region to convey their ideas and experiences with young art from UAE through oral presentations and discussions with peers. You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair of a session or observer. 

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Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 25 April 2022 to: Dr. Ioannis Papavasileiou, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, UAE. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. lead a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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