8 Emirati candidates are in the race for the Emerging Emirati Artist Award and 74 candidates from 31 countries for the international category.
The number of shortlisted candidates was initially set at 40 but due to the high number of outstanding applications IEAA has decided to double this figure. Award Director, Rebia Naim said "This year has been exceptional; not only from a participation point of view but from the quality of work we have received. It was only fair to increase this number and promote more work."
Jury scoring is currently taking place and final deliberation is planned for 30th January. Submitted projects will be scored based on concept, technical ability, coherence between the concept and the artwork and general impression. All media were accepted this year.
The prize-presentation and unveiling of the winners' work will take place 18th of March at Fn Designs during the Al Serkal Avenue Art night. The exhibition will be open to the public the same evening.
Following the opening in Dubai, both Emirati and International winners will see their work displayed in Singapore (Vue Privée, May 2013), Istanbul (The Empire Project, July 2013) and Marseille (Galerie Gourvennec Ogor, Dec 2013) European capital of culture.
Run under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum and supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, IEAA mission is to provide world class recognition for emerging artists and as a means to showcase their work on the international art scene through renowned art galleries. International Emerging Artist Award strives to contribute to the UAE’s vision to position the UAE as a global hub for art and to encourage the career development of emerging artists.