Dear Friends, Board Members & Members,
As summer 2023 comes to an end, I wish all of you sending off your children back to school or off to college all the best in this upcoming academic year.
What a great year it has been, as I was am very proud to be part of this amazing group of women, I was honored to join Art Circle this March as the Artistic Director.
A highlight of this past year for me was celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Art circle, our community is flourishing, and we appreciate the continues engagement and enthusiasm of our members.
To each one of our Board and our members “Thank you”
FOUNDER'S OPENING SPEECH BY BARBARA FARAHNICK-MATHONET DURING THE ART CIRLCE 5TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER
Dear excellency, esteemed guests, dear members and friends,
It is my greatest pleasure to welcome you all tonight to celebrate the 5thanniversary of the Art Circle.
The Art Circle has played a dynamic role in promoting and supporting the arts within our community.
As such, I’m honored to speak here on behalf of The Art Circle board.
AN AFTERNOON IN DUABI
28th September 2023
Private Visit to Fernando Botero's exhibition at Opera Gallery, Atlantis the Royal
A tour of AlSerkal Lates
A DAY IN ABU DHABI
Private tour of "Roots" at Alliance française in the presence of the artists.
Private guided tour of Blane De St. Croix exhibition "Horizon"
5th October 2023
DUBAI CALLIGRAPHY BIENNALE
19th October 2023
A guided tour to the most important venues covering the first edition of the biennale
OPENING OF THE ART CIRCLE AWARD 2023 EXHIBITION
2nd November 2023
Opening ceremony of the 3rd Art Circle Award exhibition, and unveiling of the 2023 Award Winner
A DAY IN ABU DHABI
8th November 2023
Abu Dhabi Art Preview & M2M with Noura Ramahi
ABU DHABI ART
21st - 26th November 2023
Abu Dhabi Art fair is taking place from 21-26 November 2023, bringing together modern and contemporary galleries from around the world, alongside exhibitions, site-specific commissions and research focused programme.
TAC members will be free to browse around the fair, discover contemporary artists from around the world, consider the context of the UAE hosting Cop28 this year and the relationship of certain artists to the environment, while also encountering
a platform for further research on Modern Wanasa artists.
TAC members will meet around a coffee to discuss and highlight on the artworks that attracted their attention.
A DAY IN AL AIN
6th December 2023
A guided tour of the site specific public art installations commissioned by AD Art, alongside selected art attractions and a possible collector’s home visit.
Details to follow
Letter from our member Camilla Singh
For those returning from a summer of travel, welcome back. For those who stayed home, I’m looking forward to reconnecting. And for all of us I share with you what is on my mind now and pretty much every September. Discomfort, often misunderstood, as a catalyst for profound healing and growth.
I’ve just returned from 2 months away, visiting the countries I call home, the people who make them home, and the landscapes, flora, fauna and foods I instantly commune with. Beyond the physical journey, travel is a mental odyssey that alters my perception. The take off and landing alone tweak my paradigms.
This year I was attuned to family and friends’ critical underpinnings about living where they live. I noticed the limitless ways a cultural sense of right and wrong can alienate people from the happiness and wellbeing they seek.
On some level I’m evaluating whether I am living in the right place. I’ve concluded that I may not see the likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard here or The Smile, but I do have the privilege of participating in constructing alternatives alongside the many energetic doers and makers who populate the UAE, coaxing each other to keep seeing beyond the surface.
As the new art season unfurls its vibrance may we embrace discomfort, seek healing and learn from the harmony and dischord of diverse cultures. Let art be our guide inviting us to see the world through lenses that transcend time and place.
Wishing you a season of inspired and transformative revelations.
Member of the Art Circle