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Aligned with its mission to support the local art scene, and in an effort to highlight a different artist each year, The Art Circle is launching its second edition of The Art Circle Award.


The Art Circle Award is a small format painting contest.


It is open to all artists, UAE National and Residents, over the age of 18 and is free of charge.


The theme for this year edition: “I dreamed that I swallowed the moon…”

It is inspired by an event from the life of the famous Emirati poet Ousha Al Suwaidi also known as Fatat Al-Arab (the Girl from the Gulf), who, at the age of 12, woke up from a dream in which she swallowed the moon. 

Ousha, 1920-2018, is known throughout the Gulf for her award-winning Nabati poems, many of which have been put to music.


Deadline: October 28th, 2022

All proposals are reviewed by a jury of art experts:

-       Maya Allison, Chief Curator NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) / Curator: National Pavilion of UAE to the Venice Biennale, 2022

-       Alejandra Castro Rioseco, Founder and Director of The MIA Art Collection

-       Dr. Alain Baron, Founder of Numismatica Genevensis

-       Faisal Al Hassan, Head of Warehouse421

-       The Art Circle Board Members

Shortlisted ones will be included in an exhibition.


The wining proposal will be unveiled on the opening day of the exhibition and awarded AED 10,000 .


The winning artwork will be part of The Art Circle collection and its reproduction,as a Giclee print, will be offered to the different art specialists it will collaborate with during its various visits and exchanges in 2023.

Sponsors of TAC in 2022:

Golden Sponsor:

Dr Alain Baron - Numismatica Genevensis

Silver Sponsors:

María Angeles Ruiz-Alom

Asma Sedeeq Al Motawa - Al Multaqa

Samar Matta Kanaan - Sahara Abu Dhabi

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