In a bid to boost their presence across Spain, artists from the UAE will now have the exclusive opportunity to exhibit their works in one of Spain’s most prestigious cultural institutions.
As part of a new agreement overseen by Sharjah ruler Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, between the Sharjah Book Authority and Casa Arabe, an institution which cultivates Spain’s cultural relationship with the Arab world, the project is being developed in order to bridge the gap and promote understanding between Arab and Spanish creative communities.
Casa Arabe general director, Pedro Martinez-Avial says, “the institute will serve as one of the main vehicles promoting artistic exchanges between both the UAE and Spain.”
“I want [artists] to come here to show us what is happening in [their] scene. This will be particularly interesting when it comes to the art coming from the UAE. I know the scene over there is absolutely dynamic and that is not known here,” says Martinez-Alvial.
“Despite the fact that we are relatively close to some Arab countries, the people in Spain still [don't know] about that part of the world.”
While the project continues to be developed, Pedro Martinez-Avial urges creatives from the UAE to pay a visit to the centre. “I want them to know that they are welcome here and we want to know more about their world.”
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