Founded in 2005, thejamjar is a creative space that works to promote artists and support the development of Dubai’s arts scene through its extensive arts programme, educational initiatives, and community projects. The 4000 sq. ft. studio and gallery offers the region’s first Public DIY Painting Studio alongside a year round exhibition and events calendar presenting a diverse range of art forms, including visual art, film, music, theatre and more.
thejamjar has moulded itself to the needs of the community and prides itself on making art accessible to all creating a platform for dialogue and interaction amongst like-minded individuals, artists, writers and creators.
Included in thejamjar’s extensive portfolio of services is art consulting and events organizing for private and public art projects involving professional artists, collectives, schools, universities, non-for-profit and corporate organizations. thejamjar is also the creator and driving force behind ArtintheCity, an initiative committed to promoting arts in the region, and encompasses the Art Bus, www.artinthecity.com, and the publication of the UAE’s ArtMap.
About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:
The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Culture plays a critical part in achieving the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 of establishing the city as vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture and arts in the region and the world. The organisation has announced several initiatives that strengthen the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai.
- Muhammad the Messenger Museum: The first project of its kind in the world to focus on and highlight the life and message of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him).
- Sikka Art Fair: An annual art and culture event takes place in the houses of Al Bastakiya, one of the historic areas of Dubai.
- Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre: An annual festival that celebrates and fosters the art of theatre in the UAE.
- Dubai Next: To encourage and sponsor initiatives that contribute actively to the development of the cultural events and activities in Dubai. Recently, Dubai Culture showcased Dubai's aspirations in culture to an international audience at one of the world's most prestigious platforms, the Art Basel 39 art fair.
- Gulf Film Festival: Dubai Culture recognises that a healthy film industry is necessary to take stories about Dubai's culture, traditions, history and contemporary lifestyle to the world.
- Khor Dubai: A living museum that celebrates the multicultural diversity of Dubai.
- The Holy Lands: A collaboration with the unique and creatively rich Reiss Engelhorn Museen of Mannheim to bring an exclusive collection of never before exhibited rare photographs to the region and more specifically Dubai.
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