Art Dubai, Downtown Design’s sister event, has announced the list of participating galleries for its 2022 edition, presenting over 100 galleries from more than 40 countries across four main gallery sections, including Contemporary, Modern, Bawwaba and a new section, Art Dubai Digital.

A leading global platform for art and artists from the Middle East and Global South, the 2022 fair will include more than 30 first-time participants and over 50% of the gallery programme is drawn from the Global South, reaffirming Art Dubai’s position as the leading marketplace for art from this region.  

“Art Dubai is a truly global fair, and this is reflected in both the quality and geographic spread of the galleries participating in our 2022 edition, which will be our largest to date,” said Pablo del Val, Art Dubai’s Artistic Director.

This edition will also see the return of the innovative Gallery Support Programme, where accepted galleries only pay booth fees based upon sales. For the 2022 fair, the scheme is open to galleries formed in the last five years and either based in, or representing artists from, the Global South.

“That so much of the programme is drawn from the Global South highlights the increased interest in and appetite for collecting non-Western art, the strengthening of the gallery scene beyond the traditional centres of the art world, and the role Art Dubai plays as a platform for the region,” del Val added. 

The fair’s upcoming edition marks the debut of Art Dubai Digital, an innovative new digital art and NFT section that will provide a comprehensive, 360º introduction to this fast-developing landscape. This new physical section of the fair will showcase a curated selection of digital artworks presented by 16 leading international galleries and platforms, examining the context out of which NFTs, cryptocurrency, video art and virtual reality (VR) have grown since the rise of digital art in the 1980s. The programme will be accompanied by an extensive talks and education programme, including the 15th edition of Global Art Forum and a new series of 101 Talks.

Art Dubai 2022 will take place at Madinat Jumeirah from 11-13 March 2022, with previews on 9 and 10 March. View the full list of galleries here