Alserkal Arts Foundation and Alserkal Cultural Foundation join forces to expand the Alserkal family's commitment to the arts
Dubai, UAE – The Alserkal family today announced that Alserkal Cultural Foundation, founded by Ahmad Bin Eisa Alserkal in 2007, and Alserkal Arts Foundation, formed by Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal in 2019, will join forces under the umbrella of the Alserkal Arts Foundation. The announcement reaffirms the family’s longstanding commitment to arts and culture in the region and beyond.
In a joint statement, brothers Ahmad and Abdelmonem Alserkal said: “Inspired by our father’s pioneering efforts in cultural patronage, we are strengthening the Alserkal family’s commitment to supporting the arts in the region. With this consolidation, we will welcome the next generation of our family into the heart of our non-profit initiatives. We hope our collective efforts will not only amplify our impact and add to the cultural wealth of the UAE in a meaningful way, they will hopefully inspire young people and act as a catalyst for the further development and growth of the region’s contemporary cultural sectors. Through our mandate, we will continue to support research, artistic production, and scholarship.”
Continuing the Alserkal family’s commitment to patronage of the arts, the internal committee of Alserkal Arts Foundation will grow to include eight younger members of the Alserkal family: Latifa Bint Eisa Bin Nasser Alserkal, Yagub Bin Yousef Bin Yagub Alserkal, Sheikha Bint Abdullah Bin Eisa Alserkal, Nasser Bin Tareq Khansaheb, Athija Bint Abdullah Bin Eisa Bin Nasser Alserkal, Eisa Bin Ahmad Bin Eisa Bin Nasser Alserkal, Afra Bint Abdullah Bin Eisa Bin Nasser Alserkal, and Athija Bint Tareq Khansaheb.
Abdelmonem Alserkal announced the formation of Alserkal Arts Foundation in March 2019, formalising almost a decade of the Alserkal family’s support for artistic development in the region and beyond. The Foundation offers opportunities for research, scholarship, and artistic production to cultural practitioners and researchers —either based in Dubai—or whose practice critically investigates themes pertinent to the region's artistic community. Alserkal Arts Foundation is based in Alserkal Avenue, with an active public programme of alternative learning, year-round residencies, and recently awarded its inaugural Research Grants to three multi-disciplinary practitioners.
The Foundation has realised almost 30 artistic interventions through art commissions and exhibition programmes globally, including collaborations with Victoria & Albert Museum London (V&A), Hayward Gallery, Atassi Foundation, Samdani Art Foundation, and others. More recently, the Foundation collaborated with Zamân Books & Curating, The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, and the Museum of Contemporary African Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) on its latest exhibition, New Waves: Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School Archives, on show in Concrete until 21 November 2020.
Alserkal Cultural Foundation was founded by Ahmad Alserkal to support emerging artists through its educational outreach programme with local cultural and educational institutions. The Alserkal Cultural Foundation worked with over 149 artists and designers through exhibitions and workshops, set up the Heritage Art Programme, focused on broadening knowledge about UAE arts and culture, and completed artwork installation projects across the UAE. From 2007 to 2020, Alserkal Cultural Foundation thrived at the heart of Dubai’s historic Al Fahidi District where it welcomed over 400,000 visitors; its mandate will continue to live on through Alserkal Arts Foundation.
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About Alserkal Arts Foundation
The Alserkal Arts Foundation is a non-profit that extends Alserkal’s mission to support cultural production. The Foundation offers opportunities for research and artistic production to cultural practitioners and researchers with strong regional or contemporary relevance who challenge conventional disciplinary boundaries. Through its initiatives, which include support for artistic projects, research grants, alternative learning, and artist residencies at purpose built studios located in the heart of Alserkal Avenue, the Foundation seeks to incubate creative thinking that contributes to the region’s cultural sphere, leading to new forms of knowledge. Alserkal Arts Foundation is supported by Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Ahmad Bin Eisa Alserkal and the Alserkal family.
Alserkal is a socially responsible cultural enterprise dedicated to cultural production, community building, and placemaking within the creative industries. Since its founding in 2007 by Emirati businessman and cultural patron Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Alserkal has transformed the cultural landscape of Dubai and the UAE, cultivating a creative economy through the development of its renowned cultural district, Alserkal Avenue. Alserkal works with entrepreneurs, artists and institutions, spearheading disruptive business models. In 2017, Alserkal inaugurated Concrete, a multidisciplinary exhibitions and alternative space conceptualised and programmed by Alserkal. Alserkal combines its extensive experience in placemaking, cultural production, and strategy, offering consulting services to public and private sector entities. Alserkal gives back through Alserkal Arts Foundation, with opportunities for research and artistic production to cultural practitioners and researchers with strong regional or contemporary relevance who challenge conventional disciplinary boundaries.
About Ahmad Bin Eisa Alserkal
Ahmad Bin Eisa Alserkal is Chairman of the Alserkal Group, a Dubai-based family business conglomerate established in 1947 and comprising more than 15 diverse businesses ranging from manufacturing to real estate and green solutions. He graduated from UAE University in 1990 with a BSc in Business Administration and Management. Under his guidance, the Alserkal Group have strived to promote trade and innovative investments in the UAE and GCC, investing in a diversified portfolio underpinned by a conservative investment ethos. In 2008, Ahmad established the Alserkal Cultural Foundation to support emerging artists by working closely with local cultural institutions and educational establishments. Ahmad follows in the footsteps of his father, Eisa Bin Nasser Alserkal, and his grandfather, Nasser bin Abdullatif Alserkal, both considered pioneers in business and cultural philanthropy. Ahmad is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dubai Refreshment Company and First Invest Group, and is on the Board of Directors for Dubai Insurance, Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children and is a member of The UAE Private Sector Advisory Council on the Sustainable Development Goals.
About Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal
Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal is the founder of Alserkal Avenue, a renowned cultural district based in Al Quoz, the industrial area of Dubai; Alserkal Arts Foundation, which supports artistic projects, research grants, alternative learning, and artist residencies; and Concrete, a multi-disciplinary space commissioned by Alserkal, and the first building in the UAE to be completed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA. Concrete was shortlisted for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Abdelmonem serves on the boards of numerous art institutions around the world, including the British Museum's Contemporary and Modern Middle Eastern Art Acquisition Group; the Tate's Middle East and North Africa Acquisition Committee; and the Guggenheim's Middle Eastern Circle. He is also a Supporter of the Centre Pompidou International Circle - Middle East.