Now in its third edi­tion, Abu Dhabi Art is an annual bou­tique plat­form for mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art and design bring­ing together gal­leries from all four cor­ners of the world.

This year and for the first time, Abu Dhabi Art will wit­ness an impor­tant strate­gic change as it will be held in Saadiyat Island´s Cul­tural Dis­trict, where the Man­arat Al Saadiyat exhi­bi­tion space hosts a grow­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors and where the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and the Guggen­heim Abu Dhabi will open from 2013.

Abu Dhabi Art is orga­nized by TDIC (Tourism Devel­op­ment & Invest­ment Com­pany) and the Abu Dhabi Author­ity for Cul­ture & Her­itage, work­ing fur­ther to estab­lish Abu Dhabi as a cat­a­lyst for art and cul­ture, locally, region­ally and internationally.

Gal­leries have a choice of the fol­low­ing sec­tors for the pre­sen­ta­tions of their works; Gal­leries, Sig­na­ture, Bidaya, and Beyond and this year, we are also delighted to announce a new Design sec­tion for design galleries.

Gallery: the largest sec­tor, open to estab­lished gal­leries in oper­a­tion for at least 3 years.

Design: a sec­tor for design galleries.

Sig­na­ture: offer­ing the oppor­tu­nity to present emerg­ing artists to the inter­na­tional art world in a solo show. A lim­ited num­ber of booths are reserved for Sig­na­ture and open to gal­leries who are admit­ted into the Gallery sector.

Beyond: a plat­form for the pre­sen­ta­tion and sale of out­door sculp­tures, site spe­cific instal­la­tions, pub­lic art works or per­for­mance art that exceeds the scope of exhi­bi­tion booths. Despite an out­door loca­tion, the sec­tor is an inte­gral part of Abu Dhabi Art and is open to gal­leries who are admit­ted into the Gallery sector.

Bidaya: one emerg­ing gallery will be given the oppor­tu­nity to take part in Bidaya, which trans­lated from Ara­bic means beginning.

Arty­fact: The Abu Dhabi Art retail store, stock­ing art and design pub­li­ca­tions, objects and gifts. Exhibitors are invited to pro­pose their pub­li­ca­tions to be stocked in Artyfact.