Following 6 successful runs since its inaugural edition in 2017, Art Connects Women (ACW) will once again take centre stage as the largest leading women art exhibition in UAE and the surrounding regions. Organised by ZeeArts Gallery from the 6th to 9th of March 2024, Dubai will play host to an extensive array of art works by women artists from across the world.
The 4-day art extravaganza aligns its purpose with that of International Women’s Day, thus centering its intentions on providing the most optimal women representation in the art sector while taking greater strides in empowering the female gender in achieving new heights – all these to be activated on a global scale. This coming year, the management of survivability will take a back seat to the work of renewal, growth, and progression. This year’s theme of Art Connects Women is “Leave a Legacy”; through the theme, artists can explore how their art can create a lasting, meaningful impact on the world and their future generation.
The premiering night welcomes artists from across disparate cultures, nationalities, and social backgrounds to mingle and busk in the concentration of creative finesse that pervades the halls. All things good in history remain documented for future generations to reference, and it is no different for the annual Art Connects Women initiative. Each artist will have their artwork and their portrait perpetuated within a hardback art book entitled Women Artists around the World — now on to its 4 th volume. These books will remain in the private collections of the Art Connects Women stakeholders, public showcase in libraries, as well as distributed to the artists.
Education trumps ignorance, and to educate has always been Art Connects Women’s leading advocacy to better navigate the ever-shifting landscapes of the art world. To equip women artists with the appropriate skill sets, the ACW furthers its pedagogical efforts through its hosting of conferences – with assistance from industry experts and leaders – which aim to shed light on often neglected areas in the field. Our conference next year will focus on “Fostering a Sustainable Art and Cultural Ecosystem”
Finally, the philosophy of Art Connects Women is one of celebration. As the curtains gradually get drawn over the event, a final tribute is to be paid to all participating artists for their strength, courage, determination, and messages of empowerment to the creative sector, women in the world, as well as all of humanity. The award ceremony ensures that every woman gains that recognition that their selfless contributions are valued, and that they play a significant role in fostering a society that is inclusive, altruistic, and above all, human.