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How to enable emerging artists to launch their career and access visibility on the international scene?
This is the question the International Emerging Artist Award (IEAA) responds to by offering exceptional career
opportunities through its art award. IEAA is the United Arab Emirates’ first contemporary art award open for
both Emirati and international participants. Based in Dubai, the International Emerging Artist Award was created
with the vision to provide a world class recognition for emerging artists and as a means to showcase their work by
offering visibility on the international art scene. IEAA strives also to contribute to the UAE’s vision to position
the UAE as a global hub for emerging art. Dubai has become one of the most important cities both in the Middle East and
on the global art scene, offering exciting opportunities in the field of contemporary art and IEAA has taken this advantage
to support emerging artists through its platforms.
With the launch of the Emerging Emirati Artist Award, an award category dedicated to Emirati artists, the participants get
the chance to submit their exhibition project in view to win the same international grand prize which offers the winners an
international tour in prestigious galleries every year. Therefore IEAA achieves a strong statement: one of bringing to light
Emirati artists and building their credibility as emerging talents on the international art scene but also convincing prestigious
art galleries to believe in their artistic potential.
IEAA’s mission is also to support the artists that didn’t win but have a strong artistic background.
For this reason IEAA takes every opportunity to present to the public the artists discovered by the award in group shows,
special media feature and other events in which the organization participates outside the competition itself.
The mission of IEAA is double: support the emergence of upcoming artists by uncovering them through the competition and increase
their visibility on the global art market by placing them in renowned art galleries and allowing them to participate in international
Following the booming of the UAE’s art scene, IEAA foresaw the potential to offer both Emirati and international artists
(whose career could hardly be launched in their own market and by their own means) a unique professional development
opportunity by launching their career in the UAE before taking them on to the global art scene. Every year, IEAA organizes
the prize presentation in Dubai, inviting its international winner to discover the UAE’s art scene before kick starting the
Therefore, the artists uncovered by IEAA see their career propelled on an international level through the exclusive partnerships
IEAA develops every year with international galleries, media supporters and affiliated organizations.
Given the quality and diversity of the applications submitted to the award, IEAA created in 2013 an online gallery with
the objective to promote the best works of the participants. Indeed, if the jury panel determines the choice of two winners - an
international artist and Emirati artist - a Golden 10 list of candidates is also highlighted. But other artists whose production
got distinguished are also offered to be included in the IEAA online gallery, a platform that became more of a showroom of original
works (photogrpahs, paintings, sculptures, videos, etc..). Selected by IEAA, these artists benefit therefore from a permanent visibility
on a dedicated website.
IEAA’s online gallery reveals another way to reward the best candidates and artworks.
Thus, each participant becomes also a potential winner and through this recognition is encouraged to participate in the global
dynamics of the IEAA project. www.emergingartistaward-gallery.com
What differentiates IEAA from the other art contests is primarily its mission to identify the innovative aspect
of the artwork submitted, its originality which is the combination of conceptual and aesthetic value of the artwork
and the overall coherence of the exhibition project. Therefore, the notion of “emergence” is understood in the subtlety
of its two meanings: both innovation aspect and unknown or not known by the grand public.
The age of the participant is not a criteria for the selection given what matters the most: the quality and consistency of the
Therefore, IEAA is seeking for artists whom are most able to create artwork in a personal and contemporary approach along with a
coherent theme. Judges will value an innovative concept and will take into account the artists commitment to sincere practice that
culminates a unique application.
All media and material are accepted: painting, illustration & drawing, photography including innovative manipulation of the image, mixed media,
digital art, video art, sculpture, etc.
Participants are requested to submit an exhibition project which consists of a series of artwork using the media of their choice or a
combination of media and support. The subject should express a contemporary issue or an original concept and should be preferably
executed using innovative technique of production. The participant should explain how the work proposed is original as well as the
concept behind it. It should reveal the universe of the artist, the inspiration and imagination which make the project personal and unique.
This series should preferably have not been exhibited or little before to preserve its emerging characteristic.
IEAA is giving this year’s winners, Saeed Khalifa and Timothy Hyunsoo Lee, the unprecedented opportunity to launch their careers onto an international level: securing both winners a two-year representation at the acclaimed Sabrina Amrani Gallery (Madrid, Spain) which includes the participation at international arts fairs and group shows. In addition, the artwork will be showcased on Elevision Media’s platform of digital screens across Dubai and an exclusive broadcast on Ikono TV
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