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Manarat Al Saadiyat – gateway to the arts

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A space dedicated to experiencing the latest in the arts and popular culture
Manarat Al Saadiyat opened in 2009 as an exhibition centre and is today an active community space that contributes to the arts scene in Abu Dhabi. With its year-round curated exhibitions, film screenings, performances, workshops and drop-in studio spaces, the centre continually engages with the community. It explores contemporary concepts and ideas that speak to all ages.

Urbanity and popular culture lie at the core of Manarat Al Saadiyat, with a particular emphasis on photography and multimedia. Ongoing programmes explore film, music, animation, gaming, photography and media. It also provides room for expression and innovation, through art workshops for both children and adults in printmaking, self-portraits, figure drawing and ceramics.

The centre is home to the Photography Studio, Art Studio and three galleries for temporary exhibitions. It has an outdoor events terrace, a cafe and brasserie, a 250-seat auditorium and a 100-seat theatre space. Located in the Saadiyat Cultural District, Manarat Al Saadiyat is a gateway to Louvre Abu Dhabi, the future Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. It is also the primary location for Abu Dhabi Art and the Culture Summit.

Timeline

2009-2017

2009

The venue hosts its first ever exhibition, Disorientation II.

2009

2010

The permanent exhibition, Saadiyat Story, is opened to the public.

2010

2011

The first time Abu Dhabi Art is held at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

2011

2016

The Saadiyat Experience exhibition is closed.

2016

2017

Manarat Al Saadiyat re-launches with new additions including a new Art Studio, Theatre and Larte restaurant; launch of MA Smash and new weekly and monthly programmes.

2017

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Abu Dhabi Art has been held at Manarat Al Saadiyat since 2011.

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