Gulf Capital Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award 2018

Deadline for submissions: 27 March 2018


About The Award   
The Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award was launched in 2013 and is an annual prize offering 10,000AED and an international professional development opporunity to the Emirati emerging artist between the age of 18 and 35 years who demonstrates outstanding creativity in an original artwork inspired by the Abu Dhabi Festival exhibition. The Award seeks to nurture talent and creativity among emerging Emirati artists and Emirati undergraduate students of the visual arts in universities across the UAE.ents of the visual arts in universities across the UAE. 

Supported by our Community & Education Partner – Gulf Capital

Admission and selection criteria

Emirati emerging artists aged between 18 and 35 years old are eligible to apply.

Registered applicants will then be requested to submit a completed form together with an original artwork in any of the following fields:

– Video / Film/ Animation

– Photography

– Visual Arts (painting, sculpture, installation, etc.)

A jury selects the winner. They will be looking for the following attributes in the submissions:

– Evidence of how the work was inspired by the Abu Dhabi Festival 2018 exhibition

– Artistic Merit

– Evidence of original and creative thinking

– Personal application of technical skills

– Emotional Impact

The winner will receive a cash prize of AED 10,000

Dates & Deadlines

1 February 2018: Exhibition opening

17 March 2018: Exhibition closes

27 March 2018: Deadline for submissions

How to Enter

STEP 1: Visit the Abu Dhabi Festival Exhibition 2018 ‘From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi’ and register for the Award at the information desk by Exhibition closing date. Admission to the Exhibition is free. The location will be at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

STEP 2: Create an artwork in any of the above mediums that is inspired by one or more of the works in the Abu Dhabi Festival 2018 exhibition. The maximum size of the work should be 200 x 200 cm.

STEP 3: Download the submission form from here

complete it in full and send it by email to

Undergraduate students can also ask faculty member at their university for entry details.

STEP 4: Submit your original artwork with your name and the title of the artwork clearly written to ADMAF, Floor 3, Makeen Tower (Ajman Bank Building), opposite Abu Dhabi Mall. Remember, only complete submissions will be accepted.