Overview of our work in arts and the creative economy

Through our arts work in the United Arab Emirates we build strong relationships between artists, producers, festivals, venues, curators and directors in the UK and their UAE counterparts. We collaboratively develop and curate a number of exciting new projects in theatre, dance, music, film and interdisciplinary creativity.

Our programmes not only resonate with our cultural agenda, but most importantly, with our partners’ needs and aspirations. As a part of our creative economy programme, we educate young professionals and forge connections between the growing creative industries in the UK and UAE.

The Place I Call Home

The Place I Call Home is a contemporary exhibition of photography commissioned by the British Council and curated by David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery Wales, that presents the work of artists from both the United Kingdom and The Gulf, as they explore the idea of ‘home’ at a time of rapid change.  Originally to be displayed in the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah, UAE, from 8 March – 31 May 2020, the exhibition has now gone online in response to Covid-19. Through this digitisation, audiences can enjoy a 360-degree visual walk-through tour, all from the comfort of their own home.