A Pioneer on the Dubai Art Scene
Total Arts is one of the first dedicated spaces to art in Dubai and the first gallery in the Al Quoz Industrial area. Established in 1992, Total Arts exhibits works of art from a variety of cultures and continents. The gallery specializes in Middle Eastern arts and aims to discover and expose new artists, as well as enrich the culture of the UAE.
Evolving with the city and growth of art in Dubai and with the emergence of other commercial galleries around, Total Arts moved away from a commercially focused gallery to an interdisciplinary space for learning, collaborating and experimenting.
An “in-between space” which develops and grows with each exhibition and will lend itself to curators and collectors to learn, teach and work together.
Total Arts relocated to the Courtyard after the inauguration of the building in 1998. Courtyard is an artistic hub, which builds on various architectural traditions and sits at the heart of Dubai’s warehouse district. The Courtyard's concept was to create a viable multidisciplinary community center, which houses a variety of functions, exhibitions and cultural activities of all types including music, films, lectures, and cultural shows.
Since the opening of the Courtyard in 1998, the area has changed significantly and many galleries and art studios have now established themselves or relocated to the neighborhood, which has flourished in recent years to become an artistic and cultural hub.