Afra Al Dha­heriy

Co-founder of Bait 15

What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - CULTURE -

What is the main ob­jec­tive of Bait 15? Pri­mar­ily we want to ac­ti­vate the artis­tic com­mu­nity in as many ways as pos­si­ble. When we grad­u­ated, we found there was a lack of places to come to­gether. We also want to host work­shops and ex­hi­bi­tions. How im­por­tant is the his­tory of the place? Very. Creative peo­ple have al­ways in­hab­ited it, so it car­ries a cer­tain kind of en­ergy and we feel that we are car­ry­ing for­ward the spirit of the place with Bait 15. Is it open to the pub­lic? We are happy to wel­come any­one who wants to come and visit. We en­cour­age a spirit of inclusivity. How­ever, we do ask if you con­tact us first for an ap­point­ment, be­cause we all have full time jobs as well. What’s in store for Novem­ber? We have an ex­hi­bi­tion of the work of Aye­sha Juma [a prom­i­nent UAE artist] and her fam­ily: her sis­ter, her son, her daugh­ter and two nieces. Host­ing a fam­ily ex­hi­bi­tion fits with the over­all vibe – that we have re­pur­posed the way a home func­tions. We will also have Tarek Al Ghous­sein [a well­known artist and pho­tog­ra­pher] start­ing his two-month res­i­dency in Novem­ber and some of his work will be on show.

Bait 15, Alza­faranah, Al Muroor, Abu Dhabi. Open by ap­point­ment: E-mail: [email protected] www. bait15.com

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