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Bait Al Zubair brings global art to Muscat
June 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The summer course at Bait Al Zubair is an introduction to the study of contemporary art. It develops students’ abilities and interests over a four-week period.– Supplied photo

Muscat: This June, Bait Al Zubair's Bait Al Dalaleel has launched 'Art History and Practical Summer Course: Renaissance to Street Art,' a one month intensive course conducted by visiting Professor John Dickerson.

Bait Al Dalaleel is a collective space dedicated to welcome, inspire and influence the young generation of artists in Oman.

This space which is devoted to art is a haven for writers and artists to create, freelancers to work, researchers to connect, thinkers to network and artists to collaborate. It is an open space that cultivates ideas, generates cultural conversations on art, design, music, dance, theatre, film and literature.

Dr John Dickerson is a British painter, ceramist and art historian whose work has been represented in numerous exhibitions and is held in many collections around the world. He studied in London (London University Goldsmiths', Royal College of Art), New York (The Art Students League, Pratt Institute), and privately in Japan earning both an MFA and Higher Doctorate in studio art practice and art history.

In addition to producing his own artwork, he has had a long teaching career mainly in Britain and the USA. He is the author of three books on ceramics and is a specialist on Raku tea ceremony ceramics. Dr Dickerson is particularly interested in cross-cultural dialogue and in assisting young artists to develop their personal expressive language within the contemporary cultural context.

Contemporary art
The summer course at Bait Al Zubair is an  introduction to the study of contemporary art. It sustains and develops students' abilities and interests over a four-week period and offers an outstanding opportunity for an intense engagement with Fine Arts practice in a historical and practical sense. The course encourages individual creativity whilst imparting a solid grounding in the practical and the aesthetic.

Dr John Dickerson says, "Bait Al Zubair is currently hosting a programme of lectures, discussions and studio practice sessions devoted to a consideration of the propositions, themes and issues that have been raised during the development and progress of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The aim of the programme is to identify some of the prominent issues that are currently engaging the interest of artists internationally. It is hoped that the programme will provide an opportunity to the participants to focus on a range of examples of artwork from around the world and consider what relevance of the issues that underpin those works have for themselves and their own creative production.'

Paul Doubleday, General Manager, Bait Al Zubair comments, "Art History and Theory is of prime importance for the development of art and culture in Oman. This summer school has attracted some of the most interesting artists in the country, who have spent this month exploring their own work and art through the eyes of some of the great masters such as Caravaggio, Duchamp, Picasso and many more. Bait Al Zubair is pleased to say this is the first of a series of seminars exploring history and art technique over the coming year so keep an eye out for more!"

Bait Al Dalaleel is located at Bait Al Zubair, the venue that is a hub dedicated to bringing the arts and cultural community together to hold a cultural dialogue, cultivate ideas, workshops, lectures and seminars, foster collaboration, curate shows, conduct meetings and discussions. Bait Al Dalaleel Art Space solidifies Bait Al Zubair as a cultural destination for the public.
Bait Al Dalaleel is open from 9.30am to 6pm Saturday to Thursday.

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