Art Galleries of Abu Dhabi

Step away from Dubai ’s glitzy malls, and you’ll find that Abu Dhabi is proudly home to a thriving arts and culture scene. From the Louvre Abu Dhabi to the upcoming Guggenheim Museum of Saadiyat Island, the UAE’s capital has fast become a well-known name in the contemporary art scene. So, it’s no surprise that there are some brilliant and quirky art galleries in Abu Dhabi. These contemporary art galleries are not only a platform for artists’ works but also a resource for the burgeoning arts community in Abu Dhabi. Read on to find out the best of Abu Dhabi art galleries along with timings and details!

SALWA ZEIDAN GALLERY

interior of Salwa Zeidan Gallery Abu Dhabi
This art gallery in Abu Dhabi is currently displaying its artwork in a temporary space in Hilton Grand Capital (Image Credits: Salwa Zeidan Gallery)

For those who want to see diverse art defined by minimalism, the Salwa Zeidan Gallery should be your first stop. One of the premier contemporary art galleries in Abu Dhabi, the Salwa Zeidan Gallery has exhibited renowned artists the likes of Hassan Sharif, Nedim Kufi and Adunis. Started in 1994 by Lebanese artist Salwa Zeidan and reopened in 2009, this Abu Dhabi art gallery is a hub for Middle Eastern and international talent.

Head down to see exceptional art of different mediums from sculpture, installations, paintings, photography and even performance art! Each piece is reviewed and approved by Salwa Zeidan herself, so prepare to be mesmerised. The gallery is temporarily exhibiting its artworks at Hilton Grand Capital but it’s currently on the lookout for a new space.   

  • Location: Hilton Grand Capital Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street
  • Entry Fee: Free entry
  • Contact: 02 666 9656

MANARAT AL SAADIYAT 

Housed in a mammoth facility in the Saadiyat Cultural District, Manarat Al Saadiyat opened its doors in 2009 as the first art and cultural centre on the island. It’s a true haven for the art community – a beautiful space where anyone can relax and be inspired by the creativity thriving around them. This Abu Dhabi art gallery is home to three gallery spaces that exhibit both temporary and permanent art. Their art exhibition in Abu Dhabi displays the exceptional work of award-winning Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al-Raes!

Brush up your art skills (no pun intended) at the workshops held in the photography and art studios, while community events and art fairs allow you to connect with the local arts community! There’s an outdoor terrace, café and brasserie to relax and refuel as well. The plethora of performances, productions and other activities here earns it a spot on this Abu Dhabi art galleries list.

  • Location: Saadiyat Cultural District
  • Entry Fee: Free entry (workshops and drop-in studios are paid)
  • Timings: 9am – 8pm; Daily
  • Contact: 02 6575 800

N2N GALLERY

Artworks displayed in N2N Gallery in Abu Dhabi
One of the contemporary art galleries in Abu Dhabi, N2N Gallery offers workshops and classes for those who want to improve their artistic skill (Image credit: N2N Gallery)

Only accessible through the Costa Coffee outlet in Al Ain Tower, N2N Gallery is a cosy space that was founded by art lover Natalya Muzaleva. Born out of the passion to help others discover the beauty of the European School of Art, this art gallery in Abu Dhabi focuses on the work of contemporary European artists. The artwork displayed is a mix of painting, graphics and sculptures that reflect a blend of realism and modernism, and visitors can expect to new artworks every so often.

Keep an eye on their social media channels to get updated about the gallery’s latest art exhibitions in Abu Dhabi.  Those wishing to explore their own artistic side can attend the master classes organised in this Abu Dhabi art gallery.

  • Location: Inside Costa Coffee, Al Ain Tower, Al Bateen Street
  • Entry Fee: Free entry
  • Timings: 10am – 10pm (Saturday – Thursday)
  • Contact: 050 728 3778

WAREHOUSE 421

The warehouses in Al Mina may not seem a likely place for art galleries in Abu Dhabi, but we strongly recommend not missing out on this gem if you’re in the area. Converted from two former warehouses, Warehouse 421 offers a creative platform in a sleek and industrial setting. Apart from placing a strong emphasis on sustainability, Warehouse 421 is a dynamic space that hosts galleries, art shows and performances, focusing on the works emerging and established regional artists. Take a tour of the paintings, sculptures and installations here and you’ll come away learning something new about the rich Emirati culture.

Warehouse 421 isn’t just an art gallery in Abu Dhabi – it’s a platform for creative public discourse. There are interesting workshops and programmes on offer from photography to jewellery making.  Apart from serving as the main exhibition venue in Abu Dhabi, this space is truly committed to developing the arts scene in the capital as well.

Keep an eye out for the stunning sculpture of an 18-metre ship just outside Warehouse 421. Named ‘Departure’, it’s made of seven pieces of cast iron which transforms over time to due to surrounding environment and weather.

  • Location: Next to Mina Shopping Centre, Al Mina
  • Entry Fee: Free Entry (Workshops and programmes are paid)
  • Timings: 10am – 8pm; Tuesday – Sunday
  • Contact: 02 676 8803

NYUAD ART GALLERY

The NYUAD Art Gallery is an intimate museum space in a university setting. Modeled on the academic museums of the US, the curatorial program explores locally relevant and internationally significant subjects. This model of scholarly, experimental, non-commercial art exhibitions complements and enhances the region’s fast-growing cultural ecosystem.

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting liberal arts college, where intellectual and creative academic endeavors are shaped and examined through an international and intercultural perspective. The Gallery is one of three distinct public-facing venues at the university, presenting art exhibitions alongside the performing arts at the Arts Center and scholarly talks and conferences at the Institute.

The Gallery is a core catalyst for NYUAD as a locus of intellectual and creative activity, linking the university with the Abu Dhabi public and a worldwide community of artists, curators, and scholars. Supporting the progress made by other arts institutions within the UAE, the NYUAD Art Gallery and the projects it supports serve the local arts community as a testing ground for new and innovative curatorial approaches that nourish the dialogue around exhibition practice in the Gulf.

The Art Gallery is open to the public during exhibitions, Monday through Saturdays, from 12-8pm. All are welcome. The gallery and the NYUAD campus are open to the public, no advance booking is required.

We also invite you to make an advance appointment for a guided tour or group visits.

Admission: The Art Gallery is free and open to all

 

ETIHAD MODERN ART GALLERY

  • Location: Villa No. 15, Huwelat Street, Al Bateen Area
  • Entry Fee: Free Entry
  • Timings: 10am – 10pm; Saturday – Thursday
  • Contact: 02 621 0145

Next on our Abu Dhabi art galleries list is the Etihad Modern Art Gallery. This warm and welcoming space is housed in a villa on Al Bateen Street and is relatively young, entering the local art scene in 2013. You can expect to see well-known regional names like Tala Atrouni and Khulood Al Jabri, and international talent such as Yiannis Roussaki. With a rotation of temporary exhibitions, Etihad Modern Art Gallery also hosts heritage shows and has worked with international institutions. It’s also attached to the Art House Café, for those who want to relax and soak in inspired surroundings.

  • Location: Villa No. 15, Huwelat Street, Al Bateen Area
  • Entry Fee: Free Entry
  • Timings: 10am – 10pm; Saturday – Thursday
  • Contact: 02 621 0145

 

ART HUB ABU DHABI

Rounding up our list of Abu Dhabi art galleries is the Art Hub, a multipurpose space that provides ample services to artists. Apart from exhibiting artworks from regional and international artists, Art Hub also provides a residency programme for creatives in Liwa! Explore different forms of art through their in-depth workshops and classes, and purchase art materials and rent works from their space. Art Hub Abu Dhabi proudly embraces all forms of creativity and expression, with a harmonious blend of modern and traditional art. Serving as a community space and platform for the local art community, this Abu Dhabi art gallery is definitely one to check out.

  • Location: Near the Food Court, Level 1, The Mall – World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi
  • Entry Fee: Free entry
  • Timings: 10am – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday
  • Contact: 055 5509 640

And that’s AD Aag guide to the best art galleries in Abu Dhabi! Which of these Abu Dhabi art galleries will you be visiting? For more cultural experiences, check out the amazing exhibits at Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on Saadiyat Island.

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