First ever Dubai World Cup Art Auction and Exhibition

The Dubai Racing Club, in conjunction with Art Connection, is delighted to announce the first ever Dubai World Cup Art Auction and Exhibition, on Wednesday March 28, 2007 from 7pm to 8pm in the Al Joharah Ballroom at the Madinat Jumeirah Resort.

Eleven artists from around the world have been commissioned to create and exhibit a piece that represents each of the 11 winners of the Dubai World Cup.

A select audience will be invited to bid for each piece of art, with part of the proceeds going to a nominated children’s charity in Dubai.

An exhibition will also run alongside the auction, whereby the 11 appointed artists will also display two other pieces each, with an equine theme.

In an exciting initiative, the artist who receives the highest bid for their painting will then be commissioned to paint a portrait of the winner of the highly-anticipated 2007 Dubai World Cup.

Mr Saeed H Al-Tayer, Chairman of the Dubai Racing Club, said: ‘The first ever Dubai World Cup Art Auction and Exhibition is a wonderful new event for Dubai World Cup week.

‘We have some of the finest artists from around the world bringing to life the previous 11 winners of the Dubai World Cup, in their own unique style.’

Part of the proceeds from this auction will go to the Al Saada Girls’ School, which cares for neglected children and orphans.

The Auction will be overseen by Phillips de Pury and Company. Founded in 1796 in London, this auction house and art dealership has offices in many cities around the world, including New York, London, Geneva, Berlin, Brussels and Paris.

All art works will be presented in a limited edition book that can be purchased both in the UAE and abroad.

Art Connection’s Yousef Ali Bin Zayed added: ‘It is our honour to be part of such a unique event, which will pay tribute to the winning horses of the past 11 years.

‘The auction and exhibition gives the local artists the chance to share with the visiting artists their experiences, and it is also for a good cause.

‘We would like to specially thank the Courtyard Gallery, who has helped us greatly in staging the event.’

Art Connection is a member of the Government Procurement Program under Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders, and deals with the different aspects of the creative energy of artists from all media, represented by the national and the international community.

Mrs Ibtihal A Al Naji, Assistant Manager of the Government Procurement Program, said: ‘I’m so proud and happy to see one of our program’s members succeed in organising such an event which celebrates the richest horse race in the world. I wish Art Connection all the best and great success.’