HUNA's Cultural Programme
HUNA’s Cultural Programme
15.03.2024
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Designed to create year-round memorable and bespoke artistic experiences for HUNA residents, the HUNA’s Cultural Programme is a celebration of creativity and cross-cultural exchange.

HUNA stands at the forefront of Dubai’s urban transformation, crafting spaces that transcend traditional property development. Collaborating with renowned designers and artists, HUNA is fostering a vibrant cultural scene in the Middle East.

A.R.M. Holding’s dedication to enriching Dubai’s cultural landscape and offers residents a platform for engagement, inspiration, and artistic expression. A year-round calendar of events blends art with art discussions and interactive experiences. A highlight is the HUNA Sculpture Park at H-Residence, which debuted in conjunction with Art Dubai 2024. The space is envisioned as a cultural sanctuary where art narrates stories of identity and heritage, fostering a deep connection with the community.

The HUNA Sculpture Park presents a specially curated selection of artworks by three outstanding international artists in a showcase of the dynamic interplay between sculpture and architecture. Challenging perceptions, it will invite viewers to reconsider their relationship with their environment.

London-based Bangladeshi artist Rana Begum created a powerful minimalist abstract work ‘No.1235 Mesh’ inspired by Islamic art, architecture, geometric patterns and urban landscapes. The work is composed of colourful tessellated mesh panels stacked to create a building-like structure, exploring the interaction of light, colour and form and, in turn, inviting audiences to interact with them.

Rana Begum, No.1235 Mesh, 2023. Powder coated galvanised mild steel. 300 x 930 x 240 cm.
Courtesy of the artist.

One of the most dynamic and promising talents of her generation, Emirati artist Shaikha Al Mazrou‘s ‘Measuring Physicality of Void’ consists of five copper sculptures exploring the tension between the object and its surroundings. Al Mazrou combines ideas from contemporary artistic movements, such as colour theory and geometric abstraction, to create her experimental sculptural works. The 4m-high copper artworks are placed within natural environments, creating a dialogue between material, form and environment.

Shaikha Al Mazrou, Measuring the Physicality of Void, 2022. Copper. 3.6 x 2.4 m each.
Photo by Lance Gerber. Courtesy of the artist.

French-Argentinian artist and designer Pablo Reinoso‘s ‘Solo Bench I’ is a seating tool made of steel that reflects on the relationship between object and functionality, addressing environmental concerns and the human-nature relationship. The artist explores the dynamics between function and beauty and subverts the nature and limits of materials and techniques.

Pablo Reinoso, Solo Bench I, 2023. Stainless steel painted in white. 101 x 335 x 130 cm.
Courtesy of the artist.

The described works offer a celebration of the potential hidden within the ordinary. Where reality blurs, the familiar is redefined through an exploration of form, function, and everyday artistry.

The HUNA Cultural Programme was presented at an event at The Fold, a new urban community developed by HUNA, nestled in the heart of Jumeirah. The launch was attended by leading cultural figures alongside leading architects from the region, who held a panel discussion exploring how architecture and design can respond to history, culture, and context, and how they translate to human needs, values, and behaviour.

Umran Shah, Managing Director of Commercial Leasing at A.R.M. Holding, said: “Our journey at HUNA has always been driven by a singular vision – to elevate everyday living through art and community. We believe in crafting spaces that are not just structures, but destinations of cultural and creative confluence. The HUNA Cultural Programme is a vibrant expression of our commitment to cultural enrichment and community engagement”.

In celebration of the inauguration of the sculpture park, HUNA presented two of Al Mazrou’s sculptures at Art Dubai 2024 and hosted a booth welcoming visitors to learn more about HUNA and its cultural programming. “We invite everyone to join us in celebrating creativity and cultural enrichment as we work collectively towards our vision of Dubai becoming a global cultural hub,” says Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, the Chief Executive Officer of A.R.M. Holding.

The HUNA Sculpture Park will be on view until 25 May 2024.

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