Warehouse421’s Wednesdays at the Warehouse Returns for its 5th Edition

Warehouse421’s Wednesdays at the Warehouse Returns for its 5th Edition

Wednesdays at the Warehouse is excited to be back for its fifth season at Warehouse421 from September to December 2017.

The latest programme features a mix of engaging talks and hands-on workshops inspired by the exhibitions on show at Warehouse421, and a diverse series of film screenings showcasing the best in contemporary Arab cinema.

The Talks will provide a deeper look at the Community & Critique: SEAF 2016/17 Cohort 4 show, featuring artists from the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF); and In the Making, originally curated for the London-based Design Museum by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, which are both on show at Warehouse421 this fall.

The Workshops will provide an opportunity for participants to learn hands-on skills and explore themes inspired by the works on display in the Community & Critique: SEAF 2016/17 Cohort 4 show, and will be personally led by Fellows from this UAE-based program.

The Film Screenings will celebrate the infinite diversity of contemporary Arab cinema, showcasing the works of talented directors from across the Middle East and North Africa, in partnership with Cinema Akil.

All activities will take place at Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi.

Prior registration is required, please observe the age limits outlined.

Admission fee is applicable to select activities.

For more information and registration, please visit warehouse421.ae


Wednesday, 20th September. 17:00 – 20:00

  • 2D/3D

  Form-making in Drawing and Sculpture

Participants in this hands-on workshop will experiment with the ongoing relationship between two-dimensional and three-dimensional processes to create unique forms and produce drawings and objects. A range of drawing, print-making and sculptural techniques will be employed to reinterpret found images and objects.


Dina Khorchid & Rand Abdul Jabbar, Artists and Designers.

Alumni, Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF)

Age Group:


Admission Fee:

AED 40


Wednesday, 4th October. 17:00 – 20:00

Wednesday, 11th October. 17:00 – 20:00

  • The Art of Re(Creation)

Working with Upcycled Plastics

Participants in this two-part workshop will work together to repurpose potential waste products – plastic water bottles – into a one-of-a-kind piece of public art. The first session will introduce different types of polymers and invite participants to commence the process of transforming plastic bottles. The second session, will provide insights into the recycling process for plastics before inviting participants to add their transformed plastic bottles to a temporary piece of public art that will change with the sun, wind and shadows.

Note to Participants –

This workshop is conducted over two days – participants will need to attend both days.

In advance of the workshop, participants are invited to collect as many clear, empty, plastic water bottles of different sizes and shapes as they can for use in the collective art project.


Hashel Lamki, Artist, Alumnus, Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF)

Age Group:

All ages

Admission Fee:

AED 40


Wednesday, 25th October. 19:30 – 22:00

  • Suleima (2014)

Directed by: Jalal Al Maghout

Syria | PG | Animation | Arabic | 15 mins

An animated documentary film, based on an actual story of a woman from Damascus countryside. Suleima evokes some of childhood memories, when her thoughts refusing injustice had arisen. The film is a portrait of Suleima, and a monitoring of intellectual and social shifts she experiences during the events. The visual environment has been presented graphically fully of sharp contrasts, and imaginary mixed with reality.

  • Taramontane (2016)

Directed by: Vatche Boulghourjian

Lebanon, UAE, France | PG | Drama | Arabic | 105 mins

Rabih, a blind musician, travels across rural Lebanon in search of a record of his own birth. He meets people on the far fringes of society who tell their own stories and open further questions about his origins. Descending into a void at the heart of his existence, Rabih encounters a nation incapable of telling his or its own narrative.

Admission Fee:



Wednesday, 8th November 2017. 18:30 – 20:00

  • Barber & Osgerby Masterclass

Decoding the Process Of Design

This masterclass provides an in-depth look at the process of design from internationally-acclaimed design duo, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Together, they will talk about their passion for design, their processes and methods, and offer personal insights into some of their most iconic projects, which include the Loop Table, the Tip Ton chair and the torch for the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Designers

Admission Fee:



Wednesday, 22th November 2017. 18:30 – 20:00

  • Master Critique: SEAF Cohort 4

The Role of Constructive Critique

As part of the Community & Critique: SEAF 2016/17 Cohort 4 show, Warehouse421 will host a moderated panel featuring artists from the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF), followed by an open discussion of their work. Fellows will introduce their projects and answer questions from the public. The session demonstrates the role that constructive critique can play in illuminating and refining the often-solitary art-making process.


Fortune Penniman, Hashel Lamki, Malda Smadi and Sheikha Al Ketbi,

Artists, Alumni, Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF)


Munira Al Sayegh, Programs Officer, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Admission Fee:



Wednesday, 29th November. 19:30 – 22:00

  • Shrimp (2016)

Directed by: Yaser Alneyadi

UAE | PG 15 | Drama | Arabic | 26 mins

A group of people are brought together under absurd circumstances and they express their darkest, most twisted desires.

  • Mimosas (2016)

Directed by: Oliver Laxe

Morocco, Spain, Qatar, France | PG | Drama | Arabic | 96 mins

A caravan escorts an elderly and dying Sheikh through the Moroccan Atlas. His last wish is to be buried with his close ones. But death does not wait. The caravaners, fearful of the mountain, refuse to continue transporting the corpse. Saïd and Ahmed, two rogues traveling with the caravan, say they know the way and promise to take the corpse to its destiny. In another world, Shakib is chosen to travel to the mountains with a mission: to help the improvised caravaners.

Admission Fee:



Wednesday, 6th December. 17:00 – 20:00

  • The Mold and the Beautiful

Mold Making and Assemblage

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn a diverse range of practical sculptural techniques including mold making, casting, scratch building, wood working and carving. The workshop will encourage experimentation by combining materials and images in unexpected ways, and each participant will leave the session having produced their own small-scale multimedia sculpture.


Tony Bragg, Studio Manager, Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship

Age Group:


Admission Fee:

AED 40


Wednesday, 20th December. 19:30 – 22:00

  • The Purple Field (2015)

Directed by: Nasri Hajjaj

Palestine | PG | Drama | Arabic, German | 18 mins

Tamer, a Palestinian-Syrian, flees war-torn Syria and ends up in Austria after a three-month journey through Europe. He waits for the government’s response to his asylum application.

  • Sounds of the Sea (2014)

Directed by: Nujoom Al Ghanem

UAE | PG | Documentary | Arabic | 93 mins

Sounds of the Sea tells the story of an ageing Emirati fishing community on the Um Al Quwain Creek. Once famed for their sea songs, the community is slowly being orgotten. Despite their age, the fishermen hope for one more sea voyage with Saif Al zibadi, to revive the songs of this legendary sea singer. As more immigrants are hired to replace the ageing fisherman, the newcomers sing songs of their own, replacing both the fisherman and the traditional Emirati sea songs.

Admission Fee:


About Wednesdays at the Warehouse

Wednesdays at the Warehouse is a curated program of activities and events designed to create new opportunities for community participation in the arts and culture. The program features a range of activities including workshops, film screenings, performances and panel discussions, all held on Wednesdays at Warehouse421. Through its diverse and interactive programming, Wednesdays at the Warehouse aims to support emerging artists and cultural practitioners and contribute to the enrichment of the local arts scene in the United Arab Emirates.

About Warehouse421

Launched in 2015, Warehouse421 is a cultural space that encourages artistic expressions, and supports the perceptive processes, in order to reinforce the UAE’s creative community. It was transformed from industrial warehouses located in the historic Mina Zayed of Abu Dhabi,

to a platform for art and culture, design and creativity, performance and music, from regional, international and UAE-based artists, designers and cultural practitioners. The mission of Warehouse421 is to contribute to public discourse, interactivity and innovative community development, by being a unique and original space that allows audiences to experience these disciplines, through cultural programs and artistic projects. From its location that links the industrial and coastal histories, it aims to be an exhibition space that arranges shows by galleries and artists, and set a wider stage for creativity throughout the city. The conversion of Warehouse421 has been overseen by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation as part of its mission to support the growth of the arts and cultural scene in the UAE.