Contemporary African Art was recently given a new lease of life by the Create Hub Gallery in Dubai. The gallery opened its doors to artists on the 7th of June earlier this month and will focus on promoting African artists.

In a press release, Lidija Kostic Khachatourian, Create Hub Gallery’s managing partner, said “We are thrilled that our gallery is the first independent, dedicated space in the Middle East to showcase the incredible work of emerging and established African artists.”

She also said, while some African artists have “made it” on to the international art scene – with their work exhibited in museums, galleries and auction houses in New York, London and Paris, there are hundreds of incredibly talented painters, sculptors, and conceptual African artists waiting to be discovered.

The gallery covers more than 30 established and emerging artists from countries such as Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, Uganda, Congo, Kenya, and even Brazil showcasing dynamic works of art ranging from pop-art, mixed media, ink and pen, abstract, and realistic works.

Since its inception in 2011, Create Hub Gallery has evolved from an artists’ platform into a fully- fledged international artists’ representative, art consultant, and exhibition organiser. Today, the gallery promotes and represents internationally acclaimed artists from around the world, with the gallery focusing heavily on the investment and promotion of Contemporary African Artwork.

Speaking on how she entered African art foray, Lidija says it was during a trip to Mozambique – while visiting an inspiring local art gallery and art centre at which dozens of young artists were creating their pieces that she decided to explore the contemporary art scene a little more.

“I travelled, together with my family, to several African countries and found a kaleidoscope of incredible art on the continent – from enormous, vivid collages, to ethereal paintings, and more – all of which were a far cry from the touristy pieces that people usually associate with the words ‘African art,” she says.

She felt people around the world needed to see the artwork hence began importing contemporary African art into the UAE. “Create Hub Gallery” is on Google Maps, in Warehouse #4 on 6th Street (near Al Waha Street) in Al Quoz 3. The gallery is open to the public every Saturday from 10am to 5pm, with viewings outside of these times being by appointment only.