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30 January 2024

Emerging Artist Prize 2024

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Calling all artists eager to showcase their creative works! The Emerging Artist Prize is now accepting submissions from talents worldwide. This year’s theme, “Cultural Crossroads,” encourages artists to explore and celebrate the fascinating intersection of various cultures and traditions from around the world.

The inspiration for the theme comes from Rove’s connection to the region. The Middle East is a beautiful melting pot of cultures, a place where the East meets the West, and heritage meets innovation. It thrives on exchanging ideas, art, and traditions with its diverse population.

The long-standing collaboration with World Art Dubai, organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), has grown to become an important event for up-and-coming talent, attracting thousands of entries every year, and on this edition it promises to be just as exciting.

The shortlisted artworks will be displayed at the Rove Hotels’ Emerging Artist Prize stand in the event. The 10th edition of the MENA region’s biggest retail art fair takes place at DWTC from 2 – 5 May 2024 and will bring together 4,000 pieces of art from +300 galleries and artists from +60 countries worldwide, from emerging artists to established talent.

How to Enter The Emerging Artist Prize

The competition is divided into three rounds:

1. Submission Stage:

Dates: Before 1 April 2024

Theme: Cultural Crossroads

This theme celebrates the region as a global melting pot. Artists are invited to explore the convergence of diverse cultures, traditions, and histories in the city, creating works that reflect its unique cultural mosaic.

Using the form below, artists can submit their artworks to the competition. Additional details below:

    • Accepted Media: Digital art: Images, illustrations, animations and 3D digital art.
    • Minimum artwork resolution: 1000×1000
    • Digital submission file. Accepted formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG and MP4.

The prize is open to artists from all over the world.

2. Final Shortlist:

Dates: Shortlist will be announced by 21 April 2024

Number of artworks: A maximum of 10 pieces will be shortlisted

All shortlisted artworks will be featured at Rove Hotels’ Emerging Artist Prize in World Art Dubai.

Two winners will be selected out of these pieces, a Grand Winner and a People’s Choice Winner.

3. Exhibition At World Art Dubai

All 10 shortlisted artworks will be exhibited at World Art Dubai between 2nd to 5th of May 2024.


  • Grand Prize: The grand winner, selected by the judges, will be awarded complimentary space to exhibit their artworks at World Art Dubai 2024 and a one-night stay at Rove Hotels.
  • People’s Choice Award: The winner of this category is chosen by the public and will receive a monetary cash value of AED 5,000 and a one night stay at one of Rove’s properties in Dubai.

Competition Timeline:

  • 1 January to 1 April – Artwork Submission
  • 2 April to 21 April – Judges deliberation time
  • 26 April – All shortlisted artworks will be announced.
  • 2 to 5 May – Shortlisted artworks will be exhibited at World Art Dubai. Winners will be declared.

The judging panel:

  • Rove Hotels Design Team
  • Petra Kaltenbach – Master of Visual Communication
  • Batool Jafri – World Art Dubai Curator
  • Samar Kamel –  World Art Dubai Curator