Exterior view of The Flying House, Dubai. 2007. Courtesy The Flying House
The Flying House (TFH) is a nonprofit, private foundation for promoting contemporary Emirati artists. TFH is not an art gallery nor is it a museum. It is an institution with a mission: to preserve contemporary artworks produced by United Arab Emirates artists and to actively contribute in developing and nurturing the contemporary art infrastructure of the UAE.
Founded in December 2007, TFH supports UAE talents through a diversified panel of interventions, among which are: organizing solo and group shows in collaboration with local and international art galleries; establishing contacts with international institutions in order to finalize exchanges and residencies for its sponsored artists; favoring relationships with local and international art experts, thus bringing attention to local art practitioners and creativity; and accurately documenting and updating its records concerning the careers and production of its artists.
TFH also has a collection of artworks representative of the Emirati contemporary art movement, dating from 1973 to the present day. In addition to early works of some of the pioneers of contemporary art in the UAE—works that constitute the core of our historical collection—TFH regularly acquires a significant selection of recent artworks realized by both established and young artists.