Wilton Terraces Art Competition Winners

Our jury panel is delighted to announce the winners of the Wilton Terraces Art Competition under the Ellington Art Foundation initiative, aimed at promoting Dubai-based artists.

Jacky Tang & Yazeed Obeid

Jacky Tang and Yazeed Obeid are international award-winning architects and artists, with experience in museum, cultural, mixed-used projects, interior and furniture design, architectural installations, and exhibition design.

For the Wilton Terraces Art Competition, the duo proposed “A Piece of Transparent History”. This art installation is inspired by the carpets, textile, geometrical pattern, and ornamentations from the Silk Road era. Their work will emulate a simplified carpet on the ceiling using standardized bronze color metal pieces suspended by a transparent wire.

Alexandru Danu

Alexandru Danu is a multidisciplinary fine artist from Eastern Europe of Romanian descent, currently based in Dubai.

For the Wilton Terraces competition, Alexandru proposed a series of abstract paintings with a strong color palette inspired by the silk road. His work will follow the silk road timeline and its resemblance to the human connection and different cultures.

Paul-Vlad Epure

Paul-Vlad Epure is an international award-winning photographer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He received the first place in The Sony World Photography Awards, amongst many other competitions.

For the Wilton Terraces competition, Paul-Vlad’s submission is a series of landscape photography of the Rub Al Khali desert. His work reflects soft sand and multicolored hues of khaki and orange and plays of shadows and textures.



We are looking for aspiring and upcoming art enthusiasts to join the league of featured artists in our Art Foundation to showcase their talents, explore their innate artistic freedom and a chance to create a permanent gallery in our Wilton Terraces lobby and corridors.

Open to all residents of the United Arab Emirates with creative minds from 18 to 40 years old. The theme should showcase the fusion of oriental and occidental cultures using neutral palette and earth tones.  



The development of art is closely related to the larger context of the travel of artistic motifs, beliefs and ideas. The competition explores the art traditions of The Silk Road, the ancient trading routes of spices, carpets and rich textural goods across Asia and the Middle East.


Exhibit Your Art, Be Our Next Featured Artist


Inspiring artistic and intellectual talents to propagate the true spirit of photography and highlight its crucial role in the creation of art, as well as giving recognition to innovators.


Design a sculpture or installation that could be dynamically showcased in Wilton Terraces main lobby and totally transforms the space, providing the artistic ambience the area deserves.


To play with unusual and radical ideas, challenge assumptions, make connections and produce an art form that evokes emotions and transcendence.


To produce sensations of volumes, space and movement through shapes, lines and colours with the application of tones and textures of the Silk Road.


Our group of juries is carefully selected to empower local talents through their magnificent experiences in the field. We trust that their inputs and recommendations will help in shaping a better future for the candidates.

Robert Booth

Robert Booth

Co-founder & Managing Director
Ellington Properties

A true property veteran, Robert has developed, marketed and sold some of the world’s largest projects across five continents. Moving to Dubai in 2001, he joined Emaar Properties PJSC, holding various senior roles, including CEO of its North America region and CEO of the overall Real Estate Division. 

Laura Bielecki

Laura Bielecki

Sr. Interior Design Manager
Ellington Properties

Laura is a Professional Interior Designer who oversees the design and detail of each Ellington Properties’ projects. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Interior Design from Mount Royal University in Calgary Canada in 2006 she went on to complete her LEED accreditation for green building.
In 2012 Laura was awarded ‘Middle East Young Designer of the Year’ at the Commercial Interior Design Awards. 

Juan Roldan

Juan Roldan

Architect & Curator
AUS Associate Professor

Roldan is an architect and educator and currently serves as the curator of the D3 Architectural Festival 2020 First Edition. With over 20 years of professional experience, his architectural and interior designs have been published in several magazines and gained local and international awards. His works as an educator in design and art has been showcased at the Milano Triennale, Sharjah Art Foundation and Alserkal Avenue among others.

Esra Lemmens

Esra Lemmens 

Art Director

Lemmens is a designer, Art director, author, lecturer but moreover a business professional. After receiving degrees in Fine Arts and Design, she focused on developing her career path while collaborating with other designers. She has focused on a growing phenomenon in the design world, distilling her own philosophy, which came to life in her book titled ‘Conceptual Commercialism Commercial Conceptualism’.

Louise Duggan

Louise Duggan 

Ophelia Art Consultancy

Louise Duggan is the owner of Ophelia Art Consultancy. The company provides artwork, sculpture and accessories for leading hotels in the region, as well as countless F& B outlets and private residences. Prior to this, having graduated in Art and Design, Louise worked as an FF&E interior designer for some of the major design companies specializing in five star hotel design in London and Dubai. Louise is a professional artist and currently curating the new Picasso gallery in Al Quoz. Louise has built up considerable local knowledge having had 21 years’ experience in the region and has travelled extensively around the world.




The chosen artists will be awarded with a complimentary space in Wilton Terraces lobby and corridors to exhibit his/her works and will get a monetary support from Ellington Art Foundation to craft and exhibit the masterpiece/s.

Ellington Art Foundation will handle all the PR to promote the winning artists and the art pieces.