Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:
The Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) commemorated the 2022 winners in the fields of Art, Design and Sustainability at an awards ceremony held at the Emirates Palace on Wednesday, March 1.
The list of UAE winners includes artist and Zayed University graduate Ameena Aljarman, who won the Gulf Capital – ADMAF Visual Arts Award for her digital video work “My Grandmother Ameena’s Wish”; playwright Hamdan bin Shfayan Alameri, with his play “2071 Room No. 1 Gulf Capital – ADMAF Creativity Award; American University of Sharjah Architecture graduate Maitha Al Hammadi, whose project “Agro-Industrial Tourism” won the TotalEnergies Design Award for Sustainability; and jewelry designer and Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation Students Asma Almarri and Media Alfalasi won the 2022 ADMAF Design Fund Award, and their earmuffs ‘Osha’ received support from L’Ecole Van Cleef and Arpels.
The awards were presented by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance. His Excellency Huda Alkhamis-Kano, Founder of ADMAF, Founder and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival, and representatives from Gulf Capital, TotalEnergies, L’Ecole Van Cleef and Arpels, as well as representatives of several senior officials and cultural partners were in attendance ceremony.
HE Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF), Founder and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Music Festival, said: “For more than two decades, Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation has Empowering young people, investing in their capabilities and nurturing their creative talents. We are delighted to partner with our sponsors to host the annual ADMAF Awards, which provide a platform for bringing innovative ideas to life, stimulating free creative thinking, and realizing dreams and ambitions .
“This year’s winners have demonstrated extraordinary potential in the fields of visual arts, theatre, design and sustainability, and rewarding them for their excellence remains a core pillar of the Foundation, enabling them to launch successful careers as part of the UAE’s culture and culture. future leaders of the creative industries,” she continued.
The TotalEnergies Sustainable Design Award, which recognizes outstanding innovation and achievement by young Emiratis in the fields of sustainable design and Destination agriculture, tourism, soil and aquifer treatment for sustainable development.
Elias KASSIS, TotalEnergies Country Chair in the UAE, said: “Promoting culture, dialogue and heritage is one of the main missions of the TotalEnergies Foundation. Supporting young emerging artists.”
“TotalEnergies Sustainable Design Awards 2022 aims to provide a launch pad for emerging designers and architects in the UAE with sustainable ideas. This is a rare opportunity for the UAE Year of Sustainability, where young Emirati artists will be able to Innovation paves the way for its own sustainable future.”
Gulf Capital – ADMAF Creativity Awards was launched in 2006 to recognize the creativity of Emirati youth in the visual and performing arts, literature and film. The award was awarded to playwright Hamdan bin Shfayan Alameri for his play “Room 2071,” which depicts the challenges faced by scholarship students in fulfilling the goals and aspirations desired by their families and society pressure.
Launched in 2013, the Gulf Capital Abu Dhabi Arts Festival Visual Arts Awards recognize outstanding creativity in the UAE in the visual arts, performing arts, literature, animation and film. The 2022 award goes to artist Ameena Aljarman, whose digital video work “My Grandmother Ameena’s Wishes” is a visual narrative exploring the journey her grandmother passed down to her family.
Miray Zaki, Managing Director, Head of Africa and Head of Sustainable Investing at Gulf Capital, commented: “Our long-standing partnership with the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation and Abu Dhabi Festival is at the core of our belief in nurturing an emerging Emirati culture We are delighted to see the great work of all participants in both awards. We would like to commend the Foundation for its continued work in promoting excellence in emerging Emirati talent and congratulate all the recipients of this year’s awards.”
The ADMAF Design Fund was established in 2019 with the support of L’École Van Cleef and Arpels to promote co-creativity and bespoke design by emerging artists. This year’s award went to Emirati jewelry designers Asma Almarri and Media Alfalasi, whose ‘Osha’ earrings pay homage to Emirati heritage with a unique design that emits an oud scent when touched.
Marie Vallanet-Delhom, Dean of L’ÉCOLE School of Jewelery Arts, said: “As an educational institution, L’ÉCOLE School of Jewelry Arts was supported and founded by Van Cleef & Arpels, aiming to share jewelry culture with the widest possible audience. Our mission is to educate and disseminate knowledge about all aspects of jewelry art, throughout history, and from different cultures and traditions around the world. Through our partnership with the ADMAF Design Fund, we are delighted to be able to encourage and reward the creativity of emerging jewelry artists.”
Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation focuses on supporting cultural and artistic achievements and continued cultural development, reaching diverse audiences by embracing creativity and launching a wide range of initiatives and social programmes, and nurturing creative talent in the UAE and abroad in collaboration with key local and Cooperation with international cultural institutions.
About Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF):
Established in 1996, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) is one of the oldest cultural foundations in the Gulf region and the Arab world. ADMAF supports the sustainability and creativity of the cultural industries and enriches Abu Dhabi’s status as a cultural beacon by offering a wide range of initiatives, often in partnership with leading national and international institutions, including Abu Dhabi Festival and a number of youth and social programs and platform to support creative talent in the UAE and abroad.
About Abu Dhabi Festival:
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan bin Mohamed Al Nahyan
Founded in 2004, Abu Dhabi Festival was generously sponsored by President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan from 2007 to 2011. Minister of Information and Culture at the time (currently UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation).
Abu Dhabi Festival is the festival of ‘Bilad Al Khayr’, the Land of Blessings, the Land of Zayed, upholding the values of dialogue, tolerance, respect and peace. The annual festival commissions, produces, preserves and showcases the greatest works of music and art to create rich cultural experiences in the UAE and beyond, as part of its commitment to building and sustaining the nation’s creative economy.
Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio to generate sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi.
Mubadala’s US$284 billion (AED1,045 billion) portfolio spans six continents, across multiple industries and asset classes. We leverage deep industry expertise and long-term partnerships to drive sustainable growth and profits, while supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the United Arab Emirates economy.
TotalEnergies is a multi-energy company that produces and sells fuel, natural gas and electricity. Our 100,000 employees are committed to making energy more affordable, reliable, cleaner and better quality for as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, we aim to be a world-class player in the energy transition. TotalEnergies places sustainability in all its aspects at the heart of its projects and operations to advance people’s well-being.
TotalEnergies is involved in all aspects of the UAE’s energy sector and is one of ADNOC’s key partners through its many joint ventures. In addition, TotalEnergies conducts business through its affiliates TotalEnergies Renewables Distribution Generation, TotalEnergies Renewables International, TotalEnergies Marketing Middle East, TotalEnergies E&P UAE Unconventional Gas and its trading arm TotalEnergies Trading & Shipping SA. TotalEnergies operates the Total Abu Al Bukhoosh field for 47 years until March 8, 2021.
About Gulf Capital:
Gulf Capital is a leading, theme-driven private equity firm with over 16 years of experience investing from the GCC to South and Southeast Asia, one of the fastest growing investment corridors in the world today. Gulf Capital partners with dynamic entrepreneurs and exceptional management teams, providing them with growth capital, strategic advice and operational expertise to build market-leading global businesses. The firm has a long and proven track record of investing in growth markets, having made 38 investments since its inception. It currently manages over $2.4 billion in assets across seven funds and investment vehicles. As a thematic investor, Gulf Capital focuses on resilient and forward-looking sectors such as technology and fintech, healthcare and healthtech, business services, consumer and sustainable development. Its mission is to create value through world-class governance and ESG best practices, with a deep focus on operational improvement and industry expertise to create sustainable and superior performance for its key stakeholders.
About L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelery Arts:
L’ÉCOLE Academy of Jewelery Arts was established in 2012 with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels to introduce the public to various aspects of jewelery culture. It is a school of initiation, open to everyone, without special prerequisites: beginners as well as enlightened amateurs, collectors and those curious about the world of jewelry.
L’ÉCOLE offers courses in three main areas: the history of jewelry, the world of gemstones and the virtuosity of jewelry-making techniques, taught by around 60 teachers, art historians, gemologists and artisans including jewelers. These courses are practice-based. Students experiment with gestures, skills and tools under the guidance of their teachers.
L’ÉCOLE also offers other events: free and monthly online conversations, book publications, exhibitions – in Paris and abroad. There are also creative workshops for children and teens.
L’ÉCOLE now has two addresses: one in Paris and one in Hong Kong.
In Paris, L’ÉCOLE is located in a private mansion just a stone’s throw from Place Vendome, the historic center of French high jewelery for more than a century.
The second school opened in Hong Kong in autumn 2019, in West Kowloon, right in the heart of the Design District, in an airy, light-filled space designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.
In 2023, L’ÉCOLE will expand its presence in Asia by opening a third permanent campus in Shanghai, a culturally vibrant place and a popular destination for lovers of contemporary art.
In addition, since its inception, L’ÉCOLE has planned two- to three-week trips to the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. Therefore, L’ÉCOLE School of Jewelry Arts is committed to promoting and promoting jewelry culture on an international scale.