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Emirates News Agency – Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed visits national identity in visual arts exhibition

Emirates News Agency – Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed visits national identity in visual arts exhibition

ABU DHABI, 28th February, 2023 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office Visited the National Visual Arts Identity Program exhibition organized by Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK).

The exhibition, which will take place at Manarat Al Saadiyat through March 8, is the culmination of ADEK’s first-ever national visual arts programme, featuring more than 500 unique and diverse artworks created by Emirati students.

The program aims to provide Emirati national students in private and charter schools in the emirate with a creative learning environment and artistic skills to explore and express their reflections on national identity, heritage, culture and values.

His Highness met with the students, who explained the inspiration behind their artwork and how the project fostered their understanding, perspective and appreciation of Emirati traditions, culture and heritage.

Sheikh Khalid was accompanied by Sara Awad Isa Musallam, Minister of State for Early Education, Chairman of the Federal Early Childhood Authority and Chairman of ADEK; Saif Saeed Ghobash, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

As part of ADEK’s wider national identity programme, the National Identity in Visual Arts program was launched earlier this year when 32 art teachers participated in a presentation by Emirati artists Mohamed Al Astad, Najat Makki and Wafa Al Hosani, among others A two-day training course. The training sessions provide a platform to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and develop teaching tools for a variety of artistic techniques, including drawing, coloring, sculpting, engraving, collage and collage – a method of cutting, ripping out or otherwise removing original The process of image fragmentation.

Commenting on the initiative, Sara Awadh Musallam said: “Cultivating a sense of national identity is the cornerstone of preparing the next generation of Emirati citizens who are proud of their express this pride through a variety of mediums. Through this program, we aim to provide opportunities for students to explore, celebrate and express their cultural roots and national pride. We want to empower all students to express the arts and empower our young creatives Talent able to realize their artistic potential while advocating what it means to be Emirati.”

Following the training sessions, teachers worked closely with more than 1,000 students, creating 890 individual and collective works. The resulting exhibition showcases 503 works of art, addressing three core themes integral to the UAE’s rich cultural heritage: ‘History and Heritage’ highlights elements of archaeology, architecture, craftsmanship and urban landscape; ‘Nature’ explores elements of the desert , the importance of agriculture and the sea in the daily lives of Emiratis; and ‘Fashion’ highlights the importance of traditional fabrics, jewelry and accessories in Emirati culture.

“We are incredibly proud of our students’ newfound creativity and their appreciation for their roots, customs and sense of place,” added Musallam. “We are grateful to the Emirati artists and teachers who have contributed to this platform, which will inspire the next generation of Emirati citizens to embrace their culture and express their national pride in creative and meaningful ways.”

The National Identity in Visual Arts exhibition is open to the public at Gallery S, Manarat Al Saadiyat, from 10:00 to 20:00 daily until 8 March.

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