Young Teens Create Mixed Media Artworks Inspired by the
Hajj: Memories of a Journey Exhibition
Workshop explores traditional crafts of the Islamic world and encourages participants to create personalised artworks
Abu Dhabi, 10 December 2017: Drawing inspiration from the artefacts and artworks on display at the Hajj: Memories of a Journey exhibition, an engaging and interactive workshop on 7th December invited young teens to explore traditional crafts of the Islamic world. Held at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Islamic Tiles & Carvings workshop invited participants aged 13 and above to create ornate Islamic artworks, including a decorative tile carved in clay, and a carved printing block designed with personalised geometric motifs.
The diverse programme of workshops accompanying the Hajj: Memories of a Journey exhibition has been designed to engage a broad spectrum of ages – from as young as five years old – from all segments of society with a view to showcasing and fostering the development of the arts. Through the various activities and public programmes, the exhibition aims to transfer expertise and knowledge, emphasising the cultural values that flourished during the various stages of Islamic civilisation. This works in line with the efforts and initiatives of the SZGMC, as it bolsters its position as a global cultural attraction that millions of visitors visit each year from different parts of the world.
On December 10th and 11th, the Maritime Navigation Masterclass will explore the Astrolabe, one of the earliest navigational tools that was crucial for Hajj voyages. Adults aged 18 and above will learn the ancient art of celestial navigation in the manner of sailors from centuries ago, when thousands travelled annually to western Arabia.
The Hajj: Memories of a Journey exhibition celebrates the rich legacy of the spiritual journey of Hajj to the Sacred House of God in Mecca, through the display of more than 182 artefacts on loan from a range of institutions, as well as donations of personal Hajj memorabilia. The exhibition is organised by the SZGMC, on the 10th anniversary of the opening of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. It will remain open to the public until 19th March 2018.
For more information, follow the event via the hashtag #HajjExhibition on Twitter and @szgmc_ae on Instagram. For further details, please visit www.szgmc.ae or call 02 4191919.
ABOUT DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND TOURISM – ABU DHABI
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction, which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The organisation manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. TCA Abu Dhabi supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.
SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE CENTER
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, under the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, is sponsored and monitored by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and was established to be the Center of the cultural and intellectual movement focused around the Mosque. Its vision and mission was created from the cultural and national values preserved and nurtured by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul). These cultural values are still deeply-rooted in the consciousness of the people and are an extension of the national identity inspired by the teachings of the Nation’s religion.