Celebrating community artists, Al Qattara Arts Centre opens Summer Exhibition in Al Ain

Featuring works by Al Qattara students and UAE-based artists

Exhibition will run until 25th September 2018

Abu Dhabi, 26 June 2018: Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), Al Qattara Arts Centre opened its new summer exhibition on 25th June, which showcases work by students of the centre as well as UAE-based artists.

Exploring a wide range of mediums and artistic expressions, the exhibition will display the creative abilities of all aspiring and emerging artists in the UAE and will be open to the public until 25th September 2018.

Showcasing the wealth of national artistic talent, the summer exhibition highlights the nuances of each different artist as they capture their perceptions of community, society and the world. The exhibition feature 23 artworks by 18 artists, including Abu Dhabi-based artist Sadie Sulaiman, Indian artist Sheena M. M, and Filipino visual and conceptual artist Charlie Villagracia.

Malaysian artist Sadie Sulaiman is a self-taught artist who discovered her passion and talent for painting after she moved from her home country to Abu Dhabi in 2007. Her experiments with acrylic, oil, pencil and mixed media have produced a large collection of original paintings, where she gains her inspiration and ideas from critical observations of her natural surroundings, her travels across the globe, everyday life, dreams and Quranic verses.

Originally from the Indian state of Kerala, a city known for its affiliation with art and culture, Sheena M. M currently resides and works in the UAE with her work revolving around depicting tranquility in nature, as well as love and affection in human relationships. She finds her inspiration from her surroundings, and excels in presenting different facets of life in a surrealist approach using oil colours on canvas and sculpture.

Currently working as a Senior Mural Artist in a commercial art painting company, as well as an artist in a certified art gallery in the UAE, Charlie Villagracia uses different media in his works, like pen and ink, oil and, acrylic. He considers himself an expressionist artist who draws inspiration from his surroundings, his own vivid imagination and talent.

Al Qattara Arts Centre opened to the public in 2011 to give the community a platform where everyone could engage in arts and culture in Al Ain. For the past seven years, the centre has been an integral addition to the arts and culture scene in Al Ain, exhibiting a wide range of artistic national and locally-based talent through its ongoing year-long public programme offering exhibitions, activities and arts workshops.

The centre is open daily from 8am – 8pm and closed on Fridays. Entrance is free.

About the 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 that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department 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, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base. http://tcaabudhabi.ae/en

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