ABU DHABI, 16th May, 2018 (WAM) — The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi, and the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, ADEK, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education has organised the 5th Abu Dhabi Schools Arts Exhibition to showcase the works of the Talent Development Programme in Visual and Performance Arts, at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi from 14th to 25th May, 2018.
The joint exhibition highlights creativity and artistic innovation among emerging talent in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra Regions while providing inspirational models for gifted students.
The exhibition is the latest addition to the “Talent Development Programme,” launched by H.H. Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi. It aims to discover emerging talent in visual and performing arts and achieve common goals to develop the artistic landscape of Abu Dhabi.
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, stated, “It is part of our mission at DCT Abu Dhabi to promote art as a vital instrument for expression and personal growth among younger generations by working closely with other organisations, and we are delighted to collaborate again with the Department of Education and Knowledge to support talented students. Through this collaboration, we are able to provide a professional platform that showcases different art and creative projects, demonstrating the inspirational thoughts and cherished values of the UAE’s late founding father, as well as the emirate’s rich cultural heritage.”
Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of ADEK, stressed the importance of discovering, nurturing, developing and highlighting student talent, adding that a child by its very nature possesses potential, however, this can be forgotten if not nurtured.
In line with the Year of Zayed, students took inspiration from the life, values and vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in creating their artworks. They were also inspired by elements of Abu Dhabi’s cultural heritage, from the historic sites of Al Ain Palace Museum, Qasr Al Muwaiji and Al Jahili Fort, to the exhibition “Hajj: Memories of a Journey,” which was held at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre.
The ADEK Students Showcase also features a section dedicated to the artworks created by students enrolled in the “Talent Development Programme,” an initiative launched by H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
This is the third year that the Student Showcase has been co-curated by Zayed University Professor Walter Willems and artist Camilla Singh.
The exhibition will be open daily at Manarat Al Saadiyat until 9th June, 2018, from 10:00 to 20:00.