Jawaher Al Qasimi honours winners of 2nd edition of Noon Arts Award

SHARJAH, 10th December, 2018 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of Sharjah Ladies Club, honoured the winners of the second edition of Noon Arts Award.

Organised by Collage Talent Centre at Sharjah Ladies Club, SLC, Noon Arts Award was launched last year to recognise female artists and photographers in the 18-40 years age group residing in the UAE.

The second edition of the competition, themed ‘World of Emotions’, saw a big boost in both the number and quality of participations, compared to the previous edition. Women from 34 nationalities participated this year as opposed to 28 in the first edition. Also, there was a 15 percent increase in Emirati talent participation this year, with 38 percent of the total number of entries submitted by Emirati women.

In the painting category, Hind Khalid Hassan Saleh Hassan swooped the Noon Artist Award for presenting a powerful message about a woman seeking freedom from the shackles of societal judgement based on her appearance, her physicality or race. Her artwork titled “Set Me Free” celebrates the beauty and freedom of the human soul.

Fatima Ghuloum was crowned the Noon Rising Star whose painting titled “Garth Al Baragea” beautifully depicts the heritage and workmanship of the burqa-sewing culture.

In the photography category, artist Mariam Saif Musabeh Al Suwaidi scooped first prize with “Towards a Bright Present and Promising Future” while Nada Aref Eissa won the Noon Rising Star Award for “Buoyant Tranquillity”, picturising the legacy that the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has left behind, which is seen in the transformation of the harsh desert environment into a soulful oasis, which is the UAE today.

Young artist, Amna Ahmed Mohammad Mahmood Albanna who won Noon Artist Award in the Noon Gallery Students category for her artwork titled, “Positive Emotions”. It is a masterful depiction of the impact of negative and positive emotions on human beings, and stresses on the importance of happiness as an essential for a meaningful and fulfilling life.

The runner-up in this category is Wejdan Abdalla Hussain Abdalla Al Hammadi, whose “Zayed’s Wish” comprising some of the UAE’s most stunning architecture, tries to showcase the founding father’s vision of a progressive and futuristic nation built on a strong foundation of social, traditional and cultural values.

The net worth of the awards given out was AED35,000.

Khawla Al Serkal, Director-General of SLC, said, “The Emirate of Sharjah emphasises human beings as the centre of any practical and tangible development. It has always stressed the importance of culture, sciences and arts, as well as investing in the development of intellectual and artistic talents and building generations who are proud of their identity and authentic artistic heritage.”

“We decided to hold this year’s edition of the award under the theme ‘World of Emotions’ to reflect SLC’s dedication to providing young girls and women with a real opportunity to express their true self. At the same time, it showcases our love and gratitude to late Sheikh Zayed, in the ‘Year of Zayed’, as several participants highlighted the founding father’s compassion, mercy, tolerance and wisdom through their artworks,” she added.

The second edition of Noon Arts Award saw a footfall of participants, with 300 girls and women from 34 countries, including the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Algeria, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, India, Yemen, Morocco, Sweden, Canada, Palestine, Pakistan, the UK, Nepal, the Philippines and Australia among other countries.

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