Monday, January 27, 2014 Her Excellency Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment & Development Authority – Shurooq, Deputy Chairperson of Sharjah Ladies Club (SLC) inaugurated the “Women & Art” exhibition, on Monday morning 27th January 2014 at the Sharjah Art Museum. The exhibition is organized by SLC under the theme “Interpreting Peace”, participated by 24 Arab and foreign artists.
The opening was attended by Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of Supreme Council for Family Affairs, and Director of Sharjah Humanitarian Services (SCHS), along with Sheikha Aisha bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Advisor Committee of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Noura Al Noman, Director General of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Executive Office. Khawla Al Serkal, SLC Director, Salha Ghabesh Cultural Activist and Advisor to the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and other heads and managers of Sharjah governments.
Her Excellency observed the wings of the participating artists that have brought their work from all over the world and they have introduced their work and the story behind their artworks, and how the theme interpreting peace motivated them to form such artworks.
Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi expressed her gratitude on the ongoing success of the exhibition year after year, where it became one of the most awaited and important events held in Sharjah Emirate. Due to the diversity of styles participated and the diverse in the nationalities of artists, as well as choosing different themes each year to highlight and focus on the works displayed.
H.E. assured that choosing the “Interpreting Peace” theme for this year, comes in line with the Arab and Islamic identity which has been consistently advocating peace with others. Pointing out that the exhibition supports Sharjah’s culture and reflects the UAE’s interest in Women and providing their needs and support talents.
She added: “I hope this exhibition is an opportunity for cultural and knowledge exchange between the artists and a new introduction to the community. This contributes enhance the role of women in the arts field and encourage them to develop talents and advantages to their capabilities.”
The exhibition is sponsored by Etisalat (Main sponsor), Bee’ah (Support Sponsor) and participated by 24 artists from the UAE, Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, France, India, Iran, Italia, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, Dominican Republic, Turkey, USA, and other. Aside from the exhibition, workshops will be held as well as for the Closing ceremony organized for the media partners in February.
Regarding the ceremony, Khawla al Serkal, SLC Director, said “Sharjah Ladies Club organizing this event reflects our believe in the importance of art and its message sent across the society. We are always keen in supporting women’s art movement, supplying them with the creativity and contribution in enhancing the role of women in the society.
She added, “We tried to join all cultures under one roof and we wanted to have direct contact with the artists to interact with each other and this is a chance that we capitalize on. Especially that some of the artists participating in the exhibition have a variety of success and achievements, that’s why we opened this opportunity to learn from experiences. Al Serkal pointed out that the exhibition includes artworks reflecting different definitions of peace, either internally, environmentally, spiritually and not only within the circle of war and struggle”.
Badria Al Ali, Head of Corporate Communication announced that the artists will be available for one week and the exhibition with the artworks will stay for one month at Sharjah Art Museum. Some of the artworks will be on sale for visitors, where there will be a chance for journalists to meet artists highlighting their artistic experience through workshops and panel discussions within the schedule set for the exhibition. As well as for the Closing ceremony organized for the media partners on February.