The evening started with a speech delivered by Souad Saleem, Media & Marketing Manager at SLC, who praised Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Sharjah Ladies Club, for her constant support of the International W&A exhibition. This reflects her unlimited interest and support to women’s subjects and her encouragement to all women activities, whether on a regional or global level.
Khawla Al Serkal – SLC Director presented her speech on this occasion and thanked all participating artists, whom their participation this year influenced through their outstanding art works and new ideas presented through their art pieces.
Al Serkal also thanked all who contributed to the success of the exhibition from the judging committee, Sharjah Museums Department for holding the exhibition. In addition to all sponsors who have given their full support and especially Etisalat (Main Sponsor) of the W&A 2014 in its 5th session.
Concluding her speech, al Serkal wished to the continuation and success in the upcoming W&A sessions and other events organized by the club.
The ceremony included a live light painting which reflected the spirit of this year’s event and that is “Interpreting Peace” dazzled the audience taking them in a fantasia atmosphere.
In conclusion, Artist Nune Tumanyan from Armenia was awarded with the “Best Artwork Reflective of Peace” Award. And participating artists, sponsors, supporters and the media were awarded with trophies and certificates.
It is noteworthy that all participating artists will leave the country on Monday morning back to their countries carrying memories of the most outstanding 5th Women & Art 2014 event. Many of them commended this year’s event and SLC’s organizing, and hoped to participate in the coming years. The artists also admired Sharjah Emirate and its tourist areas which still preserve its creative original character.
Artists spent a week in Sharjah through which they were introduced to most important attractions visiting several museums such as Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah Archaeology Museum, and the Heart of Sharjah. The artists also enjoyed a desert safari trip taken on a dune drive, as well as a sightseeing tour which included local markets, Al Majaz waterfront, and a trip to the Dubai Mall along with a tour at the Burj Khalifa.
“Through this event we were able to know more about Sharjah Emirate through its rich cultural and heritage side, as well as its evolution. I thank all those involved in organizing this event from their efforts which reflects the proper organization and planning. I hope that there will be more opportunities for more visits in the future, especially that this event gave us the chance to be introduced to various cultures by bringing artists from all over the world in one place”, said artists Zainab Mohammed Ali from Egypt.
She added: “all the art woks displayed in the exhibition were special and I am pleased to be amongst those elite artists who were able to express themselves in an imaginative way. I was able to meet them personally and form friendships taking it back as a special souvenir from this experience”.
The event also included a panel discussion with Artist Mattar bin Lahej, Artist & Calligrapher Khalifa Al Shimy, and Artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz which reflected the role of art with the concept of peace. Moreover to organizing a number of workshops conducted by the artists with the participation of Girls Centers.
It is worthy to mention that the Women & Art 2014 “Interpreting Peace” participated by 24 artists from 22 countries, and will continue to 28th February 2014 at the Sharjah Art Museum. Exhibiting the art pieces for sale to the public.