An art com­pe­ti­tion by Art4you Gallery Com­mu­nity, with the theme Cul­tural Di­ver­sity, chal­lenged artists in UAE

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What do you think of when some­one asks you about your fam­ily tra­di­tions? Do you pic­ture the food you eat on special oc­ca­sions? Do you imag­ine the cus­tom­ary dances you all per­form? Do you think of the flag you fly proudly to rep­re­sent the coun­try that your fam­ily orig­i­nated from? Do you see sim­ple tra­di­tions like Fri­day game night or the jer­sey you wear on Sun­days when it’s game time?

We’re all different, so let’s cel­e­brate the wealth of cul­ture and di­ver­sity we each bring to the ta­ble, and what we can learn from one an­other. Stu­dents were asked to send in their work, por­trait, still life, ac­tion scene — what­ever their art is, as long as it’s orig­i­nal!

Here the theme: ‘Cul­tural Di­ver­sity’, an art com­pe­ti­tion chal­lenged artists in UAE, by Art4you Gallery Com­mu­nity. The three-month long awaited

art com­pe­ti­tion de­signed by Artist Ac­tivist Jesno Jack­son, finally an­nounced the Award Win­ners on Sept. 22, at 7pm in An­tique Mu­seum, fol­lowed by Art Ex­hi­bi­tion for a week. The of­fi­cial cer­e­mony was opened by Chief Guest Ms.Khu­lood Al Jabri (Emi­rati Ex­pert Fine Artist), Guest of Honour Ahmed Ab­dul­lah Al Zoorey (Emi­rati Fine Art Ex­pert) and Ahmed Rukni Al Awadhi (Emi­rati Artist), judged the event to an­nounce the top five awards.

“Art has the po­ten­tial to change lives. When words are not enough, we turn the images and sym­bols to tell sto­ries. Here Arty Strokes are leav­ing im­pres­sions”, says Rengi from the gallery.

“As the world be­comes a sin­gle global econ­omy peo­ple need not only an un­der­stand­ing of their own cul­ture but also an un­der­stand­ing of the cul­tures of the world. There­fore, the arts must be rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the larger com­mu­nity. The way to bring peo­ple to­gether is through the visual arts .The art­work should pro­vide insight into different cul­tures in the fam­ily of mankind, the cus­toms, cel­e­bra­tion, emo­tion, love, peace and re­spect of any of the different cul­tures of our planet.” Art4you Gallery bought to­gether 16 fi­nal­ists and 25 art­works, which was show­cased in An­tique Mu­seum Gallery Space in Al Quoz, Dubai, with the work ex­pressed from rep­re­sen­ta­tional, ex­pres­sion­ism, sur­re­al­ism, re­al­ism and ab­strac­tion. Here they are en­hanc­ing our un­der­stand­ing and ac­cep­tance of different cul­tures.

There seems to be a lot of tal­ent in UAE and from different parts of the world, all are to­gether to ex­pe­ri­ence different take off on var­i­ous art forms.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be open till Sept. 30 at Emi­rati Art Gallery, An­tique Mu­seum, Dubai.

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