High praise has come in from the jury for the creative excellence displayed at the Emaar International Art Symposium, which concluded on January 28 with a gala dinner and prize distribution ceremony. The panel of judges observed that the sculptures and paintings created at the fortnight-long fine arts event “set new benchmarks in creativity.”
Organised by Emaar Properties to coincide with the recent Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), the Emaar International Art Symposium featured 61 artists including 39 sculptors and 22 painters.
A much-awaited event in the fine arts calendar of events of DSF, the Symposium evoked huge public response as it served as a forum for interaction between the artists and art-lovers in the region. Due to the outstanding standards of creativity, the jury picked six sculptors and four painters as winners as against three from each category.
The winners are: Sculpting – Dorsten Diekman (Germany), Joe Kley (Germany), Colin Foster (Britain), Jumber Jikia (Georgia), Mustafa Ali (Syria), Alfonso Banchi (Brazil); Painting – Safwan Dahoul (Syria), George Gugushvili (Georgia), Fatma Al Haj (Lebanon) and Maher Baroudi (France).
Mr Ahmad Al Matrooshi, UAE Managing Director, Emaar Properties; Mr Saeed Al Naboudah, CEO, Dubai Shopping Festival; Mr Abdul Redha Ali Bin Redha, CEO, Global Village; and Mr Boutros Boutros, Senior Vice President, Media Relations, Sponsorships & Events at Emirates Airline distributed the prizes at the gala dinner held at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club.
Mr Al Matrooshi said: “With the Emaar International Art Symposium, we celebrate the power of creativity. Every impressive structure that Emaar has created, and continues to create, is born from creative minds. The support showed by the public to the event is testimony to the power of the idea.
He added: “We will continue to extend our patronage to fine arts and artists, because we believe that central to any city’s character is its cultural and artistic heritage.”
Announcing the winners the jury, comprising Ali Youssef Khadra, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Mixed Media Publishing; renowned artist Katya Assouad Traboulsi; William Lawres from Christies; and Obai Hattoum and Ayoub, members of the Emaar International Art Symposium organizing committee, said: “The creative standards on display by these sculptors and painters are indeed world-class. These works of art push accepted frontiers, and deliver a new, vibrant artistic experience that is unparalleled.”
Emirates Airline was the official carrier and title sponsor of Emaar International Art Symposium.
The sculptures created at the event will be displayed at Emaar communities soon.
Emaar Properties, established in 1997, is a global property developer with significant presence in 14 countries. Listed on the Dubai Financial Market and part of the Dow Jones Arabia Titans Index, Emaar has diversified into education, healthcare, retail, hospitality and finance as part of its Vision 2010 to become one of the most valuable companies in the world.
Certified to ISO9001:2000 for quality standards, Emaar has handed over more than 14,500 homes in Dubai and is developing Burj Dubai, on its way to become the world’s tallest tower, and The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination. In Saudi Arabia, Emaar is developing King Abdullah Economic City, the Kingdom’s largest private sector project.
Emaar holds 30 per cent equity in Dubai Bank, focused on retail and commercial banking. Emaar is also the largest shareholder in Amlak Finance, UAE's leading Islamic home financing company.