A new line-up of programmes will be rolled out by the Cultural Foundation in Al Hosn starting on 4th September to mark the opening of the Abu Dhabi Children’s Library and the 900-seat theatre.
First in line is an exhibition titled Luminescence centred on the works of celebrated Emirati artists Dr. Najat Makki.
The exhibit – running from 4th September to 15th December – will see Dr. Najat’s artworks being displayed throughout the Cultural Foundation’s main hall, ground floor spaces and even on the ceiling of the building’s atrium.
Complementing the exhibit is a series of related public programmes such as workshops, master classes, guided tours, artist talks and curated film screenings.
Likewise, a community exhibition highlighting art pieces created by 19 Emirati artists will pay homage to the Dr. Najat’s contribution in uplifting the local art scene.
The 19 participating artists are: Mohammed Mandi, Abdul Rahim Salim, Dr. Mohamed Yousif, Musa Al Halyan, Abdulrahman Zainal, Obaid Suroor, Mohammed Al Qassab, Ibrahim Al Awadhi, Mona Al Khaja, Khulood Al Jabri, Dr. Karima Al Shomely, Nassim Al Majed, Moaza Abushalibi, Mattar Bin Lahej, Jalal Luqman, Ali Al Abdan, Mohammed Al Astad, Khalil Abdulwahid and Aisha Al Suwaidi.
The Abu Dhabi Children’s Library will host an exhibition dubbed “Step Into A Story” to illustrate the role of pop-up and movable books in literature.
The newest addition to the Cultural Foundation, the Abu Dhabi Children’s Library is designed as a life-size pop-up book with immersive spaces, where the print and digital content of a library and the diverse landscapes of the UAE are brought to life.
The library will also house the Children’s Arts Centre with workshops throughout the month for young artists form the ages of five to 14 to learn skills in painting, drawing, crafting, jewellery design and music.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian artist Sultan bin Fahad will stage his exhibition, The Red Palace, to the Cultural Foundation from 20th January to 1st April 2020.
Guests will see various relics, memorabilia and discarded objects from Saudi’s cultural landmark, The Red Palace, presented in the form of sculptures and installations.
Further serving the community and local art scene, the Cultural Foundation will also launch an art residency programme, public workshops for all ages ranging from sketching, pottery, glass and water-colour painting.
The Bait al Khatt or House of Calligraphy will also open to promote and relive the traditional art of calligraphy.
Reem Fadda, the Cultural Foundation’s director, commented: “As the oldest historical site within our emirate, Al Hosn represents Abu Dhabi’s strong commitment to Emirati heritage, and the Cultural Foundation is a vital component of this mission.
“Since its creation in 1981, the Foundation has served as a key place for artists to learn, collaborate, and create.
“We are thrilled to continue this legacy with a rich offering of unique and immersive arts spaces and a year-round programme of exhibitions, artist residencies and workshops.
“The Cultural Foundation embodies our nation’s multi-faceted approach to cross-cultural learning and offers a new vehicle for artists both from the UAE and abroad to showcase their work.”