Workshops and panels announced for Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives

The theme is titled Crafting the Emirates State of Mind: Creation, Innovation and Joy.

Have you had an opportunity to explore the stunning Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat?

The landmark exhibit showcases the innovation, creativity and collaboration that mark the development of the nation’s art community and landscape during the first 50 years of the UAE.

And should you find that interesting, you will be delighted to know, exhibition organisers, Abu Dhabi Festival, is hosting 12 panels and live and online workshops in tandem with the exhibit.

Held under the theme ‘Crafting the Emirates State of Mind: Creation, Innovation and Joy’, highlights include workshops with Khalid Mezeina who addresses the power of adornment and communication beyond conventional words and language; two talks with Ahmed Youssef and a take with Emirati visual artist and calligrapher Mohammed Mendi and other Arabic calligraphers.

Her Excellency Huda Ibrahim Alkhamis, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, Founder and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival, said: “Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives embodies our belief that creativity and innovation are the UAE’s greatest strengths, as they both inspire and empower future generations.

“Abu Dhabi Festival is held under the theme Crafting the Emirates State of Mind: Creation, Innovation & Joy, and we are proud to bring the nation’s leaders in culture and the arts together to discuss the development of the UAE’s rich art ecosystem.

“The talks series in conjunction with this unique exhibition reflects our commitment to supporting the growth of visual art in the UAE and the talented artists who drive its continued progress.

“It is with great pleasure that we present audiences with the opportunity to experience the exhibition through workshops and stories told by the artists behind the work.”

Abu Dhabi Festival 2022 encompasses more than 1,000 participating artists from around the world to present more than 300 live and digital events.

The 19th edition will include two world tours and 17 world premieres.

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