In the presence of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Maraya Art Centre opened ‘A Burgeoning Collection’ exhibition on Wednesday evening, September 16.
‘A Burgeoning Collection’ includes works from some thirty local and regional artists and designers, commissioned for Maraya Art Centre alongside other works for 1971 – Design Space at Flag Island in Sharjah.
Following the exhibition’s opening, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi toured the exhibition halls in the presence of Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sheikh Sultan bin Sooud Al Qasimi, Founder and Chairman of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sheikha Nawar bint Ahmed Al Qasimi, PR and Corporate Communications Officer at Sharjah Art Foundation, Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Chief Operating Officer at (Shurooq), Amani Al Ali, Director of the Executive Office of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, and Giuseppe Moscatello, Director of Maraya Art Centre.
Sheikha Bodour met a number of participating artists and was impressed with the various artistic works, which reflect the thriving art scene in the UAE and demonstrate the country’s growing position as a leading regional centre for art and creativity.
Maraya Art Centre’s exhibition ‘A Burgeoning Collection’ will showcase a selection of the works created to date for the centre – including new acquisitions and a range of media, from photography to sculpture, and works commissioned for Maraya Art Centre and 1971 – Design Space. Going forward, Maraya plans to loan out works from its collections to other galleries and institutions with the aim of further developing the arts and culture scene within the region.
Along with the commissioned artwork on display, ‘A Burgeoning Collection’ will also feature works from the Maraya artist in residence Zeinab Al Hashemi, as well as pieces from the Maraya video archive.
The purpose of the exhibition is to celebrate the rich and diverse work produced by thirty artists and designers, all of whom are Emirati, UAE-based or from the wider Gulf area, and many of whom Maraya has supported throughout the early stages of their careers.