Funun Arts and Youth Creative Minds organized the annual student art show at De Montfort University in Dubai, UAE.
Twenty-six self-taught Bangladeshi artists participated under the mentorship of Mahfuzur Rahman, the Art Ambassador of Bangladesh for Funun arts.
This inaugural ASAS featured the work of 320 student painters representing 60 countries and guided by 24 mentors. His Excellency Sheikh Suhail Al Zarooni, a famous a businessman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an Emirati Collector and Guinness World Record holder, and eminent emarati artist Ahmad Al Awadhi Rukni inaugurated the event.
In addition to being one of the 24 mentors, Mahfuzur Rahman is the founder of the organization known as "Mahfuz Canvas."
On the international stage, he was the representative for twenty-six Bangladeshi artists.
The first day of the ASAS was reserved solely for jury members, who examined all submissions and chose the winners. Ahmed Hylouz, Ahmad Al Awadhi, Samar Kamel, and Shiba Khan comprised the jury of four.
Due to the sheer volume of submissions, the jury chose to take a full day to deliberate. One of the jury members, Al Awadhi, expressed his amazement at the event's grandeur and scale. "The youngsters' ingenuity, skill, and methods never cease to astound me," he remarked. They consistently produce creative works of art. ASAS was an experience that made me proud of their talent as well as their social consciousness and responsibility."
The opening of ASAS was by the youngest of the group, Maryam Sarfraz Khan and Mohd Azaan Mehtab Khan of ages five and six respectively. The Quran recitation was done by Khan. One of the parents said: “The youngest were the most confident as they had no inhibitions, and this is what Funun Arts wanted to show us, parents, too. We can provide a stable foundation on which our kids can step on and walk confidently and this should start from a young age."
Khan Ayaan Abdulla hosted the event along with motivational speaker and coach, Bassam Nader and Shiba Khan.
The inaugural event was graced by the presence of many eminent personalities including Ahmed Hylouz, artist and member of the Fine art society, Sharjah. Dr Vidhya Vinod, CEO and president of Study World Education Holding, professor Narayanan Ramachandran, chief academic advisor of Study World Education Holding Group, professor Michael Gallimore, head of campus, De Montfort University Dubai, Mengbi Wang, managing director of Leyong Group), Justin McCauly, principal, North American International School, Dubai, Ahmed Rukni, pioneer artist, Mr. Fahd Kahlaoui, vice principal, ISCS, Sharjah, Sandy Saksena, motivational speaker and financial advisor, Nada Al Barazi, artist, Juhi Yasmeen Khan, founder and MD of JYK Community Services, Samar Kamel, artist and curator, Reema Mahajan, CEO of IWD, Safiya Bari, founder of SNF Center, Mehnaz Bari, MD, SNF Center and Tanya Ashraf, celebrity fashion designer.
Wang lauded Funun Arts for this remarkable achievement and said that this is one of the most inspiring art events that Dubai has witnessed. Hylouz expressed his immense joy in witnessing so many young talents and said that the future of art in the UAE is in able hands with so many talented people and great opportunities like ASAS to shape them.
Gallimore said that the vision of the university is to shape the younger generation to build a better world, and organising ASAS along with Funun Arts gave it a new dimension by blending art and knowledge. “This event not only feeds children’s intellect. It also enriches their creative thoughts which provides a solid foundation in all areas of growth,” he said.
Source: Khaleej times
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