Admaf hosts lecture series with top artist
Abu Dhabi, February 15, 2012
Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (Admaf), a leader in cultural education, recently hosted a series of unique artistic experiences for students this month, including a lecture series with world renowned artist, Christo.
Christo returned to Abu Dhabi for a series of lectures at universities across the Emirate.
In this powerful lecture and audience exchange, Christo brought to life his previous projects through engaging descriptions and amazing visuals from his personal archive. He also discussed two works in progress, Over the River and The Mastaba.
“My relationship with Abu Dhabi began during my first visit to the Emirate in 1979,” said Christo “I am delighted to work alongside Admaf on this project and I will continue to revisit the capital for its people, culture and the opportunity it provides me to inspire students of art.”
Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, founder of Admaf, said: “For years, Christo has created monumental works around the world that promote shared experiences for audiences of all ages and nationalities whilst challenging and questioning people’s notion of art.”
“We are honored to host this tremendous visionary who continues to support Abu Dhabi’s art and culture programs. Our friendship with Christo further advances the vision of Admaf, which seeks to nurture the arts, education, culture and creativity for the benefit of society and the advancement of Abu Dhabi’s cultural vision.”
Together with his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, Christo created some of the most ambitious, impressive and beautiful large scale works in the history of art. Often several decades in the making, these works present audiences with a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience something truly extraordinary.
February also saw the completion of the Wednesday Wonders workshops organized by Admaf and START.
For four weeks, students took part in a pottery design workshop, where they learned how to bind clay and paint their creations.
Following this, students learned print design, by decorating paper with colorful shapes dipped in paint. They also exhibited their creations to parents and teachers at the Talents and Creativity Center, Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism & Culture.
“Our goal at Admaf is to foster a culture of creativity and understanding through our relationships with exemplary organizations such as START. Every child has the right to self-expression, to be heard and acknowledged either verbally, in writing or through artistic expression, which is why we strive to provide experiences that enrich the lives of young people with skills they can be proud of,” said Al Khamis Kanoo. – TradeArabia News Service