- Emirates News Agency (WAM))
SHARJAH, 5th October, 2022 (WAM) -- Under the Patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated on Wednesday the activities of the 10th edition of the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial.
Organised by Sharjah Department of Culture, the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial will resume its activities until November 30. The Crown Prince, getting briefed on what the arts showcasing creative and innovative arts.
The Crown Prince toured the exhibitions and listened to details of various paintings, from Quranic verses to poems in different types of calligraphy, done by numerous artists from the UAE and other Arab and Islamic countries.
He visited the personal exhibition of Khaled Al Jallaf, Emirati artist, and was briefed on the displayed works presenting a variant style of the Kufic and Mualla calligraphy style, which showed how far the artist has reached and how much experience he acquired in the arts of Arabic calligraphy.
The Deputy Ruler stopped at the exhibition of honoured artists in the current edition, where he began his tour with the exhibition of Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention. He listened to a full explanation about the valuable manuscripts included in the exhibition, which date back to the eighties of the last century.
He then toured the exhibitions of Hamdi Zayed from Egypt and Sadiq Al-Douri from Iraq, and learned about the displayed paintings, including 13 calligraphic works by Zayed that show his innovation, and 12 by Al-Douri.
Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed honoured several artists who contributed to enriching the Arabic calligraphy scene, including Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Hamdi Zayed, and the calligrapher Sadiq Al Douri. He also honored the winners of this year's edition.
The honouring ceremony began with a speech by Mohammed Ibrahim Al Qaseer, Director of Cultural Affairs at the Department of Culture, Director of the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial. Al Qaseer highlighted the wide range of activities featured in the Biennial, which include exhibitions by 15 artists from the UAE.
The Biennial's activities are taking place across several venues, including the Heart of Sharjah, Sharjah Art Museum, House of Wisdom, University of Sharjah, among others. It includes 200 events and activities and features more than 700 exhbited artworks by 200 artists from around the world.
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