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Lamya Al Shamsi and Hanan Al Kaf - Winners of ADMAF Design Award 24th Nov 2013

Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation gives Design Award to Students for Unique Art Pavilion at this Year’s Abu Dhabi Art

Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) presented Lamya Al Shamsi and Hanan Al Kaf, from the University of Sharjah’s College of Fine Arts & Design, with the inaugural ADMAF Design Award 2013.


H.E. Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF, said: “Beyond our support for Emirati artists, ADMAF – through its design award and a number of other youth initiatives – aims to inspire a new generation of creative minds capable of presenting contemporary art to a wider public. Art requires an audience and it is the designers that act as the glue. By inspiring the country’s future innovators, ADMAF is fully committed to the growth and development of the UAE’s visual arts industry.”


The ADMAF Design Award enables ADMAF to celebrate the creative talent of the UAE youth in both design and science. It also provides a platform from which to showcase this talent and generate awareness and recognition. This year’s applicants were encouraged to draw inspiration from the renowned product and interior designer, Philippe Starck, in order to produce a modern and eye catching booth at the art fair. The winners of the inaugural 2013 edition - Hanan Al Kaf and Lamya Al Shamsi - were hugely successful in fulfilling the brief by creating a contemporary space that displays the works of artists Noor Al Suwaidi, Hamdan Al Shamsi, Dana Al Mazrouei, Farah Al Qasimi, Mohammed Al Messabi, Maryam Al Suweidi and Sarah Ibrahim, as well as ADMAF’s other initiatives in the field of visual arts (exhibitions and discussions, commissions, grants, advice and advocacy).


The ADMAF booth is located in the Art Communities Area at Abu Dhabi Art 2013 from 20 to 23 November at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District.

As an extension, ADMAF will be opening the ‘Generation NEXT’ exhibition with a reception on Thursday, 21 November, at 6pm at Ghaf Gallery, Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi. The exhibition of emerging Emirati contemporary art continues until 4 December. Open daily (except Fridays) 9am – 9pm.