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The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation today announced that since launching in November this year, more than 40 Emirati visual artists have registered to take part in The Nationals’ Gallery

The Nationals' Gallery 21st Dec 2010

ADMAF Welcomes the first 40 Local Artists in ‘The Nationals’ Gallery’

The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation today announced that since launching in November this year, more than 40 Emirati visual artists have registered to take part in The Nationals’ Gallery (Riwaq Al Fan Al Emirati), a nationwide initiative dedicated to the growth and development of contemporary artistic expression within the UAE. They join a host of well-established artists throughout the UAE who have already pledged their support of the Gallery including Jalal Luqman, Matar bin Lahej, Karima Al Shomali, Ebtissam Abdel Aziz and Khalil Abdel Wahid.

The Nationals’ Gallery was created to assist in the development of home-grown artistic talent across the UAE.  As it progresses, it will be the first stop for Emirati artists seeking to widen their exposure and for international galleries, dealers and collectors to easily access information about artists from the seven Emirates.

The process for registering with The Nationals’ Gallery is simple yet thorough.  Upon joining the Gallery, each artist receives a one-to-one consultation session with ADMAF to offer them advice, information and contacts within the national, regional and international contemporary arts scenes.

The newly registered artists are then offered the opportunity to showcase examples of their work, and to feature up-to-date biographies, resumes, artist statements and upcoming exhibition details within the Gallery, which is to be hosted on the ADMAF website.  Additionally they are given the chance to access a fund designed to help Emirati arts practitioners who wish to undertake postgraduate studies, independent research, exhibitions or installations.

Through The Nationals’ Gallery, ADMAF aims to create a dedicated resource for local artists that provides access to current and relevant information and empowers them with opportunities to accelerate their careers and enhance their talent.

Mrs Kanoo Al Khamis Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, said: “We have always known that there exists a great pool of creative talent within the UAE, with great visual artists such as Matar bin Lahej and Lamya Gargash receiving international acclaim for their work.  However there are so many other talented local artists out there and it is very exciting to bring them together through The Nationals’ Gallery and to showcase to the world the quality and depth of our home-grown talent.

“In just over a month over 40 artists have joined our new initiative, and the wonderful thing is we know this is just the tip of the iceberg and that there are many more making their way to us.  We will be working individually with each of these artists, providing training and resources where necessary; to ensure these talented Nationals are given the opportunity to reach their full potential and shine.

“We wholeheartedly encourage all Emirati visual artists, whether they are students, emerging or established artist, to register with The Nationals’ Gallery so that we can work together and proudly showcase to the world our artistic excellence.”