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Ceremony recognises the achievements of ADMAF’s 2014 – 2015 students and announces the winner of the 2015 TOTAL-Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award

L_R_Hatem Nuseibeh, H E Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, H E Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, H E Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Dr Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh 25th Nov 2015

Emirati students graduate from Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation’s 9th ‘Young Media Leaders’ programme

Yesterday, the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) held its annual Young Media Leaders graduation ceremony, which recognises the achievements of talented young Emirati students who have completed ADMAF’s year-long programme of media training. Hosted by the Patron of ADMAF, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development, the 9th annual ceremony saw a total 18 Emirati students graduate, all of whom hope to become the media leaders of tomorrow.

Launched in 2007, ADMAF’s Young Media Leaders seeks to nurture the knowledge and skills of high achieving Emirati students from various educational institutions across the UAE. Offering a  professional development programme of study visits and workshops throughout the 2014/15 academic year, experts from the national, regional and international media industry trained participants in news reporting, TV presenting, interviewing techniques, photojournalism, blogging and social media, among other subjects. 

Present at the graduation H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, said: “I am proud to see the ninth cohort of Young Media Leaders graduate today. Over the last year, they have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to developing their skills, their knowledge and their ambition to pursue careers in the UAE’s media industry. The legacy of Young Media Leaders is evidence enough of its success. Many of our alumni can be seen, heard and read across the nation’s TV, radio and newspapers; and their numbers are growing year on year.

“ADMAF shall continue to invest in the next generation so that they may tell the stories of this nation in engaging and compelling ways across the manifold channels of today’s media industry. As we say farewell to our latest graduates and assist them in securing employment in this sector, we also welcome the next group of students to the 2015/2016 Young Media Leaders programme, our largest cohort yet.”

While celebrating the achievements of the 2014 – 2015 Young Media Leaders, ADMAF also welcomed Emirati students to the 2015 – 2016 edition, which this year includes 23 students from universities including United Arab Emirates University, University of Sharjah, Higher Colleges of Technology and Zayed University. The curriculum for the 10th edition includes sessions on mobile journalism, radio production and broadcasting, with visits to studios including Sky News Arabia and ARN.

Also honoured at the ceremony was Shamsa Al Dhaheri, the winner of this year’s 2015 TOTAL-Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award. Ms Shamsa, a student of New York University Abu Dhabi, was presented with the award for a photographic series that carries the theme of female empowerment within the context of the veil.

Commenting upon her artwork, Shamsa Al Dhaheri said: “I remove the human from the veil and solely focus on the fabric, and by doing that you can already see the meaning change drastically when there is no body attached to the fabric. I want to make audiences think about how different they see the veil now that there is no human attached to it.” 

H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo added “Through the TOTAL-Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award, ADMAF aims to inspire a new era of artistic excellence - a generation that is capable of presenting innovative forms of contemporary cultural expression. ADMAF is fully committed to the development of the UAE’s visual arts and this year’s winning work reflects the outstanding creative promise of tomorrow’s citizens.”

The 2015 TOTAL-Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Award offers a prize of 10,000AED for an Emirati emerging artist or undergraduate student who demonstrates outstanding creativity in an original artwork inspired by the Abu Dhabi Festival 2015 exhibition, ‘View From Inside Contemporary Arab Photography, Video & Mixed Media Art’. Runners up included Ayesha Al Mheiri from Zayed University for her sculpture Inside the Lace Tissue Box, and Shamma Al Bastaki from NYUAD for her painting, A Poet Who Writes With a Knife.