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State of the UAE arts sector explored by featured artist Ali Abdan in ‘Pen to Brush: The Journey of a Scholar-Artist’

Ali Al Abdan with Sameh Kaawach 5th Jun 2014

ADMAF and Barjeel Art Foundation in association with Emirates Writers Union host second talk in public ‘In Conversation’ programme as part of the June ‘Sky Over The East’ exhibition

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and the Barjeel Art Foundation, in association with Emirates Writers Union, last night hosted the second talk in the ‘In Conversation’ series, part of the ‘Sky Over The East’ exhibition at Emirates Palace Gallery. The talk, entitled ‘Pen to Brush: The Journey of a Scholar-Artist’ brought together featured artist, Ali Abdan, and Sameh Kaawach from ADMAF to discuss Ali’s relationship with the visual arts, both as an artist and an academic, as they together examined the UAE visual arts movement.

As one of the featured artists in the month-long exhibition which celebrates International Museum Day, the talk also explored how Ali’s own style and approach to art has developed over the years in conjunction with the evolving art landscape of the UAE. The talk also divulged how the UAE art landscape looks set to evolve into the future.

The third and final talk in the ‘In Conversation’ series takes place on June 16 at 7:00pm in Emirates Palace Gallery. Entitled ‘Museum Collections Make Connections’ in association with New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, the talk will seek to explore the role of museums in the 21st century. Places are limited but may be reserved at


Watch the talk on YouTube