Competition: art for National Day

It’s always good to give something back: Swiss Art Gate UAE is running a National Day art competition in collaboration Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi that benefits the Wanna Read? initiative.

The winner gets displayed at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers during the UAE’s 46th National Day celebrations (1-15 December), with a print of the artwork on show at the Swiss Tower JLT in Dubai as well. More prints will be offered as a limited edition on Swiss Art Gate UAE’s online art shop at AED 2,200 apiece, the original artwork will be auctioned with a starting reserve of AED 5,000, and Wanna Read? gets 10 percent of all sales.

As well as the exposure, the winner gets two room nights for one person at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, definitely one of Abu Dhabi’s finest hotels. There also seems to be a percentage of sales on offer to the winner, though the number isn’t spelled out in the contractual agreement.

The competition aims to commemorate the UAE National Day “in a creative and artistic manner” and to “celebrate, reflect, and appreciate the achievements of the UAE”. Which means you don’t absolutely have to include falcons, sand dunes, camels and/or Sheikh Zayed, but don’t let that stop you.

The competition is open to any professional artist over the age of 20 – so not just nationals or residents. There are restrictions on the medium; it has to be oil, acrylic, watercolour, pencil, ink, chalk, pastel, collage, mixed media (but presumably not 3D) or photography. The size of the original artwork is also specified, too, presumably to ensure that a suitable print can be taken – the work should be 150 cm wide by 100 cm high. You can only submit one work.

The deadline for submission of is 16 October 2017. More details and the registration form are here.

Wanna Read? is well worth supporting, incidentally. Established in 2013 and led by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, it’s a non-profit organisation that aims to help children in hospital by providing books and reading support.

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