The judges for Aldar Properties’ National Day Calligraphy Competition have shortlisted ten designs for the final stage of the contest.
Each of the artists has been given AED 10,000 and will recreate their designs live in a purpose-built installation at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall between 3 and 13 November. Winners will be announced on 14 November, with prizes of AED 100,000 for the first place and AED 50,000 for second.
The ten on the shortlist were chosen from over 290 entries. Submissions were received from all age groups – “teenagers to retirees” – indicating the role that calligraphy continues to play in the UAE’s artistic and cultural landscape.
The calligraphic art pieces will be judged based on artistic hand lettering, effective use of colour and design, and creative interpretation of a poem commissioned by the property developer from poet Hassan Al Obaidly in collaboration with composer Moussa Mohammed and singer Aida Al Menhali.