Dubai Bohras Celebrate Environmental Awareness Through Art

The Dawoodi Bohra community of Dubai recently organised a vibrant and inspiring science and art exhibition aimed at promoting the spirit of scientific inquiry and fostering innovative ideas among the youth. The event provided a dynamic platform for young boys and girls from the community to showcase their keen artistic skills and environmental consciousness to an enthusiastic audience.

Held under the theme of Environment Day, the exhibition encouraged students to create artworks that depicted climate change and environmental conservation. More than 30 students participated, presenting original art pieces that highlighted the importance of climate action and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG).

As a mark of appreciation for their exceptional creativity, the top 10 artworks were selected to be showcased at a Dawoodi Bohras Art Exhibition. This provided the young artists with a unique opportunity to exhibit their work alongside veteran community artists and esteemed art personalities. The interaction with seasoned professionals served as a significant source of motivation for the students to pursue art as a medium to promote climate action and sustainable practices in their daily lives.

The event featured three distinguished guests who brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the exhibition:

Peter Farrington, a Canadian artist and environmental specialist residing in the UAE, has over 40 years of experience working with governments in Canada, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE. His expertise in nature conservation, climate change, and environmental awareness, coupled with his internationally exhibited artwork, made his participation particularly impactful. Peter expressed his admiration for the event saying, “It was really magical to see the amount of understanding people have when it comes to environmental issues, thinking about solutions, and the creativity of all the artists; creating very powerful images related to nature.”

Dr. Shaji Panicker, Associate Professor and Research Coordinator at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Dubai campus) specializes in teaching design principles, design philosophies, visual representation techniques, and architectural history and theory. His academic insights provided a valuable perspective on the significance of art in environmental education. Dr. Shaji Panicker echoed Peter’s sentiment, stating, “Amazing response to seeing so many students invested in the whole idea of climate change and environmental concerns, producing these amazing works of art.”

The third esteemed guest, Juliet Makhlouf, is a seasoned artist and has contributed to numerous art exhibitions and held solo exhibitions in the UAE, Syria, and Spain. Her extensive experience in the art world added depth to the discussions and inspired the young artists.

The Dubai Dawoodi Bohras Art Exhibition was a resounding success, highlighting the community’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of thinkers, innovators, and artists dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment. The event not only celebrated artistic talent but also reinforced the importance of environmental stewardship, inspiring all attendees to take meaningful action towards a sustainable future.

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