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December 04, 2020

Published in Eye of Riyadh

Dubai Online Art Gallery Artezaar has brought together local artists for a unique virtual exhibition that aims to shed light on environmental sustainability.  Curated by Diyali Sen Bhalla, the "Earth" themed exhibition comprises 33 stunning mixed media and sustainable artworks created by 25 UAE based artists of 10 different nationalities, in addition to six children's paintings that celebrated their love for "Mother Earth", demonstrating that age is no barrier to creativity.  

The artworks were first displayed at the 10th edition of DIFC Art Nights on 17th and 18th November 2020, where visitors were offered the opportunity to learn about environmental issues and how to live more sustainably from Unite for Planet, a community of environmentalists, along with their partners: AzraqDGradeGreenFootprint and Plastic Free UAE.

The exhibition was opened by Mr. Khalil Abdulwahid Hassan, Director of Fine Arts Department, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Mr. Saleh Al Akrabi, CEO of DIFC Properties and Mr. Faisal Abdulqader, a well-known Emirati artist. 

The artists used all types of materials for their paintings - from leaves, flowers, t-shirts, denims, sticks, plastic, cartons, broken mirrors - to create sustainable artworks, portraying their emotions and feelings towards Planet Earth. Unite for Planet partners Azraq exhibited a unique lamp representing a jelly fish created by Mariska Nell using plastic cutlery that was collected through Azraq’s useless utensils campaign, while DGrade showcased how plastic bottles can be recycled into clothing, including face masks. Visitors also got the chance to pledge to live more eco-friendly lives by upcycling a scrap sofa, while an old carton box was used as a live graffiti banner for GreenFootprint’s message of saying no to plastic bags. 

 “The DIFC Art Nights is an exciting occasion and a place to be, with so much art to see, live activities and entertainment going on. For the first time, it was hosted for two days and both nights were packed with art lovers. This goes to show how much the community here values and appreciates art and wants to be a part of it. I would like to thank Artezaar and the artists for working together on bringing these creations, and DIFC for providing this important platform for Dubai's art scene”, added Khalil Abdulwahid.

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