Waterfront Market – Deira announces the Panel of Judges for its Second Murals and Art Competition

Waterfront Market – Deira announces the Panel of Judges for its Second Murals and Art Competition in Collaboration with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.

The Waterfront Market Deira, the ultimate destination for quality, freshness, value and fun and in collaboration with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts, heritage, and literature, announced today its jury panel. The panel will shortlist the local talent’s colourful creations during this year’s Murals and Art competition. Aiming to inspire and work with budding artists throughout the region, both organisations are delighted to announce the arrival of the second Murals and Art competition, building on the success of last year’s contest. Following a theme that very much ties in with the country’s vision for 2020, Dubai’s largest integrated quality fresh food destination will be encouraging entrants to craft unique masterpieces associated with the Year of Tolerance.


The panel of judges include Khalil Abdulwahid Hassan, Director of Fine Arts Department at Dubai Culture; Maitha Al-Marri, one of the UAE’s top visual artists; and Lachlan Gyde, Executive Director for Retail, Residential, & Commercial at Ithra Dubai, the manager of the Waterfront Market. Chosen for their passion for supporting and growing the local art scene, the panel of judges will individually rate all submissions in relation to the criteria set by both entities.


Maitha Almarri, a graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the college of Visual Arts and Creative Enterprises in Zayed University, specializes in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography and installation. She has previously participated in several art competitions and is known for winning the People’s Choice Award in the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award 2016. This is her second time being a part of the Jury panel for this competition.


Meanwhile Lachlan Gyde, with nearly 30 years of property experience across Asia Pacific, including China, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore, has developed several iconic retail landmarks. Having been a member of the jury for last year’s competition, Lachlan is back again to offer his artistic eye to the competition.


Finally, Khalil Abdulwahid Hassan holds an Associate Degree in Computer Aided Drafting & Design from the Pennsylvania College of Technology-USA. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Emirates Fine Arts Society from 2009 to 2010, Khalil also curated the 30th Emirates Fine Arts Society Annual Exhibition at the Sharjah Art Museum, while working as an active member on the Advisory Board of the Department of Visual Communication at the American University of Dubai, and serving as a panelist on the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award 2012. Khalil is also the winner of the Suad Al-Sabah Awards at the Kuwait Gulf Exhibition in 2010; International Young Visual Arts Entrepreneur (IYVAE) 2008; the distinguished prize at the Sharjah International Biennial in 1997; GCC Youth Exhibition – Qatar in 1995; Golden Palm Leaf GCC Exhibition – Kuwait in 1994; Jury Prize at the CF Abu Dhabi in 1994; First Prize in the Youth Art Exhibition – Dubai in 1993; GCC Youth Exhibition – Kuwait in 1992; GCC Youth Exhibition– Saudi Arabia in 1991: and was part of the judging committee for the  3rd Sharjah International Biennial for Children’s Arts 2012; Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) Design Competition; the Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Award for Child Creativity, sheikha manal young artist award 2012; and the Member’s Exhibition for the Dubai International Art Centre.


Once registration has closed on 17 October, the elite jury will shortlist five candidates and select one winner for each of the two categories; sculpture and mural, who will be announced to the public on 1 November. From there, the live wall painting will begin on 3rd November giving shoppers and tourists visiting the Waterfront Market a chance to witness the winning mural in progress.


Offering two creative masterminds the chance to win and showcase their work to the world; this year, the dual winners will also be rewarded with 15,000AED each, a whopping 30,000AED in total that has generously been presented by The Waterfront Market.


The deadline for submission is on 17th October 2019. 


Waterfront Market is located at the intersection of Al Khaleej Road and Abu Hail Streets in Deira. To submit a piece of work for the competition, applicants can visit: www.waterfrontmarket.ae

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