‘Grandest’ Filipino art competition, exhibit in UAE: Submission deadline extended

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Philippine Ambassador to UAE Alfonso Ferdinand Ver at the FilArts Guild in the Emirates exhibit at Kalayaan 2023 in Dubai. JONATHAN YBERA/EXPAT MEDIA

The “grandest Filipino art exhibit” and competition in the UAE will be back in June as part of the Kalayaan 2024 celebration at the Dubai World Trade Centre, with organizers extending the deadline to join the art competition.

On June 9, a total 25 exceptional artworks will be selected to be part of the exhibit at the Dubai World Trade Centre during the Kalayaan 2024 Philippine Independence Day celebration and to commemorate the 50th year of diplomatic relations between the UAE and the Philippines.

Artists who want to join the art exhibit can send their application via forms.gle/Zx9vEDvvhgDeXpYv5

In collaboration with Kalayaan 2024, Infinite Communities and Emirates Loves Philippines, FilArts Guild in the Emirates is inviting Filipino artists to unleash their creativity and share their unique perspectives on the lives of Overseas Filipino Workers in the UAE and the enduring relationship between the UAE and the Philippines.

“Through their artwork, the aim is to transcend our shared dreams and illustrate how the UAE has transformed the lives of Filipinos. Artists will have the chance to be part of a historic celebration and showcase the rich culture and vibrant spirit of the Filipino community in the UAE. A chance to let art tell their story of resilience, hope, and cultural exchange,” according to FilArts Guild in the Emirates in an email sent to Expat Media.

Art competition deadline extended

According to FilArts Guild in the Emirates, the deadline to submit an entry to the art competition will be at 11:59pm on May 26. The competition is open to all Filipinos who are residents of the UAE and are at least 18 years old. Art submissions must reflect the theme “Shaping Tomorrow: 50 Years of Shared Stories” and must be done in any medium except sculpture, digital and photography, with a canvas size of 60cm in width and 90cm in height. Interested applicants can fill in the online form forms.gle/Zx9vEDvvhgDeXpYv5 or contact +971563556909 for more details.

The visual arts competition and exhibition will be judged by Inifinite Communities founder and CEO Elena Cruz, Dubai-based fashion designer Harvey Cenit, design director and photographer Donell Gumiran, Artpoint Dubai co-founder Bernadette Eslais, co-founder of Artpoint Dubai, and Dr. Mary Jane Alvero – Al Mahdi, Group CEO of Prime Group Global and Geoscience Testing Laboratory.

Aside from the art exhibition, other activities on June 9 will include live digital caricature, acrylic painting workshop, live scribble art – portraits, live charcoal or graphite portraits, face painting and calligraphy. ICA/Expat Media

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