VP tweets become art at DIAS

Around 26 internationally-acclaimed artists from different parts of the world gathered at the Rashid Centre for the Disabled to take part in the second Dubai International Art Symposium 2015 (DIAS) under the theme “Coloured Tweets” .

The symposium in which 26 artists –16 first-time participants – from 16 countries are taking part, is being organised by the Rashid Centre under the patronage of Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, Acting Chairman of the Centre and Chairman of DIAS, to transform a selection of humanitarian tweets by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Sheikh Juma said while addressing the gathering at the centre after opening the symposium on Tuesday that the humanitarian tweets by His Highness are worthy of being transformed into paintings that are a unique expressive form.

“During the ‘Rashid Cultural Season’ these paintings reflecting the tweets will be published as a book in several languages entitled ‘Glimpses of Mohammed Bin Rashid Humanitarian Tweets’ while some of these will also be auctioned to raise funds for Rashid Centre,” he said.

Ali Al Ameri, Art Director of DIAS, said that the symposium has become a prominent event of UAE’s culture and art scene with the participation of 30 artists from 25 countries.

“Through this symposium, we aim to reaffirm the great importance of cultural dialogue among people through beautiful, enchanting art, more so because the world is now in dire need of dialogue and cooperative coexistence to uphold the values of freedom and justice,” he said.

He further pointed out that the “Coloured Tweets” are a befitting theme of the second edition of the DIAS depicting the correlation between words and colours inspired by the humanitarian tweets of Sheikh Mohammed.

Georges Bachara, board member and strategic partner for DIAS’s second year, said: “The partnership by Zenith Watches toward DIAS for the second year in a row shows a belief in the importance of culture and the arts in deepening human communication and promoting understanding between cultures and peoples,” he added.


Hesham Malik, a prominent artist, also attended a workshop for the children at Rashid Centre and painted a live canvas right alongside them. Twenty paintings by the internationally acclaimed artist  will go under the hammer next month, and the proceeds from the event will go towards the Rashid Centre.               

A member of Dubai’s Ruling family will be the Guest of Honour at this auction cum charity evening.                 

Upping the glam quotient will be Bollywood hunk Hrithik Roshan and veteran star Kabir Bedi. Both stars will play a prominent role during the event where a collection of masterpieces entitled Esparito (Spirit) by the Prague-based Malik will be on display.

The actors and Malik will jointly work on a canvas that will be auctioned off later during the event.

This exclusive event has been organised by a Dubai-based art consultant, curator and collector, Manisha Sugandh, supported by art curator Ayesha Imtiaz, in collaboration with the Rashid Centre.

On the day of the event, Roshan will visit Rashid Centre to attend a press conference along with Malik and other key persons involved in this unique charity event. The actor will interact with the Centre’s children.

Malik’s latest collection, Esparito, is an ode to the ever-evolving spirit of life.

“Every life has a spirit and every spirit has colour within,” said the artist about his inspiration for his latest collection.

“With the abstract, the enigma of art is revealed directly through a pictorial city in which naturalistic perceptions are transformed by the myriad processes and the beauty of its imagination,” said Malik.