Where: Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz.
When: Tuesday October 30.
As a female artist, this event sounded as though it would be right up my alley. The panel discussion was between four visual artists on ‘the socio-political impact of their artistic work within the region, and the relevance of their work on the global dialogue on women in art’ – phew. What an exhausting, intriguing mouthful.
Unfortunately, being typically scatty, I ended up horrendously late. First I spilled orange juice down my front. Then my five-year-old daughter fell over and needed my attention. And of course I had no petrol in the car. So, after eventually arriving at Showcase Gallery, I quietly slid into the back of the packed room for the remaining half of the discussion.
Along with the inspiring artwork came a different crowd. Everyone had a bohemian, intellectual air about them – as much as I love the fashionistas, I admit this made a nice change.
I whizzed around with my camera clicking away for inspiration, and spotted statuesque photographer Heike Buelau. The last time I met Heike, she had a mohawk. She has great style and I knew with all her wonderful tattoos she had to be inked. After discussing issues ranging from being a female in art to the lack of negative art critiquing in this region (it was heavy stuff), we were up for a mood-lightening surprise. Heike suddenly rushed upstairs and gave an amazing impromptu operatic performance – she also uses singing as part of her artistic expressions.
After that fantastic ice-breaker, everyone warmed up and began to mingle – it was time for the social chit-chat to begin. But I found myself too absorbed in Francesca’s work to join in, and suddenly realised the whole evening had flown by. Admittedly, I hadn’t been the social butterfly I usually attempt to be, but my feet at least, were thanking me for it. It was time to go home.
For more of Hatty’s sketches and blog, see www.hattypedder.com.