Mawaheb’s studio for adults with special needs in the spotlight
Photo credit: Susanna Dahlstedt
With World Art Dubai coming to town for its third instalment between Wednesday April 12 and Saturday 15, one of the most compelling features of the festival has just been announced.
The Mawaheb Art Studio is a non-profit organisation set up to help adults with special needs express themselves through the creative arts, and the studio will be showcasing its artists’ work across the week. As well as an exhibition of the progressive art studio’s talent, Mawaheb will also be hosting numerous workshops every day, with talks taking place in The Blah Blah Lounge – the festival’s dedicated forum for interactive sessions.
One of the most interesting sessions in store for visitors will be hosted by Mawaheb artist Victor Sitali, a 26-year-old Zambian artist who, aged just three, lost his speech and hearing. Having used art as a channel for communicating, Sitali now educates others in the power of art as a universal language without barriers. At World Art Dubai, Sitali will be hosting a special sign language course for those keen to learn the basics, and will also be conducting a live speed-painting workshop in which he’ll create an original artwork in seven minutes.
There’ll be plenty of other things going on at the Mawaheb exhibition to check out, including open-to-all drawing, painting and sculpture lessons, so go check out what they’ve got going on.
You can also pick up original Mawaheb artwork from the show as part of World Art Dubai’s Art for Every Wall initiative, which is offering up original works of art for as little as Dhs500. It’s a thoroughly worthy cause. From Dhs15. Wed Apr 12 to Sat Apr 15. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.worldartdubai.com.