#BE BOLD FOR CHANGE International Women’s Day Exhibition

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ZeeArts Community is celebrating International Women’s Day under the theme decreed by the United Nations, BE BOLD FOR CHANGE in collaboration with Crowne Plaza Sheik Zayed Road. This year we are bringing 20 women artists activist hailing from Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia. They will be showcasing their artworks at the hotel from 8th March to 30th April. 

The selected artists originate from Kenya, Tunisia, Egypt, Mauritius, Cabo-Verde, France, Belgium, Ireland, Serbia, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Jordan, Iran, Syria, Palestine and New Zeeland.

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International Women Day is celebrated worldwide on March 8th since 1911; it is a time to reflect on the transitions made, to call for future positive change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role and thus created the history.

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ZeeArts Community celebrate the women’s day with aplomb as the founder- artist activist Zaahirah Muthy is a feminist and has been in the forefront of the empowerment of women since past 15 years during her residing days in her  native land Mauritius and since last  six years in Dubai. She has been involved in the various projects including the education and empowerment of Women drug addicts, women ailing with HIV and AIDS, commercial sex workers, divorcee, single parent, victims of domestic violence and unemployed women. Her experienced whilst dealing with the down trodden of the society has further strengthened her belief that, we women are very important fabric of society and has the power to be BOLD TO BRING CHANGES;

‘We, all have the absolute power and opportunities to Be Bold and to bring changes in our life, our family and our society as a daughter, as a sister, as a wife, as a mother or as a leader’ said Zaahirah. She realized that how a woman has an ability to reach out, express, emote and move people and how she can use creative portrayals in actually helping raise community awareness.

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Mr. Georges Farhat, the General Manager of Crowne Plaza, has expressed his good will to support this initiative and the upcoming project of ZeeArts Community. He quoted: ‘Crowne Plaza is very happy to collaborate with ZeeArts Community for this celebration of Women’s Day and we strongly believe that women play an important role in our society.

The chief guest, Mrs Carol Talbot the NLP expert and an international speaker has beautifully speak about her successful stories how she has been bold and bring changes in her life as a leader. She has indeed inspired the audience.

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The opening was magical, with the presence of extraordinary women coming from different part of the world. The 20 participating artists, have proudly don their respective sashes… like the Miss representing their country.  The pride that each artist felt donning those sashes carrying their country name is unexplainable.  When women join hand, sky is the limit’, said Manish from India one of the artist activist.

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We would like to pay tribute to all the women artists participating in the Be Bold for Change and showing their passion and activism through arts; also special thanks to Crowne Plaza and the Café for their tremendous support for this event.

We would like to invite Dubai Community to visit the show which will be on from 8th March till 30th April at The Café Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road which is in line with the Art Season in Dubai.

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The Renaissance of UAE Photography Exhibition

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 The Renaissance of UAE, was inspired to pay tribute on the 45th National Day celebration of the United Arabs Emirates. This is an initiative of ZeeArts Community in collaboration of Crowne Plaza Dubai, at the Café restaurant on Monday 5th December at 7hpm. We had the privileged to have as our Chief guest H.E Mr AbdulQader Al Rais, the renown Emirati artist and H.E Mr Khalil Abdulwahid, the Art Manager at Dubai Culture.  

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Yesterday, UAE was a land of desert inhabited by proud and nomadic Bedoiun tribes, fisher man, and famers. The Bedouin were known for their resourcefulness and independence and their code of hospitality continues today among the modern Emirati population who show great respect and honor their guest.

Today, with the vision, pasion and belief of Sheikh Khalifa Bon Zayed Al Nayan and his Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE is one of the major International tourist destination and business hub.

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Our three artists, Hamed AlDerei from UAE, Abdulhamid Alttar from Palestine and Ali Pecen from Turkey, has midasly presented their stunning artwork that captured the PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE of the UAE. They have travelled in different place in the UAE, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Umm Al Quaim, Sharjah and Dubai to beautifully illustrate the Renaissance of the UAE. This exhibition was curated by the artist activist from the ZeeArts Community, Zaahirah Muthy.

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Paul Schenk, Resident Manager of Crowne Plaza Dubai states: “We are very happy about our new collaboration with Zeearts and we are honoured to be the host of this beautiful exhibition. It is our aim to support local artists in the UAE and to show our guests what great talent we have in this country. We thank Zeearts for their support in making this event happen and we sincerely thank H.E. Mr AbdulQader Al Rais and H.E Mr Khalil AbdulWahid for giving us the honour to officially open the exhibition last night. We are looking forward to many further exhibitions in 2017.

 

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4th Edition National UAE Day Celebration

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ZeeArts Community celebrate the 4th Edition of National UAE Day at Dubai Outlet Mall on 2nd December. This year we have presented 14 artist activist who as per our tradition to perform live by juggling with only the four National UAE Color to celebrate the Spirit of the Union.

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The Art Festival  was buzzing with a huge crowd and bring the curious visitors to interact with the artists who were focus and at the same entertain the visitors. The four UAE colors were at the helm with Red, Green White and Black.

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ZeeArts Community Connect artists to create Community and to Celebrate Arts, our 4th year celebration has gather over 135 artists since its inception in 2012 under the founder vision Zaahirah Muthy, the artist activist.

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The artists were in their comfort zone playing with the UAE Colors.  Arts is a universal language that not only connect people but family. Here is Peter and his son Chris painting together. It was another mesmerizing event for ZeeArts Celebration and next year we will celebrate our 5th Edition is a more grandiose artistic way.

 

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ART CRITIC SYMPOSIUM

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ZeeArts Community in collaboration with Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay Dubai, teamed up to bring the International Art Critic and Educationist, Mr Quddus Mirza from Pakistan, for the very first Art Critic Symposium on Saturday 22nd October from 15h00 to 17h00 at the hotel. The aim of this Art Critic Symposium was to provide an understanding on the global art forum and the practices of art making with its formal and conceptual aspects; along with creating, infusing and enhancing the act of art making. The event was divided into two segments; the first part comprised of a lecture on the global contemporary art scene and the second part consisted of an interactive session discussing about the participant’s Art work with reference to the process of art. There was also an elaborate discussion as to how an artist should express their art in words.

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We brought 20 local artists of different nationalities from UAE together, to attend this event with a sole motive that participants should be benefitted with an art specialist’s feedback on their artwork. It is significant to empower emerging artists, as Dubai is positioned as one of the most strategic iconic Art Hub

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This symposium aimed at helping artists to set up direction and to educate them as to how to talk and write about their artwork; this is a paramount steps to boost up their self-esteem when introducing their work, which resonate with the philosophy of ZeeArts Community.‟ said Zaahirah Muthy the founder of ZeeArts Community. I would like to thank Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay for this significant collaboration and all the participating artists.

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Mr Quddus Mirza, The International Art Critic and Educationist Quddus Mirza is an international artist, art critic and independent curator. He is the Associate Professor in Fine Arts at the National College of Arts, Lahore. Trained as a painter from National College of Arts, Lahore, and Royal College of Art, London, has shown extensively in numerous important group exhibitions, along with several solo exhibitions, held in Pakistan and UK. He has also curated series of exhibitions, including “Trade Union” and “Take Away‟ at Zahoorul Akhlaq Gallery, NCA, and “One to One” at Alhamra Art Gallery Lahore. His other exhibitions include “Celebrating Art” and “Love” at National Art Gallery, Islamabad, “Beyond Borders: Art from Pakistan”, at National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, India, and “Exotic Bodies”, based on the miniature paintings from the collection of Victoria and Albert Museum, that was displayed at Preston Museum in UK.

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Thank you Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, for the significant support in providing us with the venue and scrumptious Tea Break.

About Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, Dubai is located In the heart of Dubai‟s Business Bay district, close to the Burj Khalifa, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay Dubai meets the demands of both leisure and business travellers. This cosmopolitan hotel with a German touch is the first property from the brand in the GCC region, featuring elegant and stylish designs combined with German precision and efficiency. The Hotel comprises of six F&B outlet including Bayside Restaurant & Terrace, serving freshly prepared international dishes; Das Café for stylish afternoon tea; Swim & Tonic pool bar and lounge with breathtaking views of the BurjKhalifa; The Backyard, an urban garden terrace; Neunzehn, an eclectic executive lounge serving all executive room and suite guests; and Brothaus, German bakery – bistro.

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ZeeArts Community is an artist activist platform that Connect artists, to Create Community and Celebrate Arts. Since our inception in 2012, we are committed on a voluntary principle to engage and collaborate with different partners such as Corporate, Gallery, Media and individual to foster community base projects such as Live Painting, Workshop, Painting Auction, Retreat, Residential, Street Arts and Exhibition. We believe that every person has the right to Embrace Arts, Experience Arts and to Live Arts.

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Atelier Little Picasso

ZeeArts Community in collaboration with The Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, launched the Little Picasso – Charity Art Project to support Senses Residential and Day Care Centre for Specia…

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Atelier Little Picasso

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Bibi the artist from Nigeria during the atelier of Little Picasso 

ZeeArts Community in collaboration with The Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, launched the Little Picasso – Charity Art Project to support Senses Residential and Day Care Centre for Special Needs.

More than 20 artists activist from ZeeArts Community gathered for four art atelier with 15 special needs children from Senses every Saturday morning during the month of May to mentor and paint together under the theme of Love, Kindness, Honesty, Generosity and Gratitude with the aiming to raise funds for Senses Centre where more than 45 masterpieces will be displayed for sale in the prestigious Pullman Dubai JLT hotel lobby during the holy month of Ramadan with an official launch of “Little Picasso” Art Exhibition held on Wednesday, 8 June 2016.

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The Artist activists during the second atelier 

This exhibition showcases children’s art pieces discovered during their experiments with colours, drawing, imagination and movement. In these art sessions, the little artists were able to create dramatic images, telling a story that is uniquely their own.  The results of their work often surprised even the mentor artists themselves.  “It is the most effective route to increase self-awareness and give a powerful voice that allows others to discover the creativity within each child.” said one of the art activist, ‘Manisha Gaur ’ . The artists involved in these sessions found themselves overwhelmed and enlightened. The entire atmosphere was brimming with affection, warmth, compassion, love and connectivity. Not just the paintings but new relationships were also made.

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The opening speech by Zaahirah Muthy, artist activist from ZeeArts community

he Activist-Artist, the head of ZeeArts Community, Ms. Zaahirah Muthy said: “Ramadan resonates with universal values. This momentous month makes people conscientious about the way they treat others and reminds them of the significance of making sacrifices and putting others before themselves. It is about being responsible and contributing to the overall good of society. Which we believe we did successfully in collaboration with Pullman Dubai JLT and wrapped up this beautiful project.”

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Mr Fadeel Wahbe the General manager of Pullman Dubai JLT

Commenting on the Little Picasso initiative, Mr. Fadeel Wehbe, the General Manager of Pullman Dubai JLT said: “Weare thrilled to be part of this initiative,giving back to the community and supporting Senses in an interactive manner. I would like to commend the volunteer-artists who joinedus for this project -for their support and willingness to make a difference in these children’s lives. We at Pullman will strive to ensure that the Little Picassoproject will be held annually as part of our brands promise to support local art.”

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Our guest of Honor Mr Khalil Abdulwahed, an International Emirati Artist

Khalil Abdulwahed, International relationship Manager from Dubai Culture and Arts Authority quoted: it is with great pleasure that I am associating myself as an Emirati artist to the Little Picasso Charity project, during this holy month of Ramadan.

This is such a beautiful initiative of ZeeArts Community to involve local artists to engage with special needs children. I would like to highlight the hard work and dedication of Zaahirah Muthy, the founder of ZeeArts Community for being herself an artist and acting as a role model to encourage others to give back to the community. The best part of this project is a vivid model, on how Arts is making a difference in the life of people through expressing creativity, emotions, and build a friendly relationship.

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Thanks to Alena Abdullina for your tremendous support 

In this initiative to honor diversity, and to celebrate holy month of Ramadan, the ZeeArts Community in collaboration with the Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers hosted the opening of the Little Picasso exhibition a mega event was followed by a scrumptious Iftar gathering for all the artists and the children. The ambience of The Pullman Hotel JLT was warm, classy and relaxed.  The guests were greeted with smile by the courteous and extremely competent hotel staff. Food was traditional but well varied, plentiful, delicious, beautifully displayed and very, very well executed. Lots of dishes with a vibrant spread awaited the guests.

The Paintings that are showcased in The Little Picasso Exhibition narrates  the experience of joys, of creative exploration, discovery, fun, laughter and foundation of new relationships. Something precious that you would love to own.

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20/20/20 Art Community

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The Art Book 20/20/20 Art Community

After the fabulous atelier of 20-20-20 Art Community held in March 2015 at Dubai Special Needs Center; where Torkia Mahmoul and Zaahirah Muthy the founder of ZeeArts Community brought 20 artists to mentor 20 special needs children to create 20 artwork; On 30th May, we had the silent auction of those stunning paintings at Al Serkal Foundation.

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Thanks to all the Artist Activists 

We would like to thank all our sponsors Barkalys Bank, Alserkal CF, Sharaf Media, Sharaf Hq Investment, Make Art Cafe and Our inspiring volunteer: Ms Jan Preethi D’Sa for the book editing, Ms Farah Khan- Artwork Photos and Mr Sami Mohd Amin – MC of the night for their tremendous support. Photo credit goes to our artists friend Abdulhamid AlAttar  and Manisha Gaur.

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