Art and Community

Art and Community

Art Dubai

Date: 16th to 19th March 2016
Venue:Madnat Jumeirah

Art Dubai is the leading inter­national art fair in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The tenth edition of the fair took place March 16-19, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Art Dubai is held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. Taking place each year in March, Art Dubai presents a select yet diverse line-up of around 90 galleries from the UAE and around the world, across three programmes: Contemporary; Modern, devoted to masters from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia; and Marker, a curated section of artspaces that focuses each year on a particular theme or geography.

This year when I attended the 10th Edition Art Dubai- VIP opening, I noticed Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the very simple and modest ruler of Dubai.

Arty Mauritius Independence Celebration
Date: 12th March 2016
Venue: Super U Flacq-Mauritius

ZeeArts Community- MAURITIUS in collaboration with Super U-Flacq- Flacq Coeur de Ville team up to organize an Arty festival to celebrate the Mauritius Independence Day, where we brought Mauritian artists painters and sculptors from different corner of the island through diverse categories including aspiring children artists, emerging artists and renown Mauritian artists to celebrate the independence day as a first initiative of ZeeArts-Mauritius. The visitors of Super U, took the pride to stop and interact with the artists where they had the opportunity to experience the artists painting live. It was indeed an electrifying day where the artists were buzzing like rain droplet

everywhere at Super U which was indeed transform to an art studio and later on typical Mauritian gallery.

The known history of Mauritius begins with its discovery by Arabs, followed by Europeans and its appearance on maps in the early 16th century. Mauritius was successively colonized by the Dutch, the French and the British, and became independent in 1968. In 2016, Mauritian artists celebrate and pay tribute to the beautiful island by playing with the four Mauritian flag colors (red, blue, yellow and green)

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our sponsors, Super U Flacq, Flacq Coeur de Ville, Status and Super Printing for their significant support. Our special thanks to all the participants and the ZeeArts- Mauritius team for making this event a great success.

celebrating Women’s Day
Date: 12th March 2016
Venue: Zabeel Park

ZeeArts Community celebrates Women’s Day by gathering beautiful women coming from various cultures and different part of the world with diverse profession through an arty live painting to celebrate womanhood at Zabeel Park, a mesmerizing garden in Dubai; Yet the theme this year is to #Pledge for Parity and we decided that our #pledge is dedicated for something that is deep to us on a personal level and ultimately expressing our pledge on the white canvas through creativity. This initiative has created a significant impact as we brought both women artists while others never touch a brush since years. The interaction between them enable us to share our experiences through a mutual understanding and dialogue.

As we were painting live in a public garden, we had visitors who was curious and stop by to appreciate the arts. It was a memorable and different afternoon for all of us. Congratulation to all those wonderful women…Happy Women’s Day not for a day but everyday.

Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival
Date: 25th February 2016
Venue: Bayan Ai Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah

Zaahirah Muthy, a Mauritian artist activist and Founder of ZeeArts ommunity enter the registration process and submit her work for the first time. She attended the glamourous Red Carpet without knowing that she will be the winner. During the Award night, to her great bewilderment she won the ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016 from the hand of the Director of Al Qasimi Foundation Mr. Suqrat Abdulla Besher and the Ms Aisha Abdullah the Emirati Film maker.

Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and member of the Supreme Council of the UAE; Al Qasimi Foundation organized the 4th Annual Ral Al Khaimah Art Festival on 19th to 25th February in Ras Al Khaimah and bring 76 local and International artists together. The event was opening with a glittering red carpet at Bayan Tree Al Wadi on 19th Feb where eminent personalities of Ras Al Khaimah attended and followed by the Film Screen and Award Ceremony on 20th at RAK Chamber of Commerce with an Exhibition at the RAK museum till 25th February.

The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research was established in 2009 to aid in the social, cultural, and economic development of Ras Al Khaimah, a northern emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Established through Emiri decree, the Foundation is considered a non-profit, quasi-governmental organization and is the visionary initiative of Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. His Highness places great value on education and research, and the Al Qasimi Foundation was created to generate a world-class body of research on Ras Al Khaimah and the broader UAE region, develop local capacity in the public sector, and engage the community in its work.

2nd Edition Artistic and Cultural Retreat- UAE and Oman
Date: 28th to 30thJanuary 2016
Venue: Liwa Art Hub

ZeeArts Community from UAE in collaboration with Liwa Art Hub and Paragon Arts from Oman, joined hands to bring the 2nd edition of Artistic Exchange Retreat between two neighboring countries UAE and Oman from Thursday 28th to 30th January this year.

The strategic concept is aimed at bringing the artists from UAE and Oman together to help promote the cross-cultural exchange of art, values and to understand its relevance
On the evening of 28th January 10 artists from Oman and 15 artists from Dubai set out for the most unforgettable journey to Liwa Art Hub. Exotic Liwa has long been a favorite destination and inspiration for countless literary, visual and performing artists and thinkers.

Next day morning the artists were taken for Liwa walks. The majesty and silence of the sand dunes were incredibly captivating. After a great photo shoot in the desert backdrop the artists were served with a very authentic local breakfast on red carpet. The liwa walks were followed by a panel discussion between esteemed Omani artist Mr. Anwar Sonya, esteemed Emirati artist Mr. Khalil Abdulwahid and the founder of Zee Arts Community, Ms Zaahirah Zabeen Muthy. The artists then participated in a very informative workshop on artists biography by a renowned fellow artist Kasia. Brimming with creativity all the artists then headed towards the studio and got indulged in the world of paints and galore. The entire evening Liwa Art Hub was oozing with art and passion towards art.

The rendezvous with art continued in the next day morning after the breakfast. And finally the exemplary event came to an end with a wonderful exhibition set by the artists and certificate distribution by Ms Zaahirah and the owner and founder of Liwa Art Hub Mr. Ahmed Al Yafei. The whole event ushered into the endless possibilities of human art and culture across the geographical borders.

Zaahirah quoted: ‘The vision of ZeeArts Community is to Connect artists to Create Community and Celebrate Arts. It has been a significant retreat to bring an added value in the life of the artists; the Artistic and Cultural Retreat is at its 2nd edition, the event have enhanced artists relationship between UAE and OMAN. This exchange retreat was definitely a memorable and unique experience for each participating artist. I deeply believe in the empowerment of artists through a constructive approach by sharing, dialogue in a friendly environment’.

IWS En Plein Air Session
Date: 8th January 2016
Venue: Bab Al Shams Hotel

Early Morning “En Plein Air Session” by IWS Artists at the iconic Hotel destination; situated in the heart of the desert and nestled in the dunes of Dubai, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury retreat. The artists waiting patiently for the sun raise to capture the extraordinary landscape of this unique place. The International Watercolor Society (IWS) is a non-profit organization which was established in January 2012 with the objective of promoting the world’s oldest and most deeply rooted painting technique; the art of watercolor, headed by Mrs Mrinmay Sebastian, the President of IWS Dubai.

International Migrants Day
Venue: Dubai International Arts Centre
Date: 18th December 2015

In commemoration of the United Nations Migrants day, 18 December, a dozen artists spent the day painting cardboard boxes on the theme of migrants. We hung them from the arbor surrounding the entrance gate to the Dubai International Art Centre. We also hung postcards made by children at the Art Center during the past week, and origami birds that I folded myself

The objective of this initiative is to pay tribute and reaffirm our support as artists to shape a better society that provides opportunities and lives of dignity for all migrants worldwide.

This installation is symbolic in several ways.

  • The arch signifies passage, and the migrants are certainly living a life of passage.
  • The arbor is a living plant, which in this context symbolizes growth and hope for the future lives of the migrants.
  • The artists in Dubai are migrants, too, each coming from a different part of the world, and sharing our common interests in art.

Our initiative is to spread the word of peace and compassion for migrants to the general public. We are all hopeful for a better future for everyone.

Launching ZeeArts Community in Mauritius
Venue: Mauritius
Date: 10th December 2015

ZeeArts Community proudly announce the establishment of the official Executive Members of ZeeArts Community Mauritius on 10th December 2015 with the prime aim to create an Art Hub with a social drive at local, regional and at international level. Our dynamic Executive Members are passionate people with an artistic appeal and engagement or community leaders for the social development

3rd Edition National UAE Celebration
Venue: Dubai Outlet Mall
Date: 2nd December 2015

ZeeArts Community celebrate in collaboration with Dubai Outlet Mall, the 3rd Edition of National UAE Day at Dubai Outlet Mall on 2nd December; the local artists performed live juggling with only the National UAE Color to express the Spirit of the Union. This year we had 10 artist activists coming from different Emirates. The participating artists are Ahmed AlHosani, Asareh Ibrahimpour, AbdulHamid, Kasia Katarzyna, Elizabeth Bruse, Asha Lewis, Lakhman Kapadia, Kristina Koreneva and Zaahirah Muthy.

Art Fair Dubai-VIP Opening
Venue: The Address Hotel
Date: 15th October 2015

Live painting: My Blue World

Art Fair Dubai 2015 welcome ZeeArts Community to perform live during the VIP Opening night at the Address Dubai Mall; The artist, Zaahirah Muthy painted live during 45 mins using the blue hues to express elegantly her Blue world; Inspired by her life journey her painting illustrate the world around her. She painted directly with her hands, as this give her peace acumen that ethos her spirit. The painting was auction by Pioneer Auction on the same night.

Art U Afford
Venue: Old Creekside Dubai
Date: 24th October 2015

ZeeArts Community Artists perform live for ‘Art U Affordable’ an event which was held on Saturday 24th at the Creekside-Old Dubai from 10h to 6hpm. Art U Affordable is a community event that allows artists from all levels to take part exhibiting and selling their work. The categories of participation are drawing, painting, printmaking, prints, sketches, Sculpture, and photographs. Surrounding the beautiful scenery of Creekside, tourists, visitors, art lovers and the artists explored, network and find unique, original & affordable art pieces. The participating artists were Rihab, Asareh, Batool, Ramy, Abdulhamid, Vikrant, Sumanta, Elizabeth and Zaahirah. The artists had great fun and some of them manage to commission and meet potential buyers.

Live painting by Mauritian Artists
Venue: Maison Eureka- Moka, Mauritius
Date: 3rd October

ZeeArts Community organized its first event (Live painting) in Mauritius, by bringing Mauritian artists to paint together on Saturday 3rd October at La Maison Eureka in Moka.

This initiative is to provide opportunity for the emerging and leading artists to network, exchange and strengthen their artistic relationship under the theme Diversity and Connectivity. The theme was inspire to pay tribute to Mauritius; and to highlight how Arts can beautifully embrace and enhance the power of our iconic island in all its splendor.

The wonderful setting at Eureka has without any doubt inspired the artists, with the green landscape, ‘La Maison Colonial’ and the freshness of the picturesque and historical venue sponsor. It was such a beautiful day where we enjoy the different style, techniques and medium.

Art is an international language understand by all, this is exactly what Mauritian artists strive to show in their work, the passion, freedom, a sense of ownership where the canvas is their territory. This initiative was done in collaboration of MsSevany Appavoo, an artist activist, a passionate art lover and a photographer. ‘Her aim is to valorizing all artists and their artworks at national and international level and give them this Majestic place they all deserve in Society’. Credit for all photos goes to Ms Sevany Appavoo.

I would like to extend our deep appreciation to Eureka, la Maison Creole for their hospitality to welcome the artists for this live painting. I would highlight the presence of the new Chairperson of National Art Gallery Mrs Dorinne Denise who addressed her first speech to the artists and extending her full support and will bring innovation to the National Art Gallery

Participating artists were: Kavinash Thomoo, Slyvio de Lapeyre, Sharmeen Arah, Malini Callimootoo-Jeewon, Suren Seeruttun, Pamela Virpin, Ravi Beethary, Gilberte Marimootoo Natchoo, Nishal Purboo, Uma Appadu, Riaz Auladin, Sevany Appavoo, Zaahirah Muthy

TiE Dubai in collaboration with ZeeArts community
Venue: Dubai
Date: 12th September 2015

Artists Entrepreneur in Action

ZeeArts Community supported the initiative of TiE Dubai Conference 2015 through the empowerment of Artists Entrepreneur as part of the TiE Dubai’s Vision where 14 Artists Entrepreneur painted together at The Fridge in Al Serkal Avenue. They were inspired by the theme: Dubai An Innovation Hub.

An impressive and unique mural artwork was unveilled during the TiE Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel showing through different style, technique and myriad of stories by paying tribute to Dubai as an Innovative Hub. The artwork was auction to support TiE Dubai activities as a non-profit organization.

ZeeArts Community would like to thank TiE Dubai for this significant collaboration, the Fridge as venuw sponsor and special thanks to all the participating artists.

Female Artist mentor Children from Rehabilitation Centre
Venue: Dubai Foundation for Women and Children
Date: 10th September 2015

ZeeArts Community bring a group of female Artist Activists to mentor the resident children from the Rehabilitation Centre of Dubai Foundation for Women and Children with the support of Air Master as part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities. The theme of the 2016 Calendar are HAPPINESS, where we celebrate a day full of happiness through colors. We started with an ice breaking introduction of the artists and the children, by putting the children at ease in a friendly approach. The children has the power of freedom to choose their mentor artists. Amazingly we discovered great talents when children speaks with their heart, paint with their soul and connect with their happiness. Both the artists and the children had appreciative and fun time together. The children self esteem was value as they were proud of their Arts. Thanks to all the participating artists, UAE Goodwill Photograph, Dubai Foundation for Women and Children for giving us this opportunity and special thanks goes to Air Master for their support.

Notes for NEPAL
Venue: Alliance Francaise-Dubai
Date: 6th June 2015

The recent earthquakes in NEPAL killed thousands of people but also left millions with no homes nor shelter. ‘Notes for NEPAL’, is an initiative of Rotaract Club of Dubai in collaboration with Alliance Française organized a Music Festival by Kamel Musallam & a Flea Market in support to Nepal. ZeeArts Community team up for NEPAL ART FAIR, where paintings from Milena Mladenova, Nissa Riyas, Abdul Hamid, Issabelle Noor, Sabeen Sabzwari, Asareh EbrahimPour, Sumanta Dahda, Samer Kamel and Zaahirah Muthy were beautifully donated and auctioned. All the proceed goes to Re-build NEPAL. ZeeArts Community would like to extend a heart-felt thanks and gratitude to all the artists for making “Notes for Nepal” event so successful.

Exchange Retreat Oman
Venue: The Wave Mall, Muscat Oman
Date: 28th to 30th May 2015

Paragon Arts host a month live painting at The Wave with the introduction of an artist; and this month
Ms Bushra was the guest speaker, an Omani artist; she spoke about her inspiration and her Arts; also Mr Anwar Sonya, the renown Omani artist said a few words followed by time for gift, Paragon Arts presented some gift to the artists and Zaahirah, from ZeeArts community presented one of her painting to Louai, the Director of Paragon Arts as a sign of new friendship born.

The artists were tirelessly waiting for the big time, live painting show. Visitors enjoyed the beauty of the Mall with so much passionate people, it was just like a Celebration of Colors where artists were interacting, painting, smiling, exchanging and so much more. The artists were from different nationalities which illustrate that Arts Connect the World through Arts and Passion.

Our Exchange Retreat ends at 4h30, with so much of take away, new friendship and exchange of contact. It was such a fruitful event where we started with the Meet and Greet, following by the Artistic dialogue workshop, a city tours, Cultural exchange program and close by a live painting show. ZeeArts Community would like to thanks Paragon Arts for their significant collaboration, and special thanks goes to: Louai Alasfahani, the Director of Paragon Arts, Mr Jalal Luqman, Emirati artists, Paragon Team, Shuwa Diners, Moorish Café, Muscat Hill clubhouse, The Wave Mall and the Omani artists.

Artistic Exchange Retreat
Venue: Morish Café in Muscat Oman
Date: 28th to 30th May 2015

Artistic Dialogue Workshop

The Workshop started by a warm greeting from Louai Alasfahani, the man who made this event happen; he is the Director of Paragon Arts; Zaahirah Muthy the founder of ZeeArts Community took this opportunity to explain about this initiative objectives and thank Paragon Arts for their tremendous support. We had a deep presentation by Mr Saeed Alalawi about the Omani famous artists, Mr Anwar Sonya, Mrs Tahira and many others.

The next session was about The Voice of the Artists where each artist was given 2 minutes to introduce themselves and their arts. They used different support such as power point, their artwork and some prefer just to use the power of their voice.

What is your Brand? This was an interactive session focusing on the person and his/her brand as an artist. They were given a piece of paper to write about one word that reflects their personality as an artist. The artists were proudly moving around to introduce their brand to each other. Followed by How to Market your Arts? Another provocative session where the artists were divided into groups of 3 and they had to brainstorm on ‘How to market your Arts?’ Impressive and productive outcomes had been collected. We had a Role play by 4 volunteers (Ahmed, Amira, Kasia and Khalid) to present (How to approach a Gallery) we had two scenarios, a good approach and a less confident approach. The artists had the great opportunity to visualize the right approach. This was an impromptu play.

We were honored to have the presence of the Renown Emirati artist Mr Jalal Luqman, representing Arts in UAE; he presented the Art scene in UAE and he inspired the artists about his journey. The artists had the opportunity to ask questions directly. Finally we had an open dialogue on how we can build a sustainable relationship with UAE-Oman where Mr Jalal represents UAE and Mr Saeed representing Oman.

Venue: Le Meridien Hotel
Date: 1st May 2015

It was a privilege for ZeeArts Community to support SNF Development Center for the DINE N DEED 2015 an Annual Charity Dinner which invites high profile guests from various walks of society in Dubai including supporters and potential donors. The highlight of the event is a charity Art Auction done by some of the most renowned contemporary local artists in UAE along with paintings done by our students in the presence of famous bollywood singer Ms Shunidhi Chaudan. The event took place at Grand Ballroom, Le Meridien, Airport.

Special thanks goes to the 20 artists donating their work to support this good cause. SNF Development Centre offers personalized and professional care for young adults with special needs by promoting independence and confidence to help them become self-sufficient, personally and professionally. ZeeArts Community are happy to contribute to the DINE N DEED 2015.

SIKKA 2015
Venue: Al Fahidi Museum
Date: 24th March 2015

SIKKA Art Fair 14-24 March at Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood.launched by the Dubai Culture and Art Authority, SIKKA is an annual exhibition specifically designed to feature UAE contemporary art practices, initiatives and discourse through a diversity of artistic talent and stance, providing opportunity to experience homegrown creativity at its liveliest and best, in the heart of Dubai. it is its 5th edition, this unique, artist-led fair-cum-festival expands dramatically to include over 50 artists, filmmakers, musicians and performing artists, along side visual artists. This year, I have been selected to perform a live feet painting through the official Curator of Sikka 2015, Jalal Luqman. It was a privilege and great honor for me to come on board among the selected artists.

My work displays an inter-mixed media fusion through Live Feet Performance showcasing performing arts, by using only my feet to layer colors, texture and patterns. The initial idea of my feet painting was to experience the feeling of a child which I was introduced without arms, with the idea to empower her through Arts, I tried to imitate her by putting myself in the skin of those who are arm-less with was a bit experimental at first. Later on I discovered that, it is actually a fun and unique practice where we can explore the mgic of difference with ease and confidence.

My work engenders life affirming emotions and a willingness to experience what I have seen.
Inspired and invigorated by a renewed sense of philanthropy and awed by the mystery of how things occurs around me. My influences are foremost everything I experience in my journey and embrace the transition from exotic island to Arabic culture which has a great influence in my work.

20/20/20 Art Community
Venue: Dubai centre for special needs
Date: 18th March 2015

20/20/20 Art Community Project is an initiative of ZeeArts Community in collaboration with Barclays Bank to bring 20 emerging artists with 20 students from Dubai Centre for Special Needs (DCSN) to create 20 pieces of art which will be auctioned at the annual client dinner organized by Barclays.

On a Wednesday early morning, the artists community gather at DCSN premises with a fun and relax spirit to inspire the special needs children, creating exceptional and extraordinary artworks. The community-focused initiative aims to support children from the Dubai Centre for Special Needs (DCSN), a non-profit organization with the vision to serve the diverse academic, physical, social, and emotional needs of its students.

It was an exceptional and heartfelt experience, where we brought together 20 artists from different nationalities, different cultures and with different styles to share their skills and passion for a good cause. The mentor-ship concept was one of the prime objectives for us, since we wanted to create an opportunity for the vulnerable children to interact and engage with professional artists.”

Andrew Mortimer, Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and Country Manager, Middle East Barclays Plc, said: “We are very happy to partner with ZeeArts Community and DCSN in this honorable and noble initiative.

Dr. Mahshid Salehi, Director of Dubai Center for Special Needs, elaborated: “As a non-profit organisation, we rely heavily on the community for support and funding. It is very reassuring to know that there are companies out there, like Barclays and ZeeArts Community, who want to help and give to organisations such as ours. Through this project, Barclays will not only help us raise funds, but also raise vital awareness about DCSN.”

ZeeArts Community would like to extent our deep thanks to Barclays Bank for their significant support and all the participating artists; Special thanks goes to the team behind the scene, Jocelyn Lewisham, Milena Mladenova, Remy Francis and Ahmed Al Hosani.

Restart the Art
Date: February 2015

Restart The Art is a [sameness] project initiative to turn two of those big white laborer buses into moving works of Art. Telling the stories of the construction workers who ride inside and the artists who will work together with them to bring colour and goodness to the streets of Dubai.

The artwork covering the buses created in a unique collaboration between a group of construction workers and UAE-based artists/art students by bringing 43 workers, 43 artists and 43 artistic collaboration.

The three questions that was the inspiration behind each artwork was:
‘My Joy, My Dream and My Pain’

It was an amazing and unique experience for both the laborer and their partner artists where the laborer felt confident and share their emotions. The objective behind this initiative was to highlight that all HUMAN are SAME no matter where they come from, who they are, we all have our Joy, Dream and Pain.

Bravo to Sameness Project team.

Young Women Leadership Summit
Date: December 2014
Venue: Gems our English High School Dubai

Women are the key asset in the development of a society; the young women at Gems our English High School were empowered with different form of Arts to bring out the powerful characteristic of a woman leader. Words like curiosity, passionate, diversity, patience, savvy, innovation, beauty and creativity were their inspiration. Well done girls amazing experience to be with you and I am really proud and inspired by all the emerging girls leaders.

Zeearts Community celebrates UAE National Day
Date: 2nd December 2014
Venue: Dubai Outlet Mall

Zeearts Community celebrates UAE National Day in collaboration with Dubai Outlet Mall, this is the 2nd Edition where artists perform a live painting show under the theme “My UAE” and juggling with only the four UAE Flag color (Red, Green, White and Black). It was a fun and amazing experience for the artists to Create, Connect and Celebrate the UAE National Day and interacting with the visitors who appreciate artists in action and were curious about the finishing of the artwork.

From 4h to 8hpm, the artists challenge them to create marvelous artworks; it was indeed a great success to communicate our appreciation and deep gratitude to the rulers of UAE for being part the growth and development of UAE. We are all an important asset and privilege to be in this part of the world.

The artists activists were Almed Al Husiani from UAE, Jocelyn from New Zeeland, Bibi from Nigeria, Remy from India, Milena from Bulgaria, Zainab from Oman, Badri from UAE, Sonu from India, Victor from Lukasa and Zaahirah from Mauritius.

We would like to thank our sponsor & partner: Dubai Outlet Mall, Printz T-Shirt factory for their significant support and special thanks to all the participating artists.

Rhythm of Arts-Live feet painting
Date: 10th October 2014
Venue: Zabeel Park

In the celebration of Rhythm of Arts, where Zabeel park was mesmerizing with Artists performing in diverse artistic activities to team up for a spirit of celebration. ZeeArts Community presented a live feet painting under the theme “My Ocean”, a show of 35 mins. Amazing how the crowd was curious and patient to see the end result.

Rhythm of Arts
Date: 5th October 2014
Venue: Zabeel Park

Every month at Abu Dhabi Art Hub, there is a residency month celebration; from September to October, in collaboration with ZeeArts Community, the hub has organized the African month where Four prominent African artists Nancy from Zimbabwe, Mary from Kenya, Vimla from Mauritius and Collin from Nigeria. The artists were in residence for one full month with the culmination for an African fusion Arabic inspiration exhibition together with other African- UAE artists Victor, Zaahirah and Joseph. Let’s celebrate AFRICA and follow the emerging and leading African artists

African Residential Month
Date: September-October 2014
Venue: Abu Dhabi Art Hub

Every month at Abu Dhabi Art Hub, there is a residency month celebration; from September to October, in collaboration with ZeeArts Community, the hub has organized the African month where Four prominent African artists Nancy from Zimbabwe, Mary from Kenya, Vimla from Mauritius and Collin from Nigeria. The artists were in residence for one full month with the culmination for an African fusion Arabic inspiration exhibition together with other African- UAE artists Victor, Zaahirah and Joseph. Let’s celebrate AFRICA and follow the emerging and leading African artists

101 Artistic Toastmasters
Date: August 2014
Venue: International Toastmasters Convention in Malaysia

101 Artistic Toastmasters around the World by Armando Cristofori is a compilation that joins the world in artistic expression through multi-cultural, multi-diverse and multi-dimensional individuals whose common ground was joining Toastmasters International; a global communication and leadership education organisation that gave them the opportunity to voice and share their individual stories with their local club and through this media – their global family at Toastmasters International. Join us in this journey of discovering the artist behind the mask, or in this case, the name badge. Two artistic Toastmasters from Dubai was featured in the 101 Artistic Toastmasters; kudos to Zaahirah Muthy and Saira Ranj.

Art Charity Auction for Bosnia
Date: 21st June 2014
Venue: DIAC ArtCenter

Under the Patronage of Bosnia and Herzegovina Embassy in collaboration with ZeeArts Community and DIAC ArtCenter, we organized an Art Charity Auction to support flood victims in Bosnia. More than 1.5 million people from eastern Europe was affected by this disaster.

ZeeArts Community mobilized 32 artists coming from New zeeland, India, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, France, Scotland, Nigeria, Sudan, Bosnia, Syria, Egypt, US, Denmark and from Mauritius.They are coming from different nationalities, different colours, different background, different style yet they all team up to make a difference in the life of others. Artists are sensible creature no doubt this was a concrete example where they generously donate 38 paintings for this cause.

Special thanks goes to our Partners and sponsors, all the artists, Bosnia Embassy, DIAC ArtCenter, Pioneer Auction, Balkan Trading and Good will photographer for their significant support to make that event a success.

Art Nation 2014
Date: 15-24 May 2014
Live Painting at Burjuman Center

Art Nation is a new age art exhibition showcasing talented Artists from various genres and disciplines of the Art Form, focusing Alternative Artists; It is the 2nd Edition Art Nation bringing artists from all ages, all colours, all nationalities and all techniques under one celebration.

EVENT: Street Night Art
Date: 24th January 2014
Venue: Al Quoz Ind

Street Night Art Dubai 2014 was held on 24th January 2014 in the Al Quoz Industrial zone. The event, which showcased artists from all genres, was a festive gathering of creative people. Street Night Art is just what the name implies; artists, taking to the street at night to showcase their talents. The street was lined with artists; Painters were on one side and spray painters on another. The center of the street was home to a pop-up art studio for visitors who wanted to create a little too. Everyone joined in the fun. It was refreshing to see children sitting alongside adults learning how to turn an otherwise boring white canvas into an interesting expression. From painters and illustrators to guitarists and singers, there was a platform for everyone who wished to participate. Event staffed walked the crowd with raised signs inviting guests to sign up for open mic.

More than 50 artists took the street during one night. Amazing ambiance, sparkling audience, art lovers and general public, over 3,000 people walk on the BoulevArt. More than an open-air exhibition, SNA presents live painting and a series of multidisciplinary performances. The SNA’s convivial and relax atmosphere is a fertile ground for exchanges and encounters, allowing the public to familiarize with art.

ZeeArts with two other artists Lama and Judi, showcase their synergy of minds and creativity to come up with a different concept by painting with their hands and fingers; It was a very interesting experience and the challenge was they finished in one hours. Great experience, amazing and sparkling visitors

Event: Charity Auction Gala Dinner for Syrian Refugees
Date: Thursday 23rd January 2014
Venue: H-Hotel, Dubai

After three years of conflict, the situation in Syria remains dire. Families have been torn apart, communities ruined and schools and hospitals destroyed. The crisis has driven over millions Syrian refugees into neighbouring countries with thousands more pouring across Syrian borders every single day. Around 50 % of these refugees are children. Innocent Syrian families need your help. Fleeing for their lives, thousands left their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back.
LIVE Events in collaboration with other stake holders organized a ‘Charity Auction Gala Dinner for Syrian Refugees’ on Thursday 23rd January at H-Hotel. It was a privilege for ZeeArts Community to support this event and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to ALIVE Events for taking this step forward for a good cause. Also special thanks goes to the following artists, Shefali, Eman, Elizabeth and Manisha who donate two of their beautiful paintings to support this event.

Kudos to the Co-organizers – UAE Red Crescent & Breathing Numbers; Partners and Sponsors – One Taqa Team-Iraq, Mattar Bin Lahej & Etihad Airways, IFFCO, London Dairy, Air Arabia, Fly Dubai, Chalhoub Group, GTnART; CREATIVE PARTNER – Datamex Technology; EMCEES, ENTERTAINERS & PERFORMERS – Dubomedy & Center for Music & Arts, PHOTOGRAPHERS – UAE Goodwill Photographers; SOUNDS & LIGHTS – Most High Productions; DECORATIONS – Vintage Blooms & Ramadi Group; OFFICIAL AUCTIONEERS – Pioneer Auctions; MENTORS – Baraka Advisors; MEDIA – Dubai One, Orient TV, 7 days & Barakabits; Volunteers, and all guests.

Event: 2nd Edition Mauritian Spirit 2013
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
Date: 23rd to 26th October

Kick off your shoes… Mauritius is just a few steps away from the office. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City is bringing you one step closer to making your tropical dreams come true. At Dusk Terrace from the 23rd to 26th of October 2013, where Mauritian Chef Hassan Massood took the guests on a culinary break to the lovely island of Mauritius and provide the opportunity to enjoy a few days of island rhythms, authentic food, colourful entertainment and a painting exhibition by the Mauritian artist Zaahirah Muthy.

A special treat with the SEGA Dance Group by Denis Claude and a Mauritian DJ cliff made the Dubai Community rock the night away.

ZeeArts present a collection of 12 paintings which illustrate the transition from Mauritius to Dubai. Her presence was noticeable by many of the guests who made it second time. It was a fantastic opportunity for the Mauritian community to network, enjoy and build up business relation. Thanks to Radisson Blu Dubai Media City for this wonderful experience.

Event: World Youth Forum, Right to Dialogue
Venue: University Trieste, Italy
Date: 3rd to 6th October 2013

World Youth Forum – 6th Edition of “Right to Dialogue” is an International Forum for young people involved in solidarity in different countries of the world. It is an annual event organized by Associazione di volontariato “Poesia e Solidarietà” in collaboration with University of Trieste held in Trieste-Italy where more than 35 nationalities attended under the leadership of Professor Gabriella Valera Gruber, President of Associazione di Volontariato Poesia e solidarità.

Following my presentation on “Engage Yourself and Inspire Others”, I came up with an interactive Public Arts concept as a symbol of our engagement to support Right to Dialogue Forum through our printed hands and beautiful words from different countries. We are from different part of the world, different background, different mind-set, different ethnic group, different culture, different nationalities…. yet we are all young activists and ready to make a difference.

Event: Art Critic
Date: 28th September 2013

Art Critic is a novel initiative organized by Dubai Art Fan on Saturday 28th September. the concept is to get the arts of emerging artist in UAE to evaluate by professional artists and art collectors. There was a voting system and members of Jury categorize three key factors to provide their feedback: First Impression, Objective (Colors, shapes, lines and texture) and Subjective (Communication, sensory, Qualities and Mood.

I was the happy winner of this evening,My painting entitled “My Mosque” conquer the panelist, art collectors and others artists. Special thanks to Mona Al Assad and her Team for giving us this opportunity and the panelist feedback which was really constructive.

The painting entitled: My Mosque was inspired by a very powerful verses from the Holy Quran “Hasbunallah hou wa nirmalwakil”

Peace on the Sea
International Peace Day
Date: 21st September 2013

International Peace Day is celebrated on Saturday 21st September 2013. ZeeArts organized “Peace on the Sea” in collaboration with UMT-RTA. The main objective is to provide emerging artists with a new experience on a boat and paint in the spirit of networking and celebrating Peace Day. It was a unique experience for all the artists to paint on the waving boat. We live in a world where selfishness, thirst for power and conflict emerge on a daily basis and PEACE is a universal dream we all hope to achieve one day. This year the theme chosen by the UN is “Education for PEACE”.

We as artists/activists believe that education is the key to a bright future and can open doors for us as emerging artists. Through education, the concepts of solidarity & mutual respect among artists can be embodied in our hearts and with these qualities a ground for peace can easily be set.

We were 11 artists from different nationalities and we had the opportunity to have among us an International Artist- Ms Bari- A healing Arts Therapist. Special thanks goes to UMT-RTA for their support in this project and to all artists who attended

Date: 21st August 2013
Venue: Municipality of Port Louis, Mauritius

“An act of kindness, no matter how big or small, is never wasted”.

“Betty Back to Life” shows the very essence of compassion, generosity and patience. The story provides an insight of how a small action can bring tremendous inner satisfaction, happiness and ultimately can make a difference in the life of others. I have been inspired by a true story about my son Zeeshaan and his chick ‘Betty’.

The illustration has been selected among the 150 World’s finest artists-illustrators under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qassimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, in UAE for the 2nd edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. This edition brings a collection of exquisite, diverse and innovative illustrations made by the outstanding illustrators from Asia, Africa, Europe, America, Australia and this year from Mauritius as well.

After my nomination, I have decided to write a story to accompany the illustration and publish it to inspire the primary students. This community project is one of the objectives of Zee Arts Community which is a platform of emerging and leading artists where we foster community arts initiatives activities.

I would like to thank the Municipal Council of Port Louis, ENGEN and GBTT for their significant support and a special thanks goes to Ms yasmin Mohammed, Mini Menon and Norman Khan.

Date: 17th August 2013
Venue: Municipality of Port Louis

La Municipality de Port-Louis à organizé un concour de Dessin et la Poési dans le cadre de la Fête de la City. Le theme c’était: Nous les enfants de Port-Louis. En tanque que Jury, j’étais émerveillé par les aspirant d’ artistes, la conceptualization et la créativité. Les enfants sont nombreux à avoir participer. Une très bonne initiative de la Municipalité de Port Louis. Je suis fier d’être une Port-Louisienne

Date: 13th August 2013
Venue: Case Noyale-Mauritius

Initiative of W.H.O.C under the leadership of Audrey; we were at Case Noyale a village in Mauritius. Impressed how the children were so discipline and they wear their best outfit to attend the “Atelier de Peinture” at the community center. More than 100 children want to make their dreams into reality…

The theme was ” MY DREAMS” , we have the right to dream and make our dream into reality. Be focus, passionate and believe that there is nothing IMPOSSIBLE, I M POSSIBLE. These are the take away of the workshop.

With the valuable support of the Team, the children print their little hand in order to say YES I CAN MAKE MY DREAM INTO REALITY with a smile on their face…

Dear friends a small action can make a difference in the life of others, I would like to invite you to support WHOC coming projects for the paramount activities to support the vulnerable children in the pockets of poverty region.

Summer Affordable Art Sale 2013
Date 23rd Jun to 22nd August
Venue: Abu Dhabi Art Hub

It is a high initiative of Abu Dhabi Art Hub to promote the Summer Affordable Arts; Over 250 paintings representing the work of more than 25 artists display for the entire month. It was a unique opportunity that 26 Masters and Emerging artists in the UAE and beyond were invited to exhibit original artworks in various mediums under one roof at the Art Hub. Once again Thank you Abu Dhabi Art Hub for organizing this significant platform for Artist in UAE to network.

June 2013
Kids Arty Fiesta
Venue: Dubai Outlet Mall

Kids Arty Fiesta is an edutainment Art Show , inspired by the diverse gamut of contemporary form of Arts. The concept trigger the curiosity and instill the passion for Arts through Arts and craft, Photography, Culinary Arts, Story Telling, Music African Drums, Magic workshop and Balloon Twisting.

During these modernization trends, our children are more fascinated by the electronic games which not only create a significant impact of their psychological behavior but shape them into a system of dependence; eventually they don’t have time the space to develop their artistic talent and potential.

Kids Arty Fiesta is an opportunity for the kids to discover their artistic skills and develop in a healthy environment. The primary objective of this project is to educate children in a fun and friendly approach in order to celebrate creativity and imagination.

June 2013
Children Book Illustration Workshop
Venue: Maraya Art Center

ZeeArts in collaboration with Maraya Art Center organized a free workshop for “Children Book Illustration workshop” which is a project designed especially to trigger the imagination of children in relation to the theme of “Generosity.”

This workshop aims to highlight the inner creativity of children and help them to put their thoughts on paper, write and talk about their personal stories. This workshop has raised up their self-esteem and empowered them for illustrating a book. The two consecutive Saturday session gave the children the opportunity to practice their imagination, writing and drawing skills.

The passionate artists involved were Shefali, Wael, Mimi and Zaahirah who really enjoy this journey with the kids. However, the kids were proud to showcase their artworks and stories to their parents and went back with a take away of the word “Generosity” in their little mind.

This is one of the objective of ZeeArts to give back to the community.

The Big Picture Exhibition
Venue: Ductac, Mall of Emirates
6-8 June 2013

The BIG Picture is an independent art exhibition; self-funded and organized by 22 participating artists. The concept is inspired by a fast and busy society that often magnifies minor issues and gets caught up in the details of a demanding daily schedule, while ignoring the vision and the essence of where we are all heading as collectives or individuals and neglecting the significance of the journey and the overall process we each follow.

Children Illustration Book Exhibition
Sharjah Expo Center
Children Illustration Book Exhibition

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr.Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qassimi, the 2nd Edition of Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival welcome a beautiful ensemble of illustration of children’s Books created by a selection of top 150 World’s finest illustrations Artists. This initiative brings to the Emirates of Sharjah a collection of exquisite, diverse and innovative illustrations made by the best illustrators from Asia, Africa, Africa, Europe, North America, latin America, Australia and Mauritius.

It was the very first time to have a Mauritian on board for this Exhibition.