Artwork by children to go on display in Sharjah from January 15 to February 15


The 5th Sharjah Children Biennial (SCB) will showcase 376 works of art by children from 27 Arab and foreign nationalities. Held under the title “A World as Big as Your Imagination,” the Biennial will run from Jan.15 to Feb.15.

The biennial has established itself as a creative medium where children from across the world have the chance to express themselves artistically and showcase their talents. The event is designed to give them the opportunity to reflect on how they see the world around them and provide them with an outlet to highlight their hopes for a peaceful and happy future for themselves and for generations to come.

For the 5th edition of the biennial, the organisers had received a total of 792 artworks, out of which 376 artworks were selected by the jury comprised of eminent artists who selected the artworks as the hopes and dreams of children from around the world were a dominant theme in their works.

The exhibition of the artworks will complement an array of cultural activities, workshops and other related events that will be held throughout the biennial.

President of the Biennial Reem BinKaram said that ever since its inception in 2008, the art event has been bringing together promising talent from around the world in Sharjah to create artwork that reflects their cultures. This has contributed to establishing Sharjah as a leading arts destination.

Outlining details of fifth edition of the biennial, Curator Dana Al Mazrouei said that 792 pieces of art were submitted by 1,663 children from across the globe, with the total figure comprising 687 individual submissions and 105 group submissions.

Of the group submissions, 34 pieces were submitted by children from the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan and eight from Dar Zayed Orphanage in the Maldives. However, 376 artworks were selected for the exhibition following a rigorous screening process that was focused on the quality of artworks, ideas, and artistic process.

She underlined that the selection of artwork was based on specific artistic criteria, with the overall winners in the biennial’s three competition categories of Architecture Design, Environment, and Fantasy and Reality. The works were selected on the basis of their creativity, originality, clarity of theme, presentation, technique and organisation.

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