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15 November, 2023

Dubai Culture offers a series of courses on Arabic Calligraphy, ornamentation and gilding

Throughout November, as part of Dubai Calligraphy Biennale, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is presenting an enriching programme of knowledge and creativity as part of the ‘Arabic Calligraphy, Ornamentation, and Gilding Courses project running until September 2024. This initiative is dedicated to nurturing emerging talents and inspiring them to explore the world of Arabic calligraphy and Islamic ornamentation. Dubai Culture is committed to preserving, promoting, and fostering an environment for the growth of this art, encouraging creatives to exhibit their talents and further their skills.
The project features approximately 11 diverse activities and workshops tailored to provide fresh educational and informative avenues for Arabic calligraphy enthusiasts. These workshops are open to aspiring artists, students from educational institutions, professionals, and anyone passionate about Arabic calligraphy. Participants can refine their skills in classical Arabic calligraphy and unlock its creative intricacies under the guidance of seasoned experts and specialists in this field.
In November, Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children will host training workshops illuminating the Thuluth and Naskh calligraphic styles and Diwani and Jali scripts. Additionally, educational workshops in ornamentation and gilding will be offered. Dubai Public Libraries will organise specialised workshops and engaging discussions tailored for school students, while Thukher Social Club will provide workshops and training lectures designed for senior citizens. Simultaneously, the Dubai Club for People of Determination will conduct diverse workshops specifically curated for individuals with special needs. This series will spotlight the unique characteristics of classical calligraphy, its aesthetics, and its interplay with decorative arts and gilding. Participants will have the opportunity to refine their skills in lettering and composition, gaining insights into the principles of ornamentation and gilding, including foundational elements, innovative materials, colouring techniques, and the distribution of decorative elements.
Dubai Culture is also hosting a virtual symposium via Microsoft Teams, focusing on the theme of ‘Creative Writing.’ This symposium explores various facets of creative writing, including techniques, key elements, foundational principles, and methods for critiquing and analyzing artistic works across diverse subjects.
Khalil Abdulwahid, Director of the Fine Arts Department at Dubai Culture, expressed the authority’s dedication to nurturing local emerging talents, allowing them to explore the art of Arabic calligraphy and express their artistic ideas and visions, saying: “This project enriches the creative atmosphere in Dubai, offering a platform for everyone to delve into the intricacies of Arabic calligraphy and the aesthetics of ornamentation. Participants gain exposure to a rich array of new artistic experiences, workshops and activities that are thoughtfully designed to help participants discover Arabic calligraphy’s beauty, history, and diverse schools. This endeavour fosters creative abilities, encourages innovation, and enhances talents and imagination to produce professional artwork. The project significantly strengthens Dubai’s cultural and creative industries, further establishing the city as a thriving hub for artistic talent.”