Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award to open for entries

DUBAI: The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award, YAA 2014, will open for applications from 1st July until 31st October. The award is organised under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, wife of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

Speaking on the occasion, Mona bin Kalli, Director of the Cultural Office of Sheikha Manal, said, “We are pleased to announce the official call for entries for the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award for 2014, which also marks the 9th edition of this award.” She continued, “The Award is one of the most important events within the U.A.E.’s ever growing arts and culture scene, as it serves as a critical platform to recognise talented young artists within the region. The primary objective of this award is to motivate and encourage artists when it comes to innovation and creativity.” The competition is divided into four categories, Fine Art, Photography, Multimedia and Design.

After announcing the nominations online, the public/visitors will have a chance to vote for their favourite art work via the People s Choice Award using the website s online voting feature.

The deadline to apply and upload entries to the body’s official web-site is 31st of October 2014 and the contest is open to all U.A.E. residents between the ages of 18 and 35. One major criterion for the award is that the artist should not have previously had an independent solo exhibition. The Awards’ prize money will amount to over AED400,000.