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Art Week Amman hosts full range of workshops set to give art enthusiasts space for enlightenment

Jordan: Sunday, September 08 - 2013 @ 16:42

Organized by ArtMedium, AWA will be transforming the city’s art galleries and cultural centers into an inviting space for enthusiasts seeking to enrich their knowledge of the arts.

Nabad Art Gallery will be hosting artists Ikbal Shukri-Tannir and Dina Haddadin on Tuesday September 10th, 2013 where they will be speaking about the concepts, techniques, and experiences that had served as inspirations for the works to be seen in their upcoming exhibit titled ‘The Brush and the Chisel’. This event will be held within an informal discussion titled ‘Artists’ Talk’.

Furthermore, artists Basel Uraiqat and Basma Abdallah will discuss and explain the concepts and ideas inspiring the development of the artwork in ‘Carving Shadows’ to be seen in his upcoming exhibit titled TRI/Angulate. The lecture, held on September 13th 2013 at Jacaranda Images as part of the ‘Meet the Artist’ series, sheds light on this artist’s study of lines and angles to create a three-dimensional wall-mounted pieces from multi-layered paper stencils and more. On the following day, also as part of the ‘Meet the Artist’ series, Zara gallery will host Reem Yassouf who will be sharing with the audience the concepts that had inspired her art works, which will take place on the 14th of the month.

Also, Wajha initiative are holding a seminar to share their stories, discuss the situation of local signage, and how signage systems use commercial fonts versus calligraphy and lettering through a detailed demonstration on the 9th of September.

For people interested in learning more about the environment surrounding the art industry in Amman, the Creative Industries Project, funded by the European Union and implemented through the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC), adds to AWA’s agenda several intriguing art lectures. All hosted at the Institut Francais (French Cultural Center in Amman) between September 10th and September 12h, 2013, these lectures tackle the legal environment surrounding artists, the marketing of artwork, alongside other topics. As part of this project, the Institut Francais will host three separate workshops as part of a series titled ‘Market your Creativity’. Conducted by Former Director of MySpace France, Virginie Berger, these workshops are aimed at helping aspiring artists to market their creative practices.

Also as part of this project, the Institut Francais, will host a lecture titled ‘Amman Est / Amman Ouest: Disparités Sociales et Politiques Urbaines’ on September 12th 2013, which will be outlining the different public policies implemented to resolve the gap between East and West within the city of Amman.

In line with AWA’s aims to make art education within the easy reach of all community sectors, it will also feature a full host of educational workshops open to school students, university students, as well as the general public. The workshops include ‘Art Museums Now!’ by Dr. Khairiya Amr and Dr. Khaled Khreis which will be held at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts on September 9th.

The event’s agenda will also comprise an illustration and fashion workshop to be conducted at the same location on September 11th by Shamekh El Bluwi. Furthermore, a lecture titled ’Not Art’ will also be held at the Jordan National Gallery on September 12th by Shereen Quttaineh, while the Institut Francais will be hosting Myriam Ababsa on September 13th, where she will be holding a lecture titled ‘Amman Mental Mapping’. Additionally, another art learning opportunity will be offered through Samia Al Zaru’s workshop; ‘Explore and Express’, which will be held at her studio on Saturday 14th of September.

Last but not least, the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts will also host a lecture on Studying Academic Painting and Drawing in the 21st Century on Tuesday the 10th of September, where artist Izdihar Afyouni talks about her experience as a student of painting and drawing in the Classical Realist tradition in an academy that was modeled after the French and Russian Ateliers of the 18th and 19th centuries. The talk which will also tackle how modern conceptual artists can benefit from the study of traditional artistic disciplines, includes an introductory workshop to sight-size drawing.

Commenting further on the art lectures and workshops lined up for the event, Founder and General Manager of ArtMedium, Sarah Abu Alia says, “The wide range of lectures forming part of AWA’s agenda are set to cater to a full spectrum of tastes and preferences. The event will surely provide aspiring artists, professional artists, and art fans with a great opportunity to educate themselves more on the disciplines of art. Through this line-up of activities and especially the diverse range of lectures we are hosting, our aim is to raise the level of artistic awareness amongst our fellow citizens and regional peers and in doing so we aspire to position Amman as a regional hub for art expression and education.”

It is worth noting that ArtMedium had previously held a series of successful art events including: Souq Fann and the Amman Street Art Fair. These events were all attended by thousands of local art enthusiasts, and this success has inspired the company to now venture into the regional art scene as well.

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