This year‘s programme expanded to include activities for teenagers as well as children (covering ages 5-16), and included workshops and Discovery Tours of the fair, led by both international and UAE-based artists.
The Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program 2014 included the commissioning of Australia-based artist Dylan Martorell, who works in drawing, installation and sound; for Art Dubai, he devised a set of dynamic and innovative workshops (for ages 5-8 and 9-12) that involved young artists creating sounds from drawings and instruments from upcycled materials. Workshops were led by Dylan Martorell and assisted by local artists Reem Falaknaz and Khawla Darwish. The programme also included workshops for UAE-based artists interested in developing their skills in both sound art and children’s art education.
2014 also featured the return of Discovery Tours (for ages 8-12 and 13-16), led by artists, including Athier Moussawi, Rania Jishi and Sara Naim. These tours enable young people to discover all aspects of the fair, with the works brought alive via a series of maps and the story-telling of the guides.
The programme is held under the patronage and guidance of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, Wife of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs UAE, and forms part of the activity of The Cultural Office.