The program will feature Expanding Treasures, a project by this year’s lead artist, Amsterdam-based Suzan Drummen, who will be joined by a group of UAE-based apprentice artists and designers looking to specialize in children’s art education. The workshops will see families and children work together to create a large-scale temporary installation on-site at the fair, inspired by patterns, colors and eye-catching materials. During the sessions, children will be guided by Drummen and the apprentice artists in order to help them find the materials and themes they would like to explore. The sessions will allow the participants the opportunity to explore their creative potential.
For the first time, this year’s edition of the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program will also feature daily drop-in workshops. These additional sessions will allow more people to experience the program and join without requiring prior sign-up. One drop-in workshop will take place each public day for the duration of 2 hours.
REGISTER HERE FOR WORKSHOPS
The program’s fifth itineration will also feature its popular Discovery Tours, led by UAE-based and international artists.
The tailor-made tours are designed to enable young children to discover key pieces around the fair, with the works brought alive via thematic activity maps and the storytelling of the guides. The tours are split across three age groups (ages 5-7), (ages 8-12) and (ages 13-18).
REGISTER HERE FOR DISCOVERY TOURS
Suzan Drummen is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in the Netherlands. Her colourful works include installations made of glittering gems, crystals, precious stones, optical glass, mirrors and chrome-plated metals that have been laid freely on the ground. Upon closer inspection, the fine details dazzle and overwhelm the viewer with complex detail and stimuli, thus challenging and intensifying the viewer’s visual perception and experience.
Suzan Drummen realized more than 40 artworks in the public spaces and her work has been shown in many solo and group shows. The work is in several private and public collections including : Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht, Museum Bommel van Dam Venlo Europees Parlement Brussel, Centraal Museum Utrecht and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Drummen is a Fine Arts Professor at Minerva Art Academy Hanze University of Applied Sciences, in The Netherlands.