CHILDREN & TEENS 2017



The Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs UAE.


Art Dubai’s not-for-profit programme includes workshops, publications and discovery tours for children and teenagers, created especially for the fair by international and UAE-based artists. Each March, we partner with The Cultural Office to produce the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program, designed to provide access to skills and ideas for UAE-based children and teenagers aged 5-17 with the long-term aim of encouraging young people to get involved and excel in the arts.

 


The Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program (SMLAP) 2017 included the commissioning of Amsterdam-based artist Suzan Drummen, whose practice focuses on installations that challenge and intensify the viewer’s visual perception and experience. 





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.



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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).



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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.