Zayed University signs MoU with Urban Arts Projects

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Published March 23rd, 2017 - 07:34 GMT
During the event
During the event

Zayed University (ZU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Urban Arts Projects (UAP), a global company curating and constructing public art projects recently at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi campus.

The MoU came to reinforce collaboration with UAP in mutually beneficial initiatives such as specific public art projects, strategies and masterplans, curatorial development with sourcing and curating artists, workshops and concept development sessions and events and to enhance culturally collaborative public art projects for ZU artists and alumni.

Present at the event were Dr Marilyn Roberts, Provost at Zayed University, Ann-Maree Reaney, Dean of the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises (CACE), David Howarth, Assistant Dean of the CACE, Walter Willems, Zayed University Exhibition Coordinator, Mathew Tobin, Director of UAP, HE Donna Massie Trade and Investment Commissioner, Middle East Trade & Investment Queensland – Queensland Government, Australia, and Geoffrey Schuhkraft, Senior Advisor Middle East Relations, Queensland Government, Trade & Investment Queensland.

Speaking on the occasion, Ann-Maree Reaney said:“ It is a wonderful opportunity for our students and alumni to work with a prestigious global company such as UAP, on projects integrating public art administration, and public art strategies.

We look forward to participating and collaborating on selected projects, in the UAE and surrounding region. I see this opportunity as mutually beneficial, CACE students will receive training and mentoring by leading international specialists in the field of public art, and students will bring a strong context of cultural and heritage advising and Emirati presence to these collaborations.”

She also added: “It will be a great example of youth, innovation and knowledge development in the art and design sector, in the UAE. Public art and cultural precinct development is a significant player in making our public spaces more liveable and crucial to our health and sense of well-being.”

UAP collaborates with artists, architects, designers, property developers and local authorities to deliver creative outcomes for the public realm. Its ground-breaking approach to using materials, experimentation and research in innovative fabrication methods has been the key to its success.

UAP is currently working on several international projects, including the curatorial vision and public art program of Queen’s Wharf in Brisbane with kinetic artist Ned Khan and a large scale artwork with Lawrence Argent at Uniwalk, a mixed-use development in north Shenzhen, China.

Speaking on behalf of the Queensland Government Commissioner,  Donna Massie said: “It is great to see such a strong collaboration formed around the arts and it only strengthens the broad collaborative agreement between Abu Dhabi and Queensland. Queensland, being a state of innovation and a great supporter of the arts is excited about the future of this collaboration and the opportunities it will provide both parties.” 

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Zayed University

Zayed University is a national and regional leader in educational innovation. Founded in 1998 and proudly bearing the name of the Founder of the Nation – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, this flagship institution has met the President’s high expectations. Today, Zayed University has two modern campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that welcome both national and international students.

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