Contemporary Art comes to form at RAK Hospital

Published October 12th, 2009 - 11:58 GMT

RAK Hospital, a state-of-the-art healthcare facility jointly set up by the Ras Al Khaimah Government and ETA Star Healthcare, will host a unique contemporary art competition and exhibition on the theme ‘Tracking the Emirates, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi’ in March, 2010. With an aim to support and strengthen the local and regional art scene, the hospital has tied up with Swiss Art Gate UAE (SAGUAE) to host the three-month long exhibition beginning March 22, 2010. The registration to the competition is open up till December 10, 2009.

RAK Hospital and SAGUAE together promise exposure to the unique talent across the region. They intend to select artists who will create new artworks depicting their roots and experiences with the past, the present or future of life in the UAE. The artworks to be exhibited will include paintings, prints, installations, sculptures, video art or photographs, created especially for this exhibition. All entries will be judged by a professional jury to shortlist up to 15 artists whose selected works will be displayed at the exhibition.

Commenting on the exhibition, Dr. Arpan David, COO, RAK Hospital, said: “Our aim in organizing the event is to encourage the untapped talent to stand up on a professional and highly competitive platform, and thereby promote vigorous growth of art in the region. The hospital will provide each artist with the space to realize and manifest their ideas across the categories listed. As the exhibit will include the works of artists which have never been displayed before, it promises to be a great experience for visitors and art aficionados across the UAE.”

“This is a very unique event through which we seek to celebrate both the beauty of the region and the artists that aim to capture it. This competition will give many undiscovered artists an opportunity to have their work and talent recognized. RAK Hospital serves a great venue for the event as it is a beautiful state-of-the-art hospital which thrives on art and luxury.  We invite all artists to take advantage of this opportunity and visit RAK Hospital for the briefing on October 3, 2009,” said Mr. Kurt Blum, General Manager, Swiss Art Gate UAE (SAGUAE).

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