The Farjam Collection celebrates its first year anniversary with prestigious prize and fresh new educational programmes

Published March 25th, 2010 - 10:22 GMT

The first anniversary of The Farjam Collection’s opening at DIFC comes with the gifting of the Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award to its founder and patron Dr Farhad Farjam.  Dr Farjam was honoured with the award for the depth of his contribution to the arts landscape in Dubai, having fostered several groundbreaking cultural initiatives that have raised the bar for arts patronage in the region.  Speaking on behalf of all recipients at the ceremony, Dr Farjam commented, “this recognition will undoubtedly encourage more individuals and institutions to exercise their social responsibility and support endeavours of merit and I express my deepest gratitude for the award”.

As part of The Farjam Collection’s dedication to patronage and community outreach, following its owner’s recognition by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, a series of educational programmes will shed light on the works currently on display at The Farjam Collection @ DIFC.  Educational institutions, collectors, students and art lovers will view Iran Inside Out as part of Dr. Farjam’s vision to further develop arts patronage in the Emirates.  Yesterday during Art Nights @ Gate Village, Emilie Faure, Collection and Exhibitions Manager at The Farjam Collection, led a public tour of the exhibition. The next edition of short lunch-time guided tours First Wednesdays will take place on April 7, 2010.  Each tour is led by a different expert to offer visitors a new angle on the works on display. Tailor-made programmes for school children and university groups are on offer through June 15, 2010.

A key element of its commitment to educational outreach, the broad range of programmes on offer give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the works on display.  The current exhibition, Iran Inside Out features highlights form the exhibition in New York alongside some of the finest examples of contemporary Iranian art drawn from Dr. Farjam’s own collection. “Around 50 artworks are exhibited, including paintings, sculptures and works in mixed media, as well as photography. The result is a richly varied portrait of 27 contemporary artists challenging the conventional perceptions of Iran and Iranian art. Our educational programmes offer the public the chance to learn more about each individual piece and allow visitors to study and analyze these works in more depth,” explains Emilie Faure, Collections and Exhibitions Manager, The Farjam Collection. 

The Farjam Collection has taken part in a wide variety of events during the Art Dubai Fair to showcase the exhibition and reaffirm its dedication to the arts in the UAE. These included a guided tour given by curator Sam Baradouil, a panel discussion by curators Sam Bardaouil, Till Fellrath and cultural commentary from the DCAA’s Mishaal Al Gergawi.  Dr. Farjam also took part in a debate on how to build and sustain patronage at Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum.

First Wednesdays are held from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m and include refreshments courtesy of Florian. 

 The Farjam Collection is generously supported by the Hafiz Foundation.

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