The Farjam Collection launches School and University Programmes in collaboration with START

Published September 23rd, 2009 - 06:18 GMT

Last Monday of each month dedicated to tailor-made programmes for schools and university groups. A Preview for Education Leaders will open the scheme on September 28, 2009

The Farjam Collection has collaborated with START, an organisation linking child development with arts education, to launch School and University Programmes at The Farjam Collection. These programmes, held on the last Monday of each month, will offer students from grade-school through university the opportunity to learn from and enjoy a range of art exhibitions, from Islamic art and Quranic manuscripts, to exhibitions on modern and contemporary art.

A Preview will be held on September 28, 2009 to introduce educators to the Collection and future exhibitions schedule.

Emilie Faure, Collection and Exhibitions Manager, explained: “Art education is one of the core missions of The Farjam Collection @ DIFC and we are committed to engaging audiences with the artworks on display. For our current exhibition, The Holy Quran, START has joined us to develop materials for school children about the history of calligraphy and illumination. The guided tours and materials are tailored to specific age groups, allowing for children and students to learn about the artworks on display at a suitable level.”

The gallery will be opened on the last Monday of each month from 10 am -12 pm exclusively for the use of UAE schools and University groups.  

Sonia Brewin, Director of START, commented:  “The Farjam Collection’s School and University Programme is an excellent way to allow students to learn about art, from ancient calligraphy to contemporary practices.  The Collection presents an outstanding resource for UAE schools and universities; we hope the Programmes with START encourage public and family access. At START our expertise is in art education programmes and we are delighted to be working in partnership with such an important collection.”

Teachers accompanying the group of students will also receive a school pack containing images and materials for use back in the classroom as well as the exhibition catalogue in English and Arabic.

The current exhibition “The Holy Quran” features rare and important Quranic manuscripts from the 3rd to the 13th century AH and offers visitors a unique insight into the art of copying the Holy Book through the history of Islam. 

The Farjam Collection is open: Sunday to Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm; Saturday 12 pm to 8 pm.

All exhibitions and programmes are free and open to the public.

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