Art meets philanthropy as auction house Christie’s Dubai joins forces with ART 4 SIGHT for their annual charity event that takes place on 11 October at Dubai Design District, with all proceeds directed towards UAE-based NGO Noor Dubai Foundation.
This is Christie’s Dubai’s sixth time collaborating with ART 4 SIGHT and the idea behind the event is to promote artistic talent and support Noor Dubai in its efforts towards preventing visual impairment through its global and local programmes.
Majid Al Yousef. Horizon. 2017. Acrylic on canvas. 56 x 107 cm. Dhs16,00-16,800
A delectable selection of artworks will be up for sale with donations from around 35 regional and international artists. These include French artist el Seed, Iranian artist Afshan Daneshvar, Emirati artists HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Maktoum and Zeinab Al Hashemi, Sudanese artist Tagelsir Hassan, and Saudi artist Majid Al Yousef.
el Seed. Perception. 2017. Acrylic on canvas. 254 x 381 cm. Dhs48,000-80,000
el Seed, known for his wondrous swirls of calligraphy, has donated 17 individual artworks titled Helena. These are an extension of his famous project Perception that he created in the Cairo suburb of Manshiyat Nasr, and are all inspired by members of the Zaraeeb community, known for collecting trash in the vicinity for decades, paving the way for a seamless recycling system in the city.
HH Sheikha Lateefa’s archival print works titled Growth and Transition are up for sale and draw deeply on her experiences. "I’m influenced by my surroundings and the subtle and not-so-subtle changes that I see happening …," she said in a event catalogue. "As an artist, I’m intrigued by these changes that I try and capture as time passes, sometimes revisiting the same site multiple times to re-shoot as things develop, and to see the effect this has on the physical location as well as on the people living in the area."
HH Sheikha Latifa Bint Maktoum. Transition. 2017. Archival print. 121 x 151 cm. Dhs30,000-32,000
ART 4 SIGHT came about as an initiative in 2012 when 12-year-old Fatoumata from Mali regained her sight following an eye surgery performed by the Noor Dubai team. She was so fascinated by the spurts of colour around her that she tried her hand at painting while she was still in recovery. Noor Dubai continues its efforts towards preventing and creating awareness regarding blindness with mobile eye camps across Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Sudan and Nepal.