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Diverse educational and public programming opens at Manarat Al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi

posted on 21/03/2017: 727 views

A comprehensive programme of free public events and workshops has been designed to allow the public to explore the themes of The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence, the second exhibition of artworks from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection, now open at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island until 29th July 2017. Featuring works by more than 25 artists from different nationalities and generations, the exhibition explores the related themes of performance, process, and presence through a variety of mediums. Public programmes and workshops are aimed at attracting a broad spectrum of ages beginning at three and above, as well as workshops and events aimed specifically at educators and parents.

A selection of workshops encourages parents, children, teens and young adults to engage with the creativity on display in the exhibition through a wide variety of activities. Each workshop is directly linked to a specific artwork in the exhibition and allows the participants to engage with the topics and themes of the exhibition on a more in-depth level. Tailored hands-on activity tours allow children to create art with a parent or caregiver. Adults and teens are also offered the opportunity to explore the themes of the exhibition through an array of workshops focusing on the different aspects of the creative process including movement, performance, sound and sculpture.

An Educator Resource Guide has been developed for educators to use in the classroom to prepare students for visits to the exhibition. The guide provides techniques for connection with the visual arts and other subject areas relating to curricula used in schools and other educational institutions. The guide features an exhibition overview focusing on major themes, classroom activities, discussion questions, and a vocabulary guide. For the educator, this exhibition provides a perfect opportunity to invite students of all ages to take part in an exciting, engaging, and experiential journey.

Sharifa bin Horaiz, Education Manager for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, at TCA Abu Dhabi, said, "Education and public engagement, in particular with the schools and students from all grades, is an important aspect of this exhibition, as it allows us the opportunity to really share our curatorial narrative and themes with all segments of the audience, and especially the younger generations who will be visitors of the future museum. The Creative Act exhibition is unique in the way it allows us to view and experience many different mediums to explore, and discover different avenues of creativity to engage with. The series of workshops for families, kids, and teens are designed to foster creativity in everyone and to provide them with invaluable educational experiences. We encourage everyone who is visiting the exhibition to take part and explore the themes of performance, process and presence."

The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series will return on 4th April 2017 for a panel discussion entitled, Anish Kapoor: The Creative Act, which will explore Kapoor's unique body of work with a focus on his monumental sculptural installations such as My Red Homeland included in The Creative Act.

Beginning on 14th April 2017, the selection of public programmes will include a collaboration between performance artist Susan Hefuna and New York University Abu Dhabi's Attitude Dance Society. Through performance, the dancers visually interpret Hefuna's drawings and urban movement and choreography that unfold every day at crossroads in Abu Dhabi. After the performance, guests are invited to an extended evening of music, art, and activities that relate to the artwork featured in the exhibition and its main themes of performance, process, and presence.


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