Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, FNC, and Sheikha Alia Al Qasimi, Founder of ‘Minbart’ have visited the fifth edition of the Sharjah Children Biennial young artists event at Sharjah Art Museum.
During their visit, which is exhibiting 376 artworks created by 785 children from all parts of the world, Al Kaabi and Al Qasimi planted seeds in the ‘Smart Garden’ box, a symbol of hope and goodness as depicted in the works of children participating in the biennial. The budding plants illustrate development and generosity as shown in Sharjah Children Centres’ vision, the organising body of the Sharjah Children Biennial.
Noura Al Kaabi and Sheikha Alia Al Qasimi toured the Biennial in the company of Reem BinKaram, President of SCB, and Dana Al Mazrouei, Curator of SCB, where they viewed the children’s artworks in each of the Biennial’s three categories: environment; architecture design; and fantasy and reality.
Al Kaabi said, "The continuation of the Sharjah Children Biennial for the fifth consecutive edition is another example of how we are extending and expanding humanitarian initiatives undertaken by the UAE to advance society with a focus on children, who are the hope of the future and the nucleus of our communities."
She pointed out that SCB offers an inspirational arena for children to showcase their artworks that combine creativity, innovation and innocence. "SCB deals with children’s issues from all around the world. This artistic and cultural event acts as a bridge that connects children and society by giving them the opportunity to convey their messages of hope, ability and ambition to the international community," Al Kaabi said.
The Minister of State for FNC Affairs expressed her profound thanks to the SCB organisers for helping children to develop their talents, expand their imagination and share their creative artworks, promoting the values of love, tolerance and goodness and enabling children to live in secure and stable societies.
Sheikha Alia Al Qasimi said, "This edition of SCB, themed ‘A World as Big as Your Imagination’, is an ideal cultural and artistic platform for children across the world to showcase their flair, innovation, insights and hopes. We have a clear window into their dreams and ambitions through their artworks."
"Characterised by remarkable submissions, the current edition highlights SCB’s dedication to reach children from around the world and empower those who are underprivileged and undergoing harsh conditions through wars, unrest, crises and conflicts in their own countries. SCB carries a message of peace and love to the whole world, painted by these young children to achieve happiness for all," Al Qasimi added.
Sheikha Alia Al Qasimi commended the innovative theme of the current edition. She stressed that it represents a chance for children to express themselves and their ideas, and paint a better tomorrow in a world where the values of giving, goodness and forgiveness prevail, where children can live peacefully, without fear and without conflict.