The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi launches Illustrators and Art Corner Competition

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the launch of the Illustrators’ and Art Corner Competition, which will take place during the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) from 24 – 30 April.

This new competition is part of DCT Abu Dhabi’s efforts to make poetry and literature – especially proverbs and adages – a source of inspiration for illustrators.

During ADIBF 2019, DCT Abu Dhabi will encourage participants of all nationalities to draw inspiration from Arab poetry and also the works of poetess Ousha Al Suwaidi (Fatat Al-Arab), who has been chosen as the focused personality of ADIBF 2019. The competition will also focus on the ‘Year of Tolerance’, with organisers encouraging illustrators to seek inspiration from poetry and literary works that promote acceptance and solidarity.

The competition will be divided into two categories; professional illustrators and amateur illustrators. The judging panel will be made up of representatives from DCT Abu Dhabi as well as experts in the field.

The entrants will be judged on professional execution, aesthetic technique, and harmony between the illustration and the original source of inspiration. The panel will also judge technical standards and the illustration’s ability to convey a holistic image with a clear meaning and to transform words into pictorial form.

Applications for the competition are now open and will be accepted until March 4, 2019, with the winners to be announced during ADIBF 2019.

The competition aims to offer a platform to both artists and amateurs alike to express their creativity, while gaining greater exposure for their talents.

The winners of the competition will receive AED3,000 in the professional category and AED2,000 in the amateur category, as well as commemorative shields.

Applicants can e-mail the Competition Committee at [email protected] to participate. The Competition Committee will respond to applications from March 4, 2019 onwards.

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