Ellington Art Foundation has announced a new nationwide art competition under the theme ‘The Art of The Silk Road’, to support aspiring and emerging artists in the UAE with commissioned pieces.
The competition will offer homegrown talent an opportunity to show off their creative work at one of Ellington’s residential projects, Wilton Terraces in Dubai.
Artists, photographers and designers aged 18 plus can submit concepts for paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations under the theme of The Silk Road – a network of trade routes that connected the East and West and was central to the economic, cultural, political, and religious interactions between these regions until the18th century.
Works should fuse Eastern and Western cultures, using a neutral palette and earth tones.
Creative types have until October 31 2020 to take part and after that, entries will be reviewed by a panel of experts: Juan Roldan, AUS associate professor; Esra Lemmens, art director; Louise Duggan, art consultant; Robert Booth, managing director, Ellington Properties; and Laura Bielecki, senior interior design manager, Ellington Properties.
Winners bag exhibiting space at Wilton Terraces in Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City and cash to support crafting the masterpieces.
They’ll join art installations and pieces produced and commissioned as part of earlier Ellington initiatives include Emirati artist, Khalid Shafar’s sculpture – Palm Bouquet in the reception lobby of Belgravia, Hamama, a suspended art installation created by design students of the American University of Sharjah in Belgravia II and ‘V’, a wooden wall sculpture by Nour Daou in Eaton Place.