With a near double increase in the number of artworks submitted in just a span of three years, the Noon Arts Award organized by Collage Talent Center at Sharjah Ladies Club (SLC) has grown both in size and stature, and now attracts the participation of a high caliber of artists from across the nation.
While 110 artworks were shortlisted for the first round of screenings in its debut edition in 2017, the number doubled to 240 last year, and has risen significantly for its third edition this year, rising to 340 submissions, which have been picked from a total of 469 entries to be evaluated by the jury.
Open to female artists and photographers from all over the UAE, including locals and expatriates, the Noon Arts Award was launched in 2017 to motivate talented young artists and provide a platform to showcase their creative abilities to a larger audience and to thereby enrich the vibrant cultural and arts landscape of Sharjah.
Awarded in three categories – painting, photography, and the newly introduced digital art, the quantitative growth of the Noon Arts Award has been matched in equal measure by the outstanding skill and quality of submissions. UAE residents belonging to almost 37 countries have participated in all the three categories that are judged across two age groups – 18 to 24 and 25 to 40.
The 2019 theme, ‘After the Rain,’ encouraged artists to showcase, in a creative and artistic manner, the myriad feelings that spring up after rainfall.
With 210 artworks, painting took the major share of entries chosen by the jury. Of these, 52 entries were by UAE nationals. The trend followed in the photography section too with UAE photographers accounting for 23 of the total of 76 entries. Digital art, which was launched this year to give female artists practicing all forms of art the opportunity to participate, had a total of 44 shortlisted entries.
Shaikha Al Suwaidi, Manager of Collage Talent Center, said: “This year’s edition of Noon Arts Award has attracted a line-up of extremely talented female artists from across the UAE. This not only furthers SLC’s efforts to offer women of all age groups in the UAE community a platform to express themselves and their craft, but also advances Sharjah’s prominence as a leading destination for culture and art, which has been made possible due to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs.”
“Since its inception in 2017, the Noon Arts Award has evolved to become one of the key highlights of the cultural calendar of the emirate of Sharjah,” she added. “In our first year, 292 entries were received in total while the following year, it rose to 340 submissions. This year, 469 artists have sent in their artworks to us. We are delighted by the significant growth of the award within just a short period, which is a testament to the development of a flourishing arts community across the UAE.”
The selected artworks showcasing the very best artistic talent amongst the various nationalities and cultures that reside in the UAE, will be on display from November 18 – 21, 2019 at the Kunooz Ballroom at SLC.