2011 Focus on Education

A range of educational initiatives mark The Farjam Foundation’s role as a leading centre for education in the visual arts




Farhad Farjam, founder of The Farjam Foundation @ DIFC and Distinguished Patron of the Arts will this Saturday speak on the Social Responsibility of Art Collectors at the Barjeel Art Foundation, alongside celebrated collectors Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi and Kito de Boer. The panel marks the first in a series of educational initiatives for 2011 organized by The Farjam Foundation as part of its on-going commitment to art education in the region.



As one of its most noteworthy projects to date, The Farjam Foundation is proud to support the Emirates Foundation’s Art and Culture Programme by acting as an educational facility for its Museum Studies course.  For the week of 30th January – 3rd February The Farjam Foundation will close its doors to the public to allow the students exclusive access to the exhibition and space. The course features speakers from some of the most important art institutions in the region today.  As partner, The Farjam Foundation @ DIFC offers students a museum environment in which they can put theory into practice by drawing on The Farjam Foundation as an educational resource for understanding museum practices.


“We are very proud to support the work of the Emirates Foundation with this initiative,” commented Emilie Faure, Collection and Exhibitions Manager at The Farjam Foundation.  “We are delighted to continue in our mission to provide unique educational opportunities for young art enthusiasts by partnering with such a prestigious and respected organization.”



During this week, The Farjam Foundation will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, 2 February from 1.00pm – 1.30pm for the next edition in its popular First Wednesdays series.   The Farjam Foundation is honoured to welcome Salwa Mikdadi, Head of Arts and Culture Programme at the Emirates Foundation, an accomplished art historian, curator and specialist in Arab art, who will lead a guided visit of the current exhibition Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art.



The coming month also sees the last chance to sign up for School and University Programmes currently running alongside the Nujoom exhibition.  University students are offered an in-depth guided tour of the exhibition, designed to introduce them to the broader themes that feature in modern and contemporary Arab art.  School children are provided with exclusive access to the exhibition with tailored hour-long sessions, featuring age-specific activity sheets and supervision by trained docents.  



Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art reveals a broad range of styles and artistic concerns that pervade modern and contemporary Arab art, featuring works by Egyptian artist Mahmoud Said, one of the Arab world's greatest modern painters, the signature pieces of Paul Guiragossian and Palestinian, Lebanese-born artist Mona Hatoum, famed for her large-scale installations.  The exhibition runs until the end of February.