Funun Arts join hands to help rebuild Kerala
Touring exhibition of 28 artists to donate proceeds to aid flood-hit Indian state.
World Art Dubai 2019's participating gallery, Funun Arts, have joined hands to help rebuild the flood-affected Indian state of Kerala, with a touring exhibition of their works in the UAE.
Titled ‘Together We Can’, the exhibition’s aim is to donate the proceeds from the paintings’ sale to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.
Yasser Al Gergawi, director of programming and partnership at the Ministry of Tolerance, who is also a prominent figure in UAE’s art circles, opened the exhibition at Ghinwa Restaurant in Flora Hotel, Al Barsha on Thursday night.
Appreciating the artists’ efforts, Al Gergawi said: “This is how art becomes a soft power to rebuild our destroyed cities and destroyed minds in a much better way.”
The exhibition is organised by Funun Arts, a non-profitable group of artists formed by Shiba Khan and Farah Khan, two sisters from New Delhi in India, who have been living in Dubai for 10 years. “This exhibition is close to our heart because it is organised for a noble cause,” said Shiba.
While about a dozen artists will donate the full proceeds of the sale of their works to the cause, the rest will share 50 per cent of it, she said. Priced from Dh 1,000 and above, the paintings belong to a variety of genres ranging from landscape paintings and portraits to calligraphic paintings and abstract art works.
Portraits include those of the UAE’s founding father Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.