Wednesday 28, October 2015

Dubai – MENA Herald: Art Jameel and the Crossway Foundation are pleased to announce the eight competition winners from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and the United Kingdom who will be travelling to Japan in November 2015 to experience one of the most inspiring cultures in the world on the creative adventure of a lifetime.

A total of 36 promising young artists from the Gulf and the UK were shortlisted from hundreds of entries and interviewed by panels of industry experts. Judging interviews took place in five cities: Jeddah, Riyadh, Dubai, Kuwait City and London. The eight winners have been selected for their creative and imaginative responses to this year’s Journey to Japan theme: “Encounters with Another World.”

“Our aim in organising these journeys is to identify and invest in the next generation of artists and creative entrepreneurs, to give them the opportunity to develop personally and professionally through first-hand experience of other cultures and art practices, and to provide them a platform to express themselves in an innovative and creative way,” says Imogen Ware, Managing Director of the Crossway Foundation.

Aya Alireza, Independent Curator and a judge of this year’s competition, said: “I really enjoyed meeting the artists and working alongside the other judges. It was a breath of fresh air and I can’t wait to track the winners through what looks like the trip of a lifetime.”