SHARJAH—Around the world, the coronavirus pandemic has seen a flourishing of artistic responses by people moved to share their experiences and healing through art. In Sharjah, a project that aims to inspire and enlighten young artists in this challenging year has drawn an outpouring of responses from students and amateur artists hoping to be included in Sharjah Youth’s latest exhibition, “Art for All.”
Sharjah Youth, part of the Rubu’ Qarn Foundation, identifies talented young people between the ages of 13 and 18 and provides them with a space where they can cultivate their gifts and acquire skills through the institution’s eight centers around the emirate of Sharjah. Established in 2004, the program has activities across arts, sports, life skills, entrepreneurship, science and technology, and literature and languages.
The “Art for All” project, which will be on view later this month via a virtual platform, is open to artists in two age categories, under 18 and over, with artists as young as 6 hoping to be chosen.
More than 1,000 works were submitted in the first phase of the selection process, and the entries, all under the theme “Standing Apart Is Standing Together,” are flooded with reminders of a year in which the whole world changed, seen through the eyes of the imaginative youth experiencing it. The next phase will winnow the submissions down to a short list for the platform.