Inspired by the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi exhibition, The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence, the Pose|Photo|Paint and Move|Draw|Perform workshops invited participants to explore the creative process. Held at Manarat Al Saadiyat on 13th May, the Pose|Photo|Paint workshop invited children ages 6 to 12 to wear an outfit made of lights and pose for a photograph that served as a basis for a colourful semiabstract painting. Informed and inspired by the work of Susan Hefuna, the Move|Draw|Perform workshop invited adults and teens to use the human figure like a moving scribe, incorporating dance and drawing.
The exhibition’s comprehensive programme of free public events and workshops is aimed at encouraging parents, children, teens and young adults to engage with the creativity on display in the exhibition through a wide variety of activities. Each workshop is directly linked to a specific artwork in the exhibition and presents the participants with an in-depth outlook into the topics and themes of the exhibition. Tailored hands-on activity tours, especially designed for children to create art with a parent or caregiver, and an array of workshops for teens and adults, offer the opportunity to explore the themes of the exhibition on the different aspects of the creative process including movement, performance, sound and sculpture.
On Thursday 18th May, Do Art, Do It Now! a multimedia, interactive evening featuring The Creative Act commissioned artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian and special guests, will blur the boundary between art and life by presenting a series of performances drawing on poetry, music, and theatre. Mirroring the trio’s working method, this not to be missed programme brings together artists, curators, friends, and audience members to participate in an evening of interconnected events that celebrate creativity and the value of fun, humour, and participation.