22 December 2019
His Excellency Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Musallam, President of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage (SIH), and Prof. Nadia AlHasni, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Sharjah, opened the art exhibition entitled "Modernity of Heritage", which displays a set of artworks for College students from the second year in interior design, in one of the exhibition halls at SIH. This was in cooperation with Bee'ah, who provided the recovered and recycled materials used in the implementation of the artworks of the exhibition. Dr. Mona Bounama, Director of Content and Publishing at the Institute, attended the opening ceremony along with Dr. Asem Moh'd Mofaleh Obeidat, Head of the Department of Interior Architecture and Design; Dr. Mohamed Youssef, Assistant Professor at the College; Engineer Bassem Abu Seneinah,
Director of Public Waste Management in Bee'ah; Dr. Dana Amr, the Supervisor of the Exhibition, and a number of members academic and administrative staff and college students.
On the sidelines of the opening of the Exhibition, His Excellency Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Musallam emphasized that this exhibition comes as part of the implementation of the joint cooperation agreement with the University of Sharjah of establishing and implementing many joint activities. The presented artworks aim to introduce the beautiful heritage to study, document and inspire by employing vocabulary and elements of Emirati heritage in beautiful artwork and designs. As preserving heritage, reviving its values and introducing it are among the basic tasks of the Sharjah Institute of Heritage, which is accredited by UNESCO.
For her part, Dr. Nadia AlHasni, the Dean of the College, stressed the importance that cooperation between the College and local institutions and bodies constitute as a main goal to achieve practical benefit for the College students. This Exhibition is a fruit of the collaboration between the College of Fine Arts and Design, the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, and Bee'ah, and the College is keen on adopting and supporting projects that modernize and preserve the local heritage.
Dr. Asem Obeidat and Dr. Dana Amr, Supervisors of the implementation of the Exhibition, added that all the 14 artworks presented for the second year students in the interior design specialization in the Interior Architecture and Design Department, are examples of pieces of furniture using elements inherited from the United Arab Emirates from several sources such as jewelry, craft tools, boats, fishing gears, and environmental elements, as an inspiration for furniture designs, which reflect the Emirati cultural identity. Consequently, the incorporation and inspiration of heritage as a source of contemporary design ideas in addition to the use of recycled materials (such as cardboard), used as a basic material in the implementation of works, aims at introducing the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability programs.