Artworks displayed at the 4th Sharjah Children Biennial have received overwhelming interest from visitors and connoisseurs of art and creativity, due to the high artistic skills showed by children and young people who created the works.
The biennial, which showcases nearly 550 artworks created by children and young people from 11 Arab and foreign countries, will move to the Children's Centre in Mughayder as of 9th of January.
Organised by the Department of Children Centres in Sharjah, in collaboration with the Sharjah Museums Department (SMD), the biennial is held across six halls. The exhibited works include paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, and multimedia, with all works created by artistic children and young people aged 6-18 years.
In an attempt to teach children how to express the details of their biographies and their wishes in a fun manner, a group of children are exhibiting their works in a section titled "Decipher the Code" where they show some features of their biographies through encoded shapes and numbers, so as to give visitors a chance to enjoy decoding these shapes and figures and transforming them into understandable texts.
Emirati artist Nasser Nasrallah, Curator of Sharjah Children Biennial, said, "The aim of these works is to combine fun and education and to develop the mental and artistic abilities of children by training them on how to turn questions in their minds and their life details into shapes, figures, and colours. Because the questions and texts are encoded, visitors, who see these works, must stop and think how to explore the meanings behind them, and this is what we are seeking through these paintings created by children, who may become talented artists and authors in the future."