The Department of Cultural Affairs in the Department of Culture in Sharjah organized the sixth edition of the “Kateeb Creations” exhibition for the regions of Sharjah, Eastern and Central, yesterday, at the homes of calligraphers in the Calligraphy Square.
The exhibition comes under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and His Highness’ directives to achieve interest in Arabic calligraphy from an important area in the overall cultural project whose originality enhances His Highness’ cultural and artistic vision.
The sixth session included 95 written works that varied in the fonts included in the exhibition’s work methodology, namely: Al-Raq’a, Al-Naskh, and Al-Diwani, for 57 participants from the Katateeb Program’s affiliates of different age groups, at Al Qasimia University, the mosques of Sharjah, and affiliates of the Women’s Union Society in the emirate, as well as Affiliates from three schools from the Eastern and Central regions, and Sharjah, in addition to participants from various Arab and foreign nationalities.
The exhibition panels constituted a remarkable visual vision based on the creativity of the participating students. The works included Qur’anic, poetic and creative texts, adorned by vibrant Arabic fonts that emerged from a vital work, and represented in the cloth filled with the Arabic letter, saturated with the appropriate color and adaptation, and reflected various calligraphic visions.
Abdullah Muhammad Al Owais, Chairman of the Department of Culture in Sharjah, and Muhammad Ibrahim Al Qasir, Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs in the department, toured the corridors of the exhibition, and listened to the explanations of the participating students and course supervisors, including professors and specialists in the field of Arabic calligraphy.
During the tour, Al Owais said: “We are pleased to find a distinguished letter in this vital and creative program that supports Arabic calligraphy, and we urge you to continue creativity,” stressing that His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah has made Sharjah an open creativity workshop. He pointed out that the Arabic calligraphy centers are working hard on a daily basis to extract talents, stressing the enlightening role of the program in spreading and preserving Arab and Islamic culture, including the culture of Arabic calligraphy.
The “Kataateeb” program was announced in conjunction with the coronation of Sharjah as the world capital of Islamic culture in 2014, while the beginning of the year 2015 began, and its courses continued over those years with unchanged brilliance and giving, and the program was able to educate hundreds of participants.