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20 leading artists to convene in Aqaba for int’l art symposium

By Camille Dupire - Nov 02,2017 - Last updated at Nov 02,2017

AMMAN — The Ayla Oasis Development Company (Ayla) on Thursday launched the second International Art Symposium that will see 20 leading artists from across the globe take part in a collective creative project.

Twenty Arab and international artists from the US, Russia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq and Morocco, among others will be brought together in a “unique artistic event” that will run through November 12.

Advisor of the Ayla Symposium, Jordanian artist Mohammad Jaloos, Told the Jordan Times: “We are organising this event at the great Ayla complex in Aqaba, which is a symbol of Jordan’s position as a world-class touristic destination.”

The 10-day artistic workshop will see renowned artists representing various art schools collaborate for in an immersive creative environment.

The art symposium will offer a unique cultural and artistic experience open to any art lover wishing to witness artistic work in progress.

“It is important for artists to get out of their studio and step outside of their comfort zone by creating a dialogue with other artists and exchange experiences and ideas,” Jaloos explained, noting that the painters and sculptors will also exchange about the various material and techniques they use.

This year’s symposium will honour two special guests for their lifetime achievements: French-Egyptian artist, cartoonist and graphic artist Georges Bahgoury and Adam Hanin, a noted sculptor and painter from Egypt.

The American Thomas Cox, who worked with the world-famous Jasper Jones and Robert Rosenberg will also be part of the event.

“Each artist will create two paintings during the workshop, which will later be included in the Ayla collection and displayed in various museums in the future,” the symposium supervisor said.

Osama Ganom, director, marketing and communications at Ayla, said: “In organising the international symposium in Aqaba, Ayla seeks to support cultural activities in Jordan and promote Aqaba’s tourism sector through encouraging art lovers to visit Ayla’s galleries as well as our advanced community facilities.”

On November 7, a workshop targeting local schoolchildren will be organised to give young students the chance to exchange and work with professional artists.

“Our aim is not only to shed light on the great artistic talents that we have worldwide. It is also to promote the arts and to support young artists,” Jaloos explained.

“It is the second time we organise this symposium and I am so pleased to see the wonderful artists who will attend the workshop,” Jaloos concluded.

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