Following 5 successful runs since its inaugural edition in 2017, Art Connects Women (ACW) will once again take centre stage as the largest leading women art exhibition in the UAE and surrounding regions. Organised by ZeeArts Gallery, from the 8th to 11th of March 2023, Dubai will play host to an extensive array of art works by 112 women artists, each representing their 112 home country in this annual showcase of creative prowess.
The 4-day art extravaganza aligns its purpose with that of International Women’s Day, thus centering its intentions on providing the most optimal representation of women in the art sector while taking greater strides in empowering the female gender in achieving new heights – all these to be activated on a global scale. This coming year, the management of survivability will take a back seat to the work of renewal, growth, and progression. To dream is to inject courage into thoughts, and dreams are the beginning of all new ideas that can be made real. As such, the exhibition theme has been aptly named ‘Dare to Dream’.
Education trumps ignorance, and to educate has always been Art Connects Women’s leading advocacy to better navigate the ever-shifting landscapes of the art world. To equip women artists with the appropriate skill sets, ACW furthers its pedagogical efforts through the hosting of conferences – with assistance from industry experts and leaders – which aim to shed light on often-neglected areas in the field. Our conference theme is about “Fostering a Sustainable Art and Cultural Ecosystem” where we will introduce three panel discussions: Art and Finance, Embrace Equity and Focusing on Female Architect and Cultural Heritage.
The second night welcomes artists from across disparate cultures, nationalities, and social backgrounds to mingle and interact in the concentration of creative spirit that pervades the gathering. All things good in history remain documented for future generations to reference, and it is no different with the annual Art Connects Women initiative. Each artist will have their artwork and their portrait perpetuated within the Art Book entitled ‘Women Artists around the World’ — now on to its 4th volume. These books will remain in the private collections of the Art Connects Women stakeholders, public showcase in libraries, as well as distributed to the artists.
Finally, the philosophy of Art Connects Women is one of celebration. As the curtains gradually get drawn over the event, a final tribute is to be paid to all participating artists for their strength, courage, determination, and messages of empowerment to the creative sector, women in the world, as well as all of humanity. The award ceremony ensures that every woman gains that recognition that their selfless contributions are valued, and that they play a significant role in fostering a society that is inclusive, altruistic, and above all, human.
“ACW extends its gratitude and thanks to all our partners for supporting through the ESG’ mission and is thankful to all those incredible talented individuals who are working tirelessly to create a global impact,”said Zaahirah Muthy, Founder of Art Connects Women.
About ZeeArts Gallery
ZeeArts is a global art incubator nestled in Dubai having a branch in Mauritius, with a mission to Connect, Collaborate, and Celebrate the arts through our line-up of artistic initiatives and projects. Since its inception in 2017, their calendar has been booked up fully with diverse artistic and cultural initiatives.
In a bid to promote inclusivity for the betterment of society and embracing the SDGs, ZeeArts strongly advocates for gender parity under the banner of Art Connects Women, with their core values in crafting artistic initiatives. With an approach of integrity, they have launched the premiere Mauritius International Art fair, Africa Speaks-54 and SDGs through Arts. ZeeArts has curated over 80 art exhibitions in UAE, France,
Mauritius, Georgia, Lebanon and Singapore.