‘BEYOND BORDERS’ BY ART4You GALLERY

(Saju Nair - Dubai) A fun group of enormously talented students in the range of 5 to 16 Years were engulfed in the spotlight on 11th Jan 2019 with their beautiful creations which has undoubtedly stupefied and entertained the art world in The United Arab Emirates. The evening was a joy filled time as young, enthusiastic and creative minds were overcome with excitement to share their works of art to the greater public. Elegant artworks in diverse mediums of assorted subjects in distinctive sizes and shapes adorned the beautiful ambience of Studio Seven Gallery which has gifted proud and memorable moments for the students and their parents.

The year 2019 had witnessed a comparative increase in the number of art gatherings taken place in the UAE as compared to previous years which indicates the increasing popularity of the art industry in the region. An important factor that must be noted is that all of these gatherings, specifically designed and presented by various galleries, has proven to be commercially successful for the artists and has also inculcated confidence and the motivation needed to climb higher in their artistic career. Among many, ART4You is one of those galleries which has conducted numerous gatherings, be it Group Art exhibitions, Solo Exhibitions, Live Painting shows, Art Talks etc. and these efforts have gained global appreciation and acceptance. With amazing organizing capabilities and specialized curating abilities, yet again Jesno Jackson, the founder of ART4You gallery, has imprinted her prominence in the art industry.

With a clear vision and a powerful sense of determination and motivation to promote art and artists in the region, Jesno Jackson spectacularly designed and executed her first art exhibition of 2020 titles 'Beyond Borders' portraying 80 artworks of 50 unique students from The United Arab Emirates at Studio Seven, Dubai. This exhibition unveiled the first edition of a series of ambitious projects initiated by ART4You Gallery focusing on students from the region. The curator is all set with solid plans to conduct 4 editions of 'Beyond Borders' in the year 2020, evenly distributed between the quarters of the year. The first edition was inaugurated on 11th January 2020 and the event yielded fruits of success as the curator successfully achieved her set milestones. Providing platforms for young and emerging artists to showcase their talents will undoubtedly enhance their confidence and encourage these creative minds to play fearlessly with colors and to express their raw emotions in the truest form of reflection - ART.

An event graced with eminent personalities from the art and business community has really motivated and inspired the emerging artists and it was even more interesting to experience the way the talented students were explaining the story behind their art works to the chief guests and the visitors. The management of Studio Seven Gallery has to be applauded for the facilities extended to the large crowd including guests, visitors and artists to enjoy an uninterrupted celebration of art and to the kids who have found time to have fun with their friends and delve deeper into the playful atmosphere.


Artworks displayed @ ‘Beyond Borders’
Artworks displayed @ ‘Beyond Borders’
Artworks displayed @ ‘Beyond Borders’
Artworks displayed @ ‘Beyond Borders’

'Beyond Borders' Student Art Exhibition - Vol 5, was inaugurated by His Excellency Suhail Mohammad Al Zarooni, Chairman of Al Zarooni Foundation, and Suhail Al Zarooni Group of Companies who is also a Philanthropist, an Author, an Emirati Collector and a Businessman. Al Zarooni is best known for holding a Guinness World Record for the years 2002 and 2003 for his collection of over 20,000 model cars. Being an art enthusiast, the presence of His Excellency has proliferated the glory of the event / evening. Ms. Sultana Kazim - a renowned fashion designer, an artist and Representative and Coordinator for The Museum of Americas, Mr. Peter Gressmann - founder of artforumuae, Mr. Ahmed Rukni Al Awadhi - Entrepreneur and Eminent Emirati Artist, Mr. Anjini Prakash Laithu - Veteran Indian artist and Mr. Imran Imzy - a well-known Pakistani artist also ensured their presence to experience and to express their solidarity to the emerging talents. The inaugural ceremony commenced by unveiling a pair of shoes which was beautifully designed by Eashan Dasgupta, student of Sheffield Private School, Dubai followed by the prize distribution and art tour.


"As a curator and founder of Art4you Gallery, it's a great moment for us to kick start the year 2020 with such a beautiful gathering of students at this venue. Me and my husband Mr. Rengi Cherian has started ART4You Gallery with a mission to provide platforms for releasing the creative expression of children and young adults, with a special focus on the community. The project of 'BEYOND BORDERS' aims to create an awareness and appreciation for art and aesthetics among children, to stimulate creative thinking, to build an urge to 'go beyond' the obvious and start thinking out of the box. 
The purpose of this exhibition is to serve as a wide exposure for visual art and promote the achievements of students enrolled in visual art throughout the UAE. Also with this event, we intend to provide students and teachers with an opportunity to display creative work from the classroom to a public platform that honors their work as an effective path to learning and knowledge for each student in conceptual thinking in their journey towards ART. This is being done by arranging interaction of artists with children in a format that consists of demonstration of the art tour as well as a dialogue with the students. We strongly believe that this will act as a huge encouragement to the children who will strive to create great works of art to show to the world." says Jesno Jackson, Curator of 'Beyond Borders'.

Artworks displayed @ ‘Beyond Borders’
Artworks displayed @ ‘Beyond Borders’

Ahmed Rukni Al Awadhi who is an inspiring supporter of art in the region looked very excited to interact with the young artists and he says "What a perfect way to start the year 2020! I am really surprised and happy to see that such young kids have the ability to create beautiful works and more over their confident attitude to explain their artworks is really very impressive. My gratitude to all those parents whose support and guidance is the key factor for children to build up their passion in their early age. As everyone knows 2020 is a very important year for UAE as we all are set to stage the biggest show in the world 'Expo 2020' with the theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' and more interestingly, if you have noticed, the mascots designed for this great show, which is set to open in October 2020, are two kids named 'Rashid & Latifa'. So, there are lots of reasons for all of us to be happy and proud as these young kids set the stage to celebrate art. All my best wishes to ART4You gallery for organizing many such events where young aspirants get such huge platforms to showcase their talents."

Artworks displayed @ ‘Beyond Borders’
Artworks displayed @ ‘Beyond Borders’
Artworks displayed @ 'Beyond Borders'
Artworks displayed @ 'Beyond Borders'
Artworks displayed @ 'Beyond Borders'
Artworks displayed @ 'Beyond Borders'

The purpose of this evening brings to mind the tag line of IlTelevisionario2 'An endless discovery of talents'. Yes, indeed the event was a reveal of the enormous potential available in this great nation and the art fraternity here is confident that some of these artists will emerge as favorites for the art industry and for art collectors. We, at IlTelevisionario2 tender all our best wishes to these young aspiring talents for all their future endeavors.

Cheers!