British Council and Art Jameel work to support young photographic talent in the UAE

09/10/2016 - 07:00
British Council and Art Jameel work to support young photographic talent in the UAE

The British Council is working with Art Jameel of Community Jameel, to organise three free days of photography workshops in the UAE. Titled “Re-inventing Imagery”, the events will take place on the 24th of September at Gulf Photo Plus and 1st and 4th of October at the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah and at the Third Place in Abu Dhabi.

The workshop will be delivered by Nathan Brines, and will explore the topic of “Re-inventing Imagery”, which is this year’s theme for the prestigious annual Art Jameel Photography Award.

Participants will be asked to interpret the theme and share stories with each other. In addition to technical photography skills, they will learn how to write a statement and biography to participate in photography competitions, such as the Art Jameel Photography Award.

‘We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with partners in three different Emirates to encourage photographers of all backgrounds and ability to participate in this year’s AJPA,’ said Catherine Abbott, Arts and Creativity Economy Projects Manager, British Council UAE, ‘this will definitely expand our reach and hopefully draw in young photographers from across the country.’

The Art Jameel Photography Award (AJPA) is one of Art Jameel’s many initiatives and an extension of the Bab Rizq Jameel Photography Award, which was launched in 2010. The award aims to provide an opportunity for talented young photographers to show their work to a wider audience, and to help them further their careers. In 2015, the award is being extended for the first time to accept submissions from all the GCC countries, as, until now it had been focussed on Saudi Arabia.

The workshop leader, Nathan Brines is a lecturer and photographer, currently based in the UAE. He says ‘I am passionate about photography and I loved exploring new ways to bring the medium to life. I am keen to demonstrate how the use of alternative processes within photography can encourage new perspectives which I feel is key for submission to AJPA. ‘

This workshop is free of charge and registration is still open. Participants can register by contacting

or visiting the GPP’s website or

For more information or enquiries, please contact the project manager,

Catherine Abbott 04-3135543

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