Curtin University Dubai has announced the winners of the inaugural Curtin Urban Arts Festival, a creative event with workshops, masterclasses, and competitions that challenged the artistic abilities of students in the UAE. Winners were selected from more than 300 entries from leading schools and colleges across the UAE.
In the Photography Competition, Donell Gumiran was declared winner in the General Category and emerged as Curtin Dubai’s Photographer of the Year. Sumiksha Chakraborty from St Mary’s Catholic High School won the School Category Photography Competition. In the University Category, Kate Roska from Curtin University Dubai won first place. High School students Akshita Bhatia, Alesha Saldhana, Diya Sanjeev, Roshni Kukreja won the graffiti competition that let students create a mural of their own graffiti art at the Curtin campus in Dubai. Some of the talented entrants will also have their work displayed at Muse Artz Gallery, Hungarian Games, and at Uninest Student Residences.
Curtin University Dubai’s Academic Head, Dr. Jillian Pandor, said: “We are delighted to host the Curtin Urban Arts Festival at our campus and encourage young people all over the country to showcase their talents to a wider audience. There is an enormous amount of creativity and passion for artistic expression in Dubai and the rest of the UAE – and Curtin is committed to encouraging this among all age groups. We hope that more young people will discover their creative abilities and contribute to building the artistic landscape in the country.”
Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director of Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), said: “We are excited to be a partner of this year’s edition of the Curtin University Urban Arts Festival, which brings together the most creative young minds with a keen interest in photography and street art.”
He added: “By fostering lasting collaboration and knowledge exchange, DIAC not only seeks to harness innovative and creative thinking, but also provide a rich and rewarding student experience that goes beyond the regular curriculum, helping students to find an interesting and fulfilling career path within the creative field.”
Students from leading educational institutions across Dubai participated in the competition, including Manipal University, IMT, Amity University, Curtin University Dubai, Murdoch University Heriot Watt University, S P Jain, Middlesex University, BITS Pilani, SZABIST and American University of Sharjah.
For K-12 Students, Arab Unity School, the GEMS Group of Schools including GEMS Modern Academy, GEMS Our Own English High School, GEMS Wellington, Al Diyafah, Dubai National School, Emirates International School, Westminster, Delhi Private School and St Mary’s entered the competition.
The judging panel included photography experts from Nikon and DIAC, amongst others, who evaluated the entries based on their creativity and skill.
The prizes include Nikon DSLRs sponsored by Nikon UAE, and six months of free residence for two deserving university students, courtesy the Uninest Student Residences.