Funun Arts Group and Young Times Collaborate to Spark Creativity at YT Book Fair


Funun Arts Group, a leading platform in the UAE fostering art and creativity, has joined forces with Young Times, a proud Khaleej Times brand, to present an unparalleled creative zone at the YT Book Fair. This collaboration aims to engage students and youth in enriching activities and provide a vibrant space for artistic exploration.

Throughout the event, which spanned three exciting days, Funun Arts Group curated a dynamic program featuring a series of art workshops and competitions led by master artists. These workshops, conducted by renowned figures such as Shiba Khan, Atul Panase, Stefania Pomillo, Mussarat Yasmin Abid, Saida Banu, and Jivan Hovhannisyan, offered attendees a unique opportunity to learn directly from experts in various artistic disciplines.

Shiba Khan, an award-winning art activist and founder of Funun Arts Group, underscored the organization’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of artists through education and hands-on experiences. Meanwhile, Atul Panase, an international award-winning artist shared his expertise in watercolor painting, inspiring students to hone their skills through continuous practice.

Stefania Pomillo encouraged participants to explore their creativity by experimenting with different painting techniques, while Mussarat Yasmin Abid led an engaging workshop on creating beautiful bookmarks. Saida Banu showcased her expertise in texture painting, challenging attendees to work with sustainable materials in a mosaic painting workshop. Lastly, Jivan Hovhannisyan captivated the audience with a palette knife painting session, offering insights into creating stunning landscapes with this unique technique.

The highlight of the event was the art competition, judged by esteemed members of the art fraternity including Ahmed Al Awadhi, Dr. Poonam Chauhan, Yuvika Garg, Kavita Sriram, and Peter Gressman. Winners were awarded prestigious prizes and complimentary art workshops, thanks to a collaboration with Reem Art Gallery. Students can join different art workshops and short art courses conducted by Funun Arts Group in collaboration with Reem Art Gallery.

Shiba Khan & Farah Khan, the founders of Funun Arts Group extends their heartfelt gratitude to Khaleej Times and Ms. Harjot for the opportunity to be the creative zone partner at the YT Book Fair. This successful collaboration underscores the power of teamwork and collective effort in fostering creativity and artistic expression in the community.

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