Mawaheb, an art studio for young adults with special needs, launched an exhibition featuring the work of its artists yesterday.
A total of 18 art works by 17 artists are on display at Art Couture at Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City.
Titled ‘I’m special..you’re special’, the exhibition aims to create awareness about talent from people with special needs.
14 of the art pieces were sold during the opening event last evening. The ceremony was attended by close to 100 people including family members of the artists, volunteers, corporate partners and well-wishers.
“It is important these art works are displayed in proper galleries like this and not tucked away in corners or at school exhibitions,” said Mawaheb’s founder Wemmy de Maaker. “The quality of the art work is of high standards and it is important that people with special needs get the opportunity to be treated like everybody else.”
The concept behind Mawaheb is to bridge the gap between society and individuals with special needs who can often lack direction once they finish school.
At Mawaheb, artists are taught principles of art using a variety of media under the direction of an art teacher and a team of volunteers.
The exhibition runs till June 2.