Noor Dubai raises Dhs 1.3 million through Art4Sight art auction
Renowned artists help raise awareness for the blind community
On April 27, Art4Sight, an annual art exhibition and auction, organized by Noor Dubai Charity Foundation raised AED 1.3 million to fund blindness treatment, prevention and education programs globally.
The exhibition was supported by the Cultural Office of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Tashkeel Studio, with a magnificent auction managed by Christie's International. The exhibition and auction was held at the Dubai Ladies Club and was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Dr. Manal Taryam, CEO of Noor Dubai Foundation expressed her gratitude, stating, "We are thankful to all the artists, art galleries and auction houses for their support and encouragement. Our programs in countries of need are not limited to restoration of sight; we also support patients who are unable to afford eye medication and glasses with an aim to prevent further deterioration of their condition. Through this program we hope to make a positive difference to their lives and the lives of their family members. Providing the gift of sight aids both economic and social development in countries of need."
She highlighted that the funds raised through the unique exhibition will mainly be used for Noor Dubai's 'Trachoma Elimination' program in Ethiopia as well as for the elderly screening program in Northern Emirates.
Participating artists included Najat Makki, Tagalsir Hassan, el Seed and Samir Al Safadi. Farhad Moshiri's artwork 'Tomorrow is a New Day' received the highest bid and was sold for $77,000. Buro 24/7 Middle East's donated art piece, 'Untitled', by Omani artist Saleh Al Shukairi also sold for $10,000.