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The World Art Dubai 2019 fair in April featured a packed schedule of art-related activities, talks, workshops, live entertainment, and relentless sales. More than 150 local, regional, and international artists and galleries displayed the 3,000-strong collection of art.

The four-day long event saw the participation of many schools for the Sustainable Art School competition. This includes Nord Anglia International School Dubai, Foremarke School, Repton School Dubai, and Repton School Abu Dhabi.

The competition invited students from across Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s leading schools, and encouraging them to express their artistic flair under the theme of sustainability.

“We are really proud of our creative arts in our schools,” Liam Cullinan, Head of Secondary at Nord Anglia International School said. “Certainly schools now, more so than ever, have to embrace creative thinking, and if you look at the kind of message that was being communicated through our students about a sustainable world, a more conscious group of people who are trying to change. That’s why I am excited to be accepting awards on their behalf today.”

The collection displayed at the fair comprised of original contemporary artworks, paintings, sculptures, digital photographs, custom-made installations, and more.

The final day saw the return of the World Art Dubai Awards to recognize incredible talents. One of the youngest winners is Aarav Verma, a 12-year-old student at Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram, Haryana, India, who collected the World Art Dubai Emerging Artist Award. Painting since the age of three, he now uses a variety of mediums across his artwork, and has participated in a number of solo art exhibitions and live painting shows.

“It feels good. I have won awards at school, but not like this,” Verma noted. “It’s been a good show, a good platform, and a lot of people have been interested in my art. I have sold around 20 pieces at the show.”