IRCICA and Kuwait Centre for Islamic Arts of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs organized the Kuwait International Exhibition on Islamic Arts and its Application on Metal Crafts, Kuwait, 7-14 February 2016
Under the high patronage of His Highness the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, in celebrating Kuwait as the “Capital of Islamic Culture 2016” and within the framework of the 7th Kuwait International Gathering for Islamic Arts and OIC Research Centre for Islamic History, Arts and Culture (IRCICA, Istanbul) jointly with the Kuwait Centre for Islamic Arts of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and with the support of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, the Kuwait International Exhibition on Islamic Arts and its Application on Metal Crafts. The exhibition was held in Kuwait City on 7-14 February 2016. The event assembled 16 artisans, working in all types and forms of metal handicrafts, including jewelry, decorative swords, boxes, light objects, metal-repousse, metal ornamentations on vases, jugs, plates, etc. The artisans came from the following countries: Algeria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Tataristan, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. In the same context, IRCICA also organized an exhibition of calligraphy and illumination works by illuminator Ms. Fatma Ozcay from Turkey and her students.
The exhibition was inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, Minister of Information, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Chairman of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, H.E. Minister Yaqoub Al-Sane, Minister of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Dr Halit Eren, Director General of IRCICA, along with the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Awqaf and the Director General of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters. HE Sheikh Salman in his address affirmed that Kuwait believes in the role of arts and culture in preparing an enlightened generation capable of contributing to the progress and development of their homeland. He commended the efforts made by the organizers. In particular he highly praised the role of IRCICA in organizing such an important event in Kuwait.
H.E. Minister Yaqoub Al-Sane, Minister of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs stated that this forum contributes to the status of Kuwait as a centre of Islamic arts, adding that over the last seven years the forum rose to prominence and became a global cultural beacon providing a networking opportunity for scholar and researchers and lovers of the Islamic arts.
Dr Halit Eren, Director General of IRCICA in his address pointed to the active role of IRCICA in organizing this international Exhibition on Islamic Arts and its application on Metal Crafts and gave a brief of the efforts made during the last few months in contacting the concerned handicrafts authorities in the OIC Member Countries in order to guarantee the participation of eminent artisans who are innovators in the field. The Director General also alluded to the various joint activities implemented by IRCICA in collaboration with Kuwait Centre for Islamic Arts. In this regard he mentioned the First International Exhibition on Handmade Prayer Carpets organized in Kuwait on 29 December 2013-9 January 2014 with the participation of 12 pioneer artisans from 12 countries.
He also mentioned the Kuwait International Exhibition on Ceramic and Pottery held in Kuwait on 4-15 January 2010 which was organized by IRCICA in cooperation with Kuwait Centre for Islamic Arts. He added that all these activities were organized within the IRCICA Crafts Development Program which is one of the major projects of the Centre. The Project, implemented for many years, aims to promote, develop and highlight the important role of Artisans in the Muslim World.
Dr. Eren gave a highlight of the various activities in the Centre in the field of research, scholarly events, and specialized studies on history, culture, arts, architecture and education in the context of Islamic civilization studies; its bibliographic studies on translations of the Holy Qur’an along with studies and publications on the oldest copies of the Holy Qur’an. He also underlined the important role of IRCICA in the field of Calligraphy: the competitions, the training courses, and the publications. Dr. Eren also referred to the exhibitions of historical photographs of Haramein and Al Quds that the Centre organizes at different venues around the world. Furthermore he informed the audience on the architectural workshops that the Centre organizes aiming to promote the skills of young professionals on documenting, restoring and preserving the architectural heritage of the Muslim world.