'Artists For Change' - FBMI weave threads between UAE artists & underprivileged artisans in Afghanistan

'Artists For Change' Program with Dubai Culture, strategic partner.

The Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative, better known as FBMI, is launching a new program of collaboration between UAE artists and underprivileged artisans in Afghanistan. The new program called 'Artists For Change' aims to raise awareness of the plight of disadvantaged artisans as well as promote their talent and capabilities.

The six artists invited to be a part of the Artists For Change program will graciously donate their artworks to be woven into hand-knotted carpets. Not only will these artworks provide employment to the artisans but a range of social benefits as provided by FBMI.

The Artists For Change program will kick off this Ramadan 2015 with a signing ceremony featuring all six artists at Provedore Café, Sunset Mall, Dubai.

The diverse artists are invited for their capacity to hold an expansive vision, create content-driven artwork, achieve artistic excellence, and their recognition within the international art community. FBMI see these artists as visionaries and storytellers that will better impact the lives of others.

The woven carpets will then be exhibited across some of the world’s leading museums and art institutions, as well as upcoming regional design weeks. FBMI aim to use the exhibitions as a physical platform and forum for the community to create programming, partnership outreach and a public action component helping bridge international talent.

Meet the Artists

Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum – Artist and owner of FN Designs

Mohammed Harib – Director of Lamatara Studio and the man behind the Friej Cartoon.

Shamsa Mohammed Al Abbar - Designer known for her last jewel collection based on Arabic typography.

Salama Khalfan - Jewellery Designer & Founder of Alezan.

Hind Bin Demaithan - Visual Artist and Video Composer.


About FBMI

FBMI is Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan humanitarian initiative.

FBMI, an Abu Dhabi-based program, in partnership with Tanweer Investments of Afghanistan, is dedicated to empowering Afghan women through the employment opportunities of carpet production, as well as providing healthcare and education to its workers.

The carpets produced through FBMI employs traditional crafting methods, operating strictly within Afghanistan. Wool from Afghan farmers, natural vegetables dyes and, of course, a local workforce (over 4,000 workers to date) are all pillars of the FBMI program. 

FBMI enjoys fantastic collaborations with international and local designers such as Norma Kamali, Khalid Shafar and pop artist Maria Iqbal.

FBMI has received many awards amongst which the Humanitarian Award at Arab Woman Awards UAE 2014 and was granted an honouring Insignia in the category of Leading Emirati Project (Humanitarian) by H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak (Chairwomen of the General Women`s Union and Family Development Foundation and President of  the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood , the Honorary President of the UAE Red Crescent Authority).

The organization currently has four showrooms: in Kabul, London, Dubai on Jumeirah Beach Rd and in Abu Dhabi Yas Mall open to professionals as well as local consumers.

Locations and details
FBMI showroom on Jumeirah Beach rd, Dubai - 865a on Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite side Burj Al Arab.
Tel +971 4 388 1103
FBMI Boutique at Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi - 1st floor, easy access Geant hypermarket parking.
Tel +971 2 566 9600


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