x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Women offered a chance to learn appreciation of art and antiques

DUBAI // Women interested in art and antiques will be able to take a one-day crash course in collecting in February. It will be the second year London-based Haughton International Fairs has staged the event, called Art Antiques Design Dubai, in conjunction with the Dubai Ladies Club. The fair will help women develop their knowledge of art and antiques through a series of seminars.

"We are well aware of how art plays an important role in the lives of women all over the world," said Anne Haughton, the company's director. "Many purchases are made by women, and they are great collectors of art." Many of the Dubai Ladies Club's 1,500 members are interested in learning more about antiques, said Maryam al Ghurair, the executive director of the club's art centre. "Women are the major decision-makers and collectors," she said. "And women from this region travel a lot and buy luxury items - aesthetically they are refined. Furthermore, the woman has to like the item, even if the man is buying it."

Pieces to be showcased at the fair include antiques from different eras, as well as Islamic works of art, silver, jewellery, furniture, paintings, drawings and sculptures from around the world. Women will be able to learn the origin and history of each piece, said Ms Ghurair. "We are giving our members hands-on experience in the world of art and antiques," she said. "They get to talk with experts, have one-on-one discussions, learn why to buy antiques and about the valuation process, and also understand the provenance of the piece."

Haughton International Fairs' Art Antiques Design Dubai runs at the Madinat Arena at Madinat Jumeirah from Feb 18-22. Ladies' Day will be held on Feb 19. nsamaha@thenational.ae