Portrait by a nation

29 Oct 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Hurry! There’s just a few days left to register your entries in Y’s historic 44th National Day tribute to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said

Time is running out to enter Y Magazine’s historic art project celebrating Oman’s 44th National Day!

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Presented by Bank Sohar and in association with Shell Oman Marketing, Jotun Paints Oman and Markaz Al Bahja Mall, registration for our “Portrait By A Nation” competition ends on November 8. The competition is a unique platform for the children of Oman to create a lasting tribute to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said. “As we celebrate the 44th National Day, it is indeed heartening to see the ‘Portrait By A Nation’ initiative from Y Magazine,” says Mohammed al Farsi, the general manager of external affairs and business development at Shell Oman Marketing.

“Children are the future of any country and more so in Oman, since they form a significant section of the population pyramid.”

Y Magazine can think of no better way to memorialise His Majesty than in a portrait created by the children of his own nation – and we are looking for young artists to use their budding talents to help. To that end, we are inviting children of Oman between the ages of six to 17 years to harness their creativity and paint a portrait of His Majesty. Our month-long activity will not only encourage local talent, but also provide children with a platform to feel proud of their country and home. “This artistic initiative will hopefully help contribute to child development in the Sultanate, as research shows that arts education can connect children more deeply to their communities and open them to new ways of comprehension; creating the foundation to form social bonds and community unity,” says Mr al Farsi, of Shell.  This exclusive artwork saluting the architect of modern Oman will go on public display during National Day celebrations.

To take part, children need to register their interest and select the correct age category they will be entering. Entrants will be invited to take part in the event hosted by SABCO Media, Y Magazine’s parent company, at Markaz Al Bahja Mall on November 14-15, where the children will be able to paint their portrait. The canvases will be supplied by Y Magazine, but children must bring their own art supplies, such as paints and other materials they wish to use. A panel of judges, including art experts and representatives from Y Magazine and Bank Sohar, will choose 44 entrants to make up our “Portrait By A Nation”.

The winners will be announced after the painting event, along with the four entries that have been chosen as the top pieces of artwork. The winners of the age categories will receive RO500, while the runners-up will each collect RO250.

All 44 portraits will be collated and spread on a larger canvas that will be presented as a giant collage of the many faces of His Majesty the Sultan, as seen through the eyes of the nation’s children.

The canvas is then set to be unveiled in a grand ceremony on National Day, November 18, attended by the young artists and their families, before going on public display for the duration of the country’s celebrations.

The chosen 44 pieces of art will be displayed at Markaz Al Bahja Mall for sale from National Day until November 27. Open to the public, the artwork will be available to buy in person or online, with the proceeds of the sale given to each of the child artists.

“We also take this opportunity to pay tribute to our great leader, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, on this joyous occasion towards further progress and prosperity under His Majesty’s wise leadership,” adds Mr al Farsi.

Want to take part:
Simply pick up a registration form at any of the 10 Bank Sohar branches below, complete and post it in the drop box on site. The full list of participating Sohar Bank locations is:

MBD, Azaiba, Al Khoudh, Barka, Sohar, Nizwa, Ibri, Sur, Ibra and Salalah

You can also register online, post your details on Y’s Facebook page ytabloid or simply drop us an email at editor@y-oman.com. You can also drop off your registration form at Y’s office in Seeb or at Markaz Al Bahja Mall. We will need your name, age and contact number to verify your registration and add you to the event.

Parents may complete the registration form – but remember, the children must create the actual portrait.

Entry is restricted to children aged between six and 17 years old. There are two categories to enter: one for six to 10-year-old children, the other for 11 to 17 year olds.

Only one entry per child.

Paints and other materials needed for the painting of the portrait must be brought by the child to the November 14-15 event. Y Magazine will supply the canvases used by the entrants.

Children selected to go forward for the painting event at Markaz Al Bahja Mall will be notified and must be free to attend on November 14-15.

The judges’ decision is final.

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