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Oman Air Backs Oman Wild Art Competition and Exhibition

Date: 8 May 2012
Oman Air Backs Oman Wild Art Competition and Exhibition

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has announced its backing for Oman Wild Art, a unique initiative aiming at showcasing Omani creative talent to an international audience.

Held between 5th and 10th May and launched at the Cultural Club in Qurum, Muscat, Oman Wild Art is a juried exhibition, organized in association with the Omani Society for Fine Arts, which will provide the opportunity for the Sultanate's painters of natural history subjects to display their work and have it assessed by internationally-recognised judges.

Winning artists will then have their work exhibited throughout July at the Nature in Art Museum in Gloucester, England.

Oman Air's support for the initiative takes the form of sponsorship and continues the airline's strategy of promoting Omani creativity and supporting local artists to achieve their full potential.

Oman Air's Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Pearce, commented:

"We are very pleased to be providing support for Oman Wild Art, which will bring Omani creativity and achievement to a wide international audience. Our involvement has two goals: building on our commitment to Omani talent, and strengthening links between the Sultanate and one of the key destinations within Oman Air's growing network: the United Kingdom. I look forward to viewing what promises to be a superb exhibition at the Cultural Club in Qurum."

Oman Wild Art is expected to be one of the most highly-anticipated events in the international natural history and art world calendars, with publicity being provided in Gulf Region newspapers and magazines and on TV, as well as on international museum websites and mailing lists. Additionally, exhibited artworks will be featured in the top US publication, Wildlife Art Journal.

Judges of Oman Wild Art include: Maryam Al-Zadjali, artist and Director of the Omani Society for Fine Arts; Dr Mehdi Ahmed Jaaffar, Vice President of the Environmental Society of Oman; Simon Trapnell, Director of the Nature in Art Museum, UK; Todd Wilkinson, Managing Editor of the Wildlife Art Journal and environmental journalist, USA; Julie Askew, international wildlife and landscape artist.