BESIX initiative provides construction art workshop for students

BESIX initiative provides construction art workshop for students
Manzil student site visit.
Published: 1 November 2017 - 3:34 a.m.
By: Jumana Abdel-Razzaq

BESIX welcomed students from Manzil to a construction art workshop as part of an initiative between BESIX Foundation and The Empty Quarter Fine Art Gallery in DIFC.

The purpose of the site visit was to provide an introduction to construction for the students through an art work shop inspired and conceptualised by BESIX Foundation Ambassador Figen Kikki Keil.

The initiative started in early October and will run through weekly sessions until mid-November. The students will be supplied with a variety of waste construction material by BESIX to create pieces of artwork.

The final creation will be curated by Figen Kikki Keil and showcased at The Empty Quarter Fine Art Gallery in DIFC on Saturday, 18 November, 2017. 

 “We are very excited about this initiative, as it gives us the opportunity to serve the local community for a noble cause, and it also encourages volunteering amongst our employees,” explained Gurubasu Shrishail Katageri, Senior Sustainability Engineer of BESIX.

“By providing the students with various construction materials to create the artwork, we are encouraging a spirit of ‘upcycling’ of waste construction materials, which is very important in today’s world of minimising waste.”

“It was also a very good learning experience for the students, as they learnt first-hand what it is like for engineers and construction workers to work in the heat during summer in Dubai,” added Catheline Van Sull, Technical Manager of BESIX.

Artist, Paola Zarate will be guiding the students in creating the artwork, along with BESIX employees as volunteers.

Dr Ayesha Saeed Husaini, director of Manzil, added: “Manzil is also currently focusing on sustainability and recycling, we are very proud and delighted to be part of this amazing project organised by the BESIX Foundation and the Empty Quarter Fine Art Gallery in DIFC."

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