Visitors take a look at the various works of art at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers where an exhibition is being held for local talent to showcase their creative art. Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: A fund-raising event to support the Abu Dhabi Future Centre for people with special needs is also an art exhibition where young talents can expose their creations to be discovered.

The exhibition which is currently underway at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and end on February 28, will be open to the public daily from 3pm to 9pm.

The theme of the event is an artistic representation of the social, cultural and geographical progression of Abu Dhabi.

The Future Centre is an institution dedicated to educate and rehabilitate students with special needs, help them integrate within the society and experi ence joyful and meaningful lives.

Abu Dhabi's growing interest in art instigated the installation of icons such as the Louvre and Guggenheim museums. But making it into the Abu Dhabi Louvre is not a simple feat for young local artists.

Changing Landscapes is the exhibition's theme where local talents can artistically showcase their creative art.

"We are looking to nurture and support the local art scene by creating a platform for young artists to showcase their works," said Tini Meyer, and Aisha Al Riyami contributing artists and event organisers.

Twelve artists have been selected to present their creations.

"When scouting for talent, it was truly inspirational to see so many young artists taking their careers seriously and it indeed looks very promising," noted Al Riyami and Meyer

Emirati artist Sharifa Horaiz perceives the spirit of change to be more of a psychological nature and a state of mind. "My paintings are abstract and not representational, creating impression of something ethereal that allows a suggestive sense of spiritual transcendence. They are inspired by light as reference of spirituality," Horaiz told Gulf News.

Emirati artist Abdullah Al Toq, participated with two photographic pieces reflecting the impact of human on the environment.

"My work reflects how the human element has changes landscape and interfered in the beauty of nature," Al Toq said.

His art carries a message of the need for environmental care and preservation.