In celebration of and in parallel with the inauguration of the new premises of ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, an exhibition titled “Heritage and the Young” displayed the artworks of students from UAE schools who took part in a competition called for by the Centre. This falls within ICCROM-ATHAR’s sound belief in the potential of the younger generation in promoting the conservation of the region’s cultural heritage. It is also a realisation of the Centre’s objectives regarding the involvement of the public by fostering their interest and appreciation of their cultural heritage. The posters received, in their creativity and diversity, gave a concrete proof for the children’s interest in expressing their perceptions of cultural heritage, and the importance of its protection for posterity.
A jury which included Dr. Gael de Guichen, Special Advisor to the Director-General, ICCROM, and Monica Ardemagni, Project Manager, ICCROM, together with the ICCROM-ATHAR staff, classified the posters into three categories: Life in the sea; Life in the desert; and, Monuments. The committee selected the best artwork from each category according to specific evaluation criteria. Results were announced during a final session of the ICCROM-ATHAR’s opening ceremony which took place on 15 December 2014, when H.H Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, presented the awards to the first, second, and third prize winners.