“Seasons of Change” – A Powerful Expression of Strength & Resilience


The  will be presenting the Artworks of their residents for the first time in the UAE at Dubai International Art Centre from 6th till 16th of September

Dubai: The Dubai International Art Centre hosts, “Seasons of Change” an empowering Art Exhibition by the residents of Dubai Foundation for Women and Children’s Shelter. DFWAC is the first licensed non-profit shelter in the UAE for women and children victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. There will be close to 30 Artworks on display and sale at the Art Exhibition; all funds raised at the show will go to the Foundation to further empower and support the women & children who reside at DFWAC. The show’s guest of honour is the celebrated local Artist Ms. Fatma Lootah – the show opens to public from 6th till the 16th of September at Gallery 76.

This event is an initiative of a passionate change maker – Fiona Petrocelli; Fiona’s innate desire to help people has prompted her to be involved in several charities, including working with senior citizens in the UK, “Street Children” in Kuala Lumpur & Special needs children in Dubai. Fiona also serves as a volunteer board member at the Dubai International Art Centre since 2014 where she has actively formed collaborations between the Art Centre and local charities. Fiona Petrocelli explains what attracted her to work with DFWAC,  “With all the glitz and glamour that seems to always be promoted about Dubai, it is organizations like the foundation that are weaving the moral fabric of this diverse expatriate and growing community and tackling what are the taboo issues that exist not only here but all over the world”

The Dubai International Art Centre has been an active supporter of the Arts in the community and with their support and active involvement from the art teachers of the centre; Fiona was able to host art workshops with the residents of DFWAC since March 2016 and these sessions resulted in the production of some of the most inspiring and positive paintings. The Foundation played a key role by offering unwavering support to the Art workshops and the exhibition.

Ghaya Al Habtoor – Marketing Executive at DFWAC explains, “The Artists are women who are survivors of domestic violence, child abuse & human trafficking. This Art Exhibition is a great way to boost the confidence of the women behind the paintings; the funds will help support women empowerment programs and support women in need. This is also a great exposure for the foundation, its services & facilities. We would like the community to know more about the foundation & its services in helping abused women & children in order to have a society free of violence. “

Asma Al Suwaidi – Senior Activities Coordinator at DFWAC explains, “The Art workshops really helped the clients to release stress, relax, express themselves, forget about their personal problems and focus on their creativity. When they were painting, they were in another happy world. I was very impressed to see them relaxed.”

Visitors of this exhibition can expect to see the most vibrant and lively artworks; Inspired by the Foundation’s landscaped gardens and butterfly logo, the theme of the exhibition ‘Seasons of change’ reflect the Artists own strength & resilience.

Event Details: 

Venue: Gallery 76 at the Dubai International Art Centre

Event type: Art Exhibition by DFWAC

Purpose: To Create Awareness and raise funds to support DFWAC residents

Opening Date: 6th of September 2017

Opening timing: 5:00pm till 7:00pm

Exhibition Dates: 6th till 16th of September

About DFWAC (The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children):

The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) is the first licensed non-profit shelter in the UAE for women and children victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. It was established in July 2007 to offer victims immediate protection and support services in accordance with international human rights obligations.

The Foundation offers a 24/7 helpline (800111) in order to provide the best means of support & care for clients. Alternatively, clients can contact us through fax, SMS, email, live web chat, or through self-referral where they can physically visit the foundation’s premises.