Visions of Sustainability

14 – 20 January 2018 |Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sights, sounds and design of renewable energy

The last decade has seen the prospects of renewable energy change dramatically. Falling costs and improved technology has seen the potential of solar and wind energy transform from niche applications to widely applicable energy solutions for a sustainable 21st century. As the global voice for renewable energy, IRENA invites the public to share this vision with the use of artistic expression across different mediums.

A first-of-its-kind exhibit in the UAE, Visions of Sustainability is a week-long celebration of visionary perspectives on renewable energy, environmentally conscious design, and sustainability. 

A special, invitation only, exhibit opening on the evening of 14 January will bring together guest speakers including: the award-winning visionary artist, Bill Fontana, who has produced a special series of multimedia works for the exhibit; pioneering solar aviator and explorer, Bertrand Piccard; and the architect, designer, and thought leader, William McDonough.

Taking place at the Manarat Al Saadiyat, from 15 to 20 January, the exhibit will merge sight and sound to convey to the public the promise, potential and symbiotic nature of renewable energy through the works of world-renowned and local artists.

The exhibit will include work from:

  • Award winning sound artist, Bill Fontana;
  • UAE artists, Ayesha Hadhir and Azza Al Qubaisi;
  • Students from NYU Abu Dhabi, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Zayed University, and Higher Colleges of Technology;
  • Winners of IRENA's 2016 Photo Competition and more.

Entrance to the exhibit is free and open to the public. Sign up for the event on Facebook.

Find below a teaser of Bill Fontana's specially crafted work for the exhibit, Acoustic Visions of Renewable Energy.


When and where?

The exhibit is taking place at the Manarat Al Saadiyat, in Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Cultural District, and will be open everyday between 15 and 20 January from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.