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Award: Certificate of Appreciation

The Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to curator and founder Zahidah Zeyton Millie, for her continued efforts in linking heritage, culture & environment through Mangroves from the Water exhibitions. We are grateful to the Sharjah Institute for Heritage for this award received on 24 September 2021. 

CCCNN covers the Mangroves from the Water exhibition

Thank you to CCCNN – Climate Change Communication and Narratives Network – for highlighting the Mangroves from the Water exhibition in Geelong held in August and recognizing our founder and curator Zahidah Zeytoun Millie (member). Please view their website to see the post and read all about the CCCNN’s mission and the wonderful work they …

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Video of the Mangroves from the Water exhibition opening

We are so excited to share this video capturing the official opening of our Mangroves from the Water exhibition, 14 August, Gordon Gallery, Geelong. To view the complete video, please visit our Mangroves from the Water YouTube page. A huge thank you to Phil Hines for all the photography on the day, and creating this …

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Look at the dancers at Jacqui’s workshop

Jacqui Dreessens, from Wild Moves International, led a fabulously fun interpretive dance and movement workshop in conjunction with her live dance and video performance titled Echelons (2021) at the Mangroves from the Water exhibition. During the official opening day on Saturday 14 Aug, the participants followed her instructions to feel inspired by nature and mangroves …

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Exhibition closing date 18 August

Our exhibition closing date is now 18 August. Unfortunately due to Covid lockdown scheduling issues we had to limit our duration.Two more days to catch the varied multi-media tribute to the mangroves!!! Photo by Phil Hines

Come visit our traditional Arabic majlis at the Gordon Gallery

Arab majlis. The term majlis describes a regular gathering of like-minded individuals. The sitting place is regularly used on the Arabian Peninsula as a forum for friends and colleagues to meet and discuss political and social developments, to engage in debate, to share views and research, and to network.   The majlis at the ‘Mangroves …

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Exhibition catalogue Mangroves from the Water, August 2021

We hope you have the opportunity to visit the Gordon Gallery 11-18 August to view our multi-media exhibition Mangroves from the Water. (The dates had to be amended due to Covid lockdowns in Australia) Here is the exhibition catalogue (the date had to change due to lockdowns). Do enjoy!

Fun events for everyone!

In conjunction with our Mangroves from the Water exhibition, opening tomorrow 11 August – 22 August, we have these exciting events for the public to participate in….. Meet Richard Collopy, who will narrate fantastical tales of nature and beings through indigenous storytelling. Dance away with Jacqui Dreessens from Wild Moves International, translating a full body …

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The beautiful paintings of Helen Martin

The beautiful paintings of Helen Martin conveys a touching fondness for her husband by translating his deep-rooted connection to the mangroves, Her skill as a painter is evident in the atmospheric depictions of mangrove trees as seen in the images below, manifesting the vibrancy and liveliness through brush strokes and play of light. Helen’s artist …

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“The girl who fell in love with the mangroves” : sneak preview!

We are so proud of the variety of multi-media on offer at the next Mangroves from the Water exhibition. Here is a preview to entice you to visit the Gordon Gallery. Geraldine Chansard collaborated with director Pauline Dupin to create this heartwarming tale in a short video. You can follow the news thread on Geraldine’s …

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State of the world mangroves report 2021, by the Global Mangrove Alliance

As world leaders face converging crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, a compilation of the most current information available on what is known about mangrove forests is released, with a look at what’s being done to reverse the downward trends impacting the forests and the local communities who depend on them. The report is compiled …

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Introducing the Dance and Film collaboration between Jacqui Dreessens and Enrico Santucci

A collaboration between Jacqueline Dreessens, choreographer and performer, and Enrico Santucci, Videographer and photographer. A dance film about the interconnection of mangroves and creatures in Lake Connewarre, Wadawurrung Country, Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia. Visit Mangroves from the Water exhibition from 7-18 August at Gordon Gallery, Geelong to view this spectacular film!

Humans in Geelong

Huge thank you to the Humans in Geelong for their continued support to Mangroves from the Water. Here is an interview they posted with curator Zahidah Zeytoun Millie… ‘What I have been preparing to say is, that in wilderness is the preservation of the world.’ HD Thoreau“ I moved to Geelong from the United Arab …

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Workshop alert! Interpretive dance with Jacqui Dreessens

Join us for this unique experience with Jacqui from Wild Moves International: dancing inspired by the natural environment! Please see the flyer for booking details. Due to Covid regulations and current lockdown, the exhibition and events has to be postponed. The opening is  now on 14 August and we will update the dates and times …

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Workshop Alert! Paint from a kayak in the mangroves

Here is an exciting opportunity to be led via kayak into the secret gardens of the mangrove wetlands by our experienced kayaker and watercolour artist / Curator Zahidah Zeytoun Millie. Sunday 15 August, Lake Conneware, Barwon Heads. Please contact Zahidah directly on mangrovesfromthewater@gmail.com to book your spot. Spaces are limited and we have 2 extra …

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Zahidah Zeytoun Millie donated her artwork to Wasit Wetland Center, Sharjah

Zahidah donated her work Mangroves from the Water 3D (2015) to the Wasit Wetland Center in Sharjah. Zahidah created a 3D sculpture of her experience in the mangrove after finding this piece of a mangrove tree destroyed by the local farmers and fisherman. Mixed with found objects from the Umm Al Quwain mangroves, they are …

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Zahidah Zeytoun Millie donated ‘The Self’ to the Sharjah American International School in UAQ

Zahidah donated her artwork The Self to educate children in local schools about the mangroves through art-activism. She explains her work here: The Self, ‏ acrylic, resin chopped tree, mask (my face and hands) heavy knife used to chop trees, wire, wood, plaster, leaves, cardboard, inner shoe, 2017.  This art work talks about my feelings …

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Marawed Magazine focuses on the mangroves as part of Emirati Heritage

We are grateful to be part of this important magazine called Marawed and fortunate to be working with Dr. Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute of Heritage and Editor-in-Chief. Plants and trees – nature in general- is extremely important to the Emirati culture and prominent in Islamic traditions and teachings from the Holy …

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Alexis Gambis’ filmmaking career is reaching new heights

We are super proud to announce our fellow Mangrove from the Water team member Alexis Gambis is achieving tremendous success in his filmmaking career. Son of Monarchs is a film written and directed by Alexis Gambis. It depicts a personal and spiritual journey of a Mexican biologist who returns to his hometown in the majestic …

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Introducing Helen Martin

Helen Martin gives us a glimpse into her studio with her work in progress. She explains her mediums – which includes homemade beeswax- and the inspiration she draws from the mangroves from various sites in Australia. She particularly appreciates the inter-tidal moments when you can spot all the little creatures roaming their habitat. Please enjoy …

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The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Mangroves, A Family Video Story by Geraldine Chansard

Geraldine Chansard’s sculpture Woman from the Mangroves is the catalyst for the creation of the video project The girl who fell in love with the mangroves. A crowdfunding campaign has been created in aide of the logistics involved for Geraldine to participate in the Mangroves from the Water touring exhibition in Australia this year. You …

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Tranquil Khor Al Baidah

Click HERE to watch a short video of the views of Khor al Baidah, Umm Al Quwain on our YouTube channel. Thanks to local resident Tracy Bridle for sending us this video she and her family captured for us on their visit.

Podcast by Zahidah: Masainakum Massonah مسيناوكم مسوونا

Masainakum Massonah مسيناوكم مسوونا By Zahidah Zeytoun Millie The Arabic program ‘Masainakum Massonah’ goes to air from the City of Greater Geelong every Tuesday night 8 pm@ 94.7thepulse! A selection of Arabic songs, chosen story, popular quote, and music including an interview with one of Mangroves from the Water artists.

Happy International Mangroves Day!

‘Mangroves from the Water’ is a group multimedia art exhibition that would have been opening today in Geelong, Australia, to celebrate the Mangroves Day 26 July, https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/mangroveday.  Due to the Corona virus pandemic the exhibition has been postponed to 26 July, 2021. In celebration of the upcoming Mangroves Day, ‘Mangroves from the Water’ committed International …

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Introducing our YouTube channel!

Mangroves from the Water is now on YouTube!  Please follow our channel, and see some beautiful and informative videos of the United Arab Emirates and Australian mangroves.  

Artist meet-up

We are lucky to have our ‘office’ in the middle of Mother Nature! Artist meet-ups are so much fun…

Victoria (Australia) Mangrove information kit

We are happy to share this information kit, detailing the mangroves and explaining the threats to the natural habitat, as well as ideas on how to protect it. Please follow this link to download the infokit: Mangroves_Vic_infokit_2011

Schedule of events

Here is the schedule of talks, events and performances during our exhibition: Mangroves from the water Gordon Gallery, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia 26 July – 15 August The exhibition will provide viewers with a range of media to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. The artists also hope to see discussions occurring throughout …

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How do mangroves help us?

Information researched from the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association Did you know that both the habitat and the trees that live in the sea are called mangroves. Mangroves live in the area where the tide moves in and out along the coasts, estuaries and rivers. This area is called the intertidal zone. The tides move …

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The mangrove animal life

Text and images sourced from the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association Mangroves are the supermarkets of the sea. The fertile mud is the original source of most of the mangrove’s food.  The fertility of the mud comes from the falling mangrove leaves. Some animals live in the mangrove canopy and never step on the water …

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Did you know…?

Did you know…. these interesting facts about mangroves? Two thirds of the fish we eat spend part of their life in mangroves. Mangroves are trees or shrubs that live in seawater. They occur in the area between high and low tide along the coast, estuaries and up rivers. Only two counties, Indonesia and Brazil have …

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Introducing Malcolm Gardiner

We are proud to collaborate with Malcolm Gardiner, the president of the Land and Water Resources Otway Catchment (LAWROC). LAWROC is a Landcare group which is actively involved in Barwon fighting for the protection on the Victorian Wetlands, specifically rivers and creeks in part of the Otways, south of Colac. The desire to leave this …

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Why protect the mangroves?

Mangroves and Marshes are key in the climate change battle! Here are some factual information, sourced from The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ‘s website (posted 2 Feb 2017) With the advent of green technologies, it is easy to view the battle against climate change as one for the tech world. A lesser-known …

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Did you know…?

Did you know…. Not only does our curator Zahidah Zeytoun Millie lead and organizes the Mangroves from the Water exhibition, while painting from her kayak in the mangroves… …she also hosts a weekly radio talk show on 94.7 FM The Pulse ! Tune in!! She will be interviewing participating artists soon!

Announcement from our curator Zahidah

I am happy to announce about the multimedia ‘Mangroves from the Water in Geelong’ exhibition to open on the Mangroves Day, 26 July, 2020 at the Gordon Gallery, Deakin University, Waterfront. The Mangroves from the Water project members believe that through their art they can build awareness of the importance of protecting this important natural …

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Announcing our collaboration with the Barwon Estuary Project

Mangroves from the Water exhibition is happy to collaborate with Barwon Estuary Project in Barwon Heads to join the world celebration of the mangroves and wetlands on the International Mangroves Day. The Barwon Estuary Project aims to increase their community’s knowledge and appreciation of the biodiversity and fragility of the local treasure, enabling all to care …

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Announcing our collaboration with Ocean Tree Studios

Mangroves from the Water exhibition is happy to collaborate with Ocean Tree Studios in Florida, USA to join the world celebration of the mangroves and wetlands on the International Mangroves Day. Ocean Tree Studios is an environmental conservation organization founded in 2017 by Maya Greven (Founder, Creative Director). Their mission is inspired by the magnificent mangrove, the …

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A glimpse into the creative development process of Jacqui Dreessens

It is always interesting to know how artists/performers derive at their final works. We thank Jacqui for giving us a glimpse into her creative process, translating the inspiration from the natural mangrove environment by using images and words and ultimately transforming it into a physical dance performance. Writing poetry about the Ecology of Place is …

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Mangroves Information signs, kindly provided by HCT-SJW

In collaboration with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT)- Sharjah Women’s College, information signs were created and placed in various parts within the UAQ Mangroves to educate and inform visitors of the purpose, life cycle and animals in habitat within the mangroves. We are happy to share these here: Mangrove UAQ_2_15Jun17 We are very grateful …

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View the Mangroves from the Water Booklet here!!

Download here:   Mangroves BOOKLET We would like to present you with the Mangroves from the Water BOOKLET. Please follow the above link above to view or download this informative booklet, providing an overview of the UAQ Mangroves, the natural habitat and the evolution of the various art exhibitions and the Mangroves Festival.

Guest artists and performers at the Mangroves Festival

We would like to mention and thank all our guests artists and performers for participating in the Mangroves from the Water Festival this year! Fatma Lootah Studied art at the Baghdad Art Academy and the American University, Washington DCUSA. Fatma has lived and worked in Verona since 1984. She is highly regarded for having blended …

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The story behind the blanket. We’ll keep you safe (2016-17) Community Project

The story of the blanket We’ll keep you safe (2016-17) is a community project to raise awareness of the mangroves in UAQ. The idea originated in 2015, whilst preparing for the first Mangroves from the Water group touring exhibition which opened in NYUAD Project Space Gallery, moved to Sharjah Fine Arts Society, UAQ Museum and Thejamjar …

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Free, fun events and children’s activities!

Join the Mangroves from the Water team at our Mangroves Festival 2017. The Ministry of Youth & Knowledge Development UAQ are offering fun, free activities for children daily! Please see the below flyer for details:

“We’ll keep you safe”(2016-17) Community Project’s big reveal!!!

We are experiencing some major excitement in the anticipation of the big reveal of the We’ll keep you safe Community Project. The squares have poured in from various local communities, knitters and crafters, as well as international contributions from as far as Canada and Finland! It is colourful and beautiful…and we are hoping it is …

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Open call for the next Mangroves from the Water exhibition

Open Call The “Mangroves from the Water” exhibition is to occur for a second year in January-February 2017. We are looking for people with a unique artistic touch to reach out to people’s mind and soul. If you feel you can add something to humanity, then please contact us. We want to protect the mangrove …

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Exhibition Opening Photos: Thejamjar Alserkal Avenue

Our biggest opening to date, Thejamjar Alserkal Avenue is the perfect location to reach a vast audience to spread our message. Thank you to Thejamjar team for a marvelous effort! A great evening was had by all! Here are a few photos of the gallery:

Guest photographer Toby Smith debuts this week

We are happy to announce that we have a guest photographer participate in our project this month. Toby Smith is based in Cambridge and  works internationally on photography projects concerning landscape, environment, industrial and science stories. Toby graduated with a Masters in Contemporary Photography from London College of Communication in 2008. This was after spending time …

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Paint and Sketch from a Kayak with Zahidah Zeytoun Millie

Kayak Sketching and Watercolour workshop with Zahidah Zeytoun Millie! We are happy to announce another opportunity to go do some art in the mangroves! This is a rare opportunity for all nature lovers! Tuesday 15th March and Saturday 19th March 8 am – 12 pm! Please book soon as limited spots are available!  

Children’s Mangrove Calendar Art Contest

Please see the information attached to encourage our community to participate in the Children’s Mangrove Calendar Art Contest, hosted by the Mangrove Action Project, in the USA. Join in this fantastic creative and educational competition. “It is an opportunity for the younger generation to learn about the vital role Mangroves play in the lives of coastal …

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Mangroves Community Knitting Club Workshop 12 March

We are pleased to announce that the Mangroves from the Water exhibition team, led by Stephanie Neville, will conduct a Mangroves Community Knitting Club workshop on Saturday 12th March, 11 am – 1 pm at Thejamjar Alserkal Avenue. In conjunction with the exhibition Mangroves from the Water, the artists encourage community involvement to help preserve …

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Community Outreach sponsored by Flamingo Resort UAQ

Running in conjunction with our Mangroves from the Water exhibition in Umm Al Quwain during December 2015, Zahidah arranged various activities for the community to appreciate and visit the mangroves. The Flamingo Resort in Umm Al Quwain has been a great support of our venture and sponsored boat trips through the mangroves. Here are a …

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Exhibition Opening Umm AL Quwain Museum, 11 December, 5 pm

Take our Mangroves from the Water exhibition opening as an opportunity to also visit this special Fort at the Umm Al Quwain Museum. Built in 1768 as the residence of the Emiri family and seat of government until 1969. Highlights include the fine majlis (meeting room), old Bedouin jewellery, fancy weapons and interesting archaeological finds. We …

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Watch this space!!

We are very excited about our upcoming exhibition at the Umm Al Quwain fort!! Please watch this space for further details…they will be shared soon!!   Save the Date: 11th November, opening at 5 pm !

Press links updated

We have updated our ‘Press’ page… have a look at some coverage we have received thus far: Press   If anyone spots us on Sharjah TV, please let me know the date/time.