Rolls-Royce showcases its arts programme in Abu Dhabi

The luxury car brand presented the first Spirit of Ecstasy Challenge artworks in the capital city

“Art has an extraordinary power to challenge, inform and inspire,” said César Habib, Regional Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Middle East & Africa.

Three artists, selected by an expert jury, created textile artworks inspired by Rolls-Royce and the Spirit of Ecstasy figurine.

The Spirit of Ecstasy is the world-famous ‘flying lady’ figure that has adorned the radiator grilles of Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1911.

The artworks showcase three very different creative directions: from an immersive installation that combines LED animations with traditional Chinese crochet techniques to a complex piece created with salvaged materials, covered in white silk and gold thread.

Muse, the Rolls-Royce Arts Programme, celebrated the winners Bi Rongrong, Ghizlane Sahli and Scarlett Yang by exhibiting their works at the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi.

Artist Ghizlane Sahli (left) with César Habib, Regional Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Middle East & Africa

The private exhibition opening was attended by one of the three commissioned artists, Ghizlane Sahli, who personally presented her artwork to selected patrons of the brand.

The Spirit of Ecstasy Challenge celebrates endless creativity within the world of materials and craftsmanship.

The artists were chosen by an expert Jury, which included Yoon Ahn, Creative Director of AMBUSH🄬 and Director of Jewellery at Dior Men and Tim Marlow, Chief Executive and Director at the Design Museum, London.

Other judges included Sumayya Vally, Founder and Principal at Counterspace Studio, Johannesburg and Anders Warming, Director of Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.