Biography & Bibliography

“Artists … reveal more about themselves than most politicians and often know more about themselves. This is why their testimony is historically so valuable”

  [J. Berger, About Looking]


2020 –  PhD Candidate at Deakin University

2008 to 2010 – Master of Visual Arts, Monash University, Melbourne  

1994 to 1998 – Bachelor of Fine Art, Lebanese University, Beirut

1992 to 1994 – Certificate Course in Painting and Sculpture, Fine Arts Centre of Lattakia

1988 to 1992 – Bachelor of Trade and Economics, Tishreen University, Lattakia

Professional Memberships

2018 – 2019               Barwon Estuary Project

2015 – present           Mangroves from the Water Group   

2019 – present           The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

2020 – present           Ausglass artist group

2017 –  present          Humans in Geelong 

2000 – present           Emirates Fine Arts Society (UAE)

2020 – present          Corangamite CMA Community Engagement Network

2020 – present          Climate Change Communication Narratives and Network (CCCNN)

2018 – present          Community Radio 94.7 FM the Pulse

Environment Festival Organiser

Mangroves from the Water Festival Organizer 2017, Khor Umm Al Quwain, UAE, 8-11 March 2017

In partnership with the Umm Al Quwain Government in association with the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, Wasit Wetland Reserves and UAE ministries and schools. Achieved a partnership with the UAQ Government to host fine art, music, heritage and scientific exhibitions, workshops, tours and art competitions along with sporting events (walking and traditional rowing) in location in the mangroves over four days to raise awareness of the beauty and ecological importance of the mangroves regions of the UAE in order to protect them. Lead the Mangroves from the Water Festival 2017 team.

Mangroves from the Water Exhibition, the Gordon Gallery, Geelong, Australia, 11 – 18 August, 2021

Mangroves from the Water Exhibition during the Mangroves Festival 2017, Umm Al Quwain, 18-21 March 2017

Mangroves from the Water UAE series
New York University of Abu Dhabi, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, Emirates Arts Society, Umm Al Quwain National Museum, thejamjar Dubai, October 2015 to March 2016.

  • Multi-media: painting, film, installations, sculpture, short stories.
  • Sought & negotiated sponsorship for the entire series from the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi.
  • Prepared & coordinated all arrangements for 10 artists.
  • Liaised & negotiated with artists, galleries & sponsors regarding budgeting, installation, accommodation, tours, timings & placement.
  • Coordinated marketing including interviews with artists for MBC Arabia TV & national newspapers.
  • Produced the exhibition booklet.
  • Managed all sales at front of house.
  • Organised inhouse sketching.
    Organised & lead sketching from kayak workshops and boat tours in the Umm Al Quwain mangroves.
  • Participated as an artist.

Upcoming Exhibition

The Hive Ocean Grove, Mangroves Art – Group Exhibition, November 2023

Past Exhibitions

  • 2022

The National Mall, Washington, DC. Smithsonian Folklife Festival – the UAE Pavilion, 22 June – 4 July 2022

Herring Island, Melbourne, A4 Art Australia National Exhibition, 5 March –18 April

The Hive Ocean Grove, Summer Group Exhibition-Introducing Zahidah Zeytoun Millie, 7 – 30 January

  • 2021

Mangroves from the Water Exhibition, the Gordon Gallery, Geelong, Australia, 11 – 18 August

Islamic Museum of Australia, Missing Voices: Untold Stories of Australian Muslims,15 April -16 July

  • 2020

Islamic Museum of Australia/ Islamic Museum Art Prize Exhibition, 18 August 2020 – 20 February, 2021

  • 2018

Humans in Geelong Expo, Deakin Waterfront, Mangroves from the Water exhibition including a speech about the mangroves, 7 October

  • 2017

Bellarine Art Trail, the Uniting Church, Queenscliff, Victoria 4-5th November

Mangroves from the Water Exhibition, Mangroves Festival 2017, Umm Al Quwain, March

  • 2016

Connection, Steps Gallery, Lygon St. Melbourne, August/September

Mangroves from the Water, The Jam Jar Gallery, Dubai, 14-23 March

As an environmentalist I curated the ‘Mangroves from the Water’ exhibition project, October 2015 to March 2016. A touring multimedia exhibition project – watercolour sketches, film, photography, sculpture, installation art, folklore stories. The exhibition moved from Abu Dhabi, to Sharjah, to Umm Al Quwain, and finally Dubai.  As part of the project Zahidah hosted sketching workshops on a kayak and boat tours in the mangroves of Umm Al Quwain.

  • 2015

Mangroves from the Water, Umm Al Quwain Museum, Umm Al Quwain, 11-19 December

Mangroves from the Water, Emirates Fine Arts Society, Sharjah, 12-30 November

Mangroves from the Water, Environment Agency Headquarters, Al Mamoura Building, Abu Dhabi, 1-6 November

Mangroves from the Water, New York University – Project Space Gallery, Abu Dhabi, 22-28 October

  • 2014

Expanding Horizons, Salwa Zeidan Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE, June-September

Alliance Francaise, ’Connection’, Dubai, UAE, November

Tashkeel in ‘Sikka Art Fair 2014’, Tashkeel House, Dubai, UAE, March

RAK Art Festival, National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, February

  • 2013

Tashkeel in ‘Sikka Art Fair 2013’, Tashkeel House, Dubai, UAE, March

‘Women in Art IX’, Courtyard Gallery, Dubai, UAE, November

‘Salon des Refuses’. Happenstance Gallery, London, England, June

‘Ras Al Khaimah from the Mangroves’, National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, March

‘Women in Art VIII’, Courtyard Gallery, Dubai, UAE, February

  • 2012

Zahidah‘ curated by Rodney Forbes, Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Melbourne, Australia, 11 July – 4 August

  • 2010

‘Between Bodies’ opened by the international artist Stelarc, Monash Prato, Italy, July

Tracking the Emirates, Contemporary Art Exhibition’Swiss Art Gate UAE, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, April

  • 2008

From Al Safa to Starchitecture’(Solo), Higher Colleges of Technology, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

  • 2006

Majlis Gallery, Dubai, UAE, December

‘Impressions’(Solo), Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, November

  • 2004

‘Impressions’(Solo), Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, February

  • 2002

Majlis Gallery, Dubai, UAE, December

‘Creativity’, Sharjah Art Precinct, Handicapped Guardians Association, Sharjah, UAE, April

Majlis Gallery, Dubai, UAE, March

‘The 21st Exhibition for Artists’, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE, January

  • 2001

Hilton Fujairah, April

‘Expressions of Faces’, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE, April

‘The 20th Exhibition for Artists’, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE, March

  • 2000

‘Fujairah in Art’ (Solo), Hilton Fujairah, Fujairah, UAE, December

  • 1999

Forum de Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, May

Beit Al-Fen, Tripoli, Lebanon, February

  • 1998

UNESCO Centre, Beirut, Lebanon, April

  • 1994

Syrian Cultural Centre, Damascus, Syria, AugustFe


Henry S (3July 2022), An Artist’s Roots: Painting and Saving Mangroves with Zahidah Zeytoun Millie, Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 

UAE USA United (2022), Zahidah Zeytoun Millie, UAE USA United, accessed 8 March 2023. 

Presented in a touring exhibition, Missing Voices: untold Stories of Australian Muslims – Islamic Museum of Australia 15 Apr- 16 July 2021- 2022/ Migration Museum in Adelaide, 5 Feb- 29 May 2022

Climate Change Communicative Narrative Network (CCCNN), Mangroves from the Water, Deakin University, 3 Sep 2021

Zeytoun Millie, Zahidah, Mangroves from the Water, Marawed Magazine, Sharjah Institute for Heritage (10-13), 26 July 2021

Zeytoun Millie, Zahidah Mangroves from the Water, Humans in Geelong, 31 July 2021

Zeytoun Millie, Zahidah, Mangroves from the Water, Humans in Geelong, 26 July 2020

Zeytoun Millie, Zahidah, Mangroves from the Water Project, Art 4you Magazine (114-119), 20 Oct, 2020

Mik Aidt & Anthony Gleeson,  Art and Songs Push Our Ideas Sustainable Hour, 94.7 the Pulse, Geelong, 22 July 2020 

Mik Aidt & Anthony Gleeson, Female Artists Taking Us Forward, Sustainable Hour, (32.25), 94.7 the Pulse, Geelong, 18 March, 2020 

Mik Aidt & Anthony Gleeson, Connecting with Mangroves through the Arts, Sustainable Hour, 94.7 the Pulse, Geelong, 23 October, 2019

Humans in Geelong, Humans in Geelong (appearing in), Snap Printing Geelong, 2019

Zeytoun Millie, Zahidah Mangroves from the Water, Humans in Geelong, 18April 2018   

Zeytoun Millie, Zahidah, Mangroves from the Water, Nature Volve Magazine (56 -57), 11 July 2018

Vancouver Aquarium Guardian of the Mangroves, Ocean Wise, 26 July 2018

Pakinam Amer Mangrove warriors, Nature Middle East (radio interview), December 2017

Queenscliffe Herald, ‘Mangroves from the Water, Zahidah’, 18 April 2017.

Humans in Geelong Website and Social Media, ‘Mangroves from the Water, Zahidah’.

The Mangroves Festival 2017 selected press

Zeytoun Millie, Zahidah, Coffee Morning, Dahabiya Magazine (p18), 2016

Hoffert, B.  Essay on Connection an exhibition with Cheryl Osborne, July, 2016.

Todorova, V. Umm Al Quwain mangroves illegally cut down by ‘camel farm labourers‘. The National. 4 February, 2016.

Stafford, A. Guardians of the Mangroves. Selections Magazine. 29 February, 2016.

Todorova, V. Artwork inspired by the beauty of Umm Al Quwain’s mangroves. The National. 2 August, 2015.

Seaman, A. Syrian artist in Umm Al Quwain paints with the use of brushes, canvas – and a kayak. The National. 18 August, 2015.

Anna Seaman Blog. Exploring  the UAE’s Coastline with Art. 1 October, 2015.

Al Ittihad Newspaper. عين. October 5, 2015.

New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery presents: Mangroves from the Water. 22-28 October, 2015.

Imagine Science Films. “Mangroves from the Water” Exhibit Swirls into the NYUAD Project Space for 1 Week. October, 2015.

Mangrove Action Project: Exploring the UAE’s coastline with art. 8 October, 2015.

Al Ittihad Newspaper: مهمة عاجلة من أجل شجر القرم October 25, 2015.

Madame Magazine. L’Art au secours des mangroves des EAU. Novembre, 2015: p.66-69.

Global Art Daily. November, 2015.

Gulf News 24/7.Mangroves from the Water, Art Exhibition Opening. 12 November, 2015.

WAM Emirates News Agency.  الإمارات للفنون التشكيلية تنظم معرض “شجر القرم من الماء” في الشارقة  November 15, 2015.

Al Ittihad Newspaper. شجر القرم من الماء» معرض متعدد الوسائط في الشارقة. November 17, 2015.

Emarat Alyoum.  فنانين يعرضون لوحاتهم في مقر التشكيليين الإماراتية “شجر القرم من الماء” …. اتصل بالتراث الشعبي الإماراتي . November 21, 2015.

Hoffert, B. Introduction: Bernard Hoffert introduces Zahidah in the context of Middle Eastern Art. November, 2014.

Seaman, A. Keeping Art afloat. The National. 19 August, 2014.

Nazy Beglary. In Conversation with H.E Zaki Nusseibeh. Harper’s Bazar Art, Issue 12, March/April, 2014.

Latrobe Valley Express.Playing Host to Arabian Gulf Artist. 26 July, 2012: p.34.

Hoffert, B. Zahidah in Perspective: Bernard Hoffert introduces ‘Zahidah’ in the context of Middle Eastern Art. June, 2012.

Swiss Art Gate UAE. Tracking the Emirates, Art Exhibition. Ras Al Khaimah,2010,

Free Spirit. The Art Scene in RAK. RAK Free Trade Zone Magazine. Ras Al Khaimah, Issue 5, May/June, 2010: p.34.

Off Campus Connection. Zahidah Zeytoun Millie. Caulfield: Monash University, Issue 5, Jun/Jul, 2009: p.6.

Mavely, M. Art Exhibition Highlights RAK Heritage, Culture. The Gulf Times. Dubai, 13 Feb, 2004.

Khaldie, S. Openingof Exhibition for Syrian Artist in Ras Al Khaimah. Al Khaleej Al Araby. Dubai, 12 Feb, 2004.

Ahmed, A. 33 Local Artists Display Works at Exhibition. Gulf News. Dubai, 22 Mar, 2002.

Tabloid. Celebrating Arabia. Gulf News. Dubai, 15 Dec, 2002.

Raha, S. Arabian Treasures. Gulf News. Dubai, 3 Mar, 2002.

Al Dahahn, N. Zahidah Zeytoun: Art, an expression of all that happens around us. Arab News. Dubai, 5 Jan, 2001.

Shaghouri, T. Fujairah in Focus at Art Show. Gulf News. Dubai, 11 Dec, 2000.

Al Khaleej Al Araby. Hamad Bin Saif Opens Art Exhibition.  Dubai, 3 Dec, 2000.

Kalish, G. The Second Exhibition Youth Painters at UNESCO Club. Different styles united by “Creativity and Variety”. Al Safeer Al Araby.  Beirut, 26 Jul, 1996.


Higher Colleges of Technology, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, June-August 2008


RAK Hospital, Swiss Art Gate UAE, Ras Al Khaimah, since April 2010, They All Want the Tallest Skyscraper, permanent display.

RAK Free Trade Zone, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, since 2004, Impression 3.

Fujairah Municipality, UAE, since 2000, Bull Fighting 2.

Art Awards

Certificate of Appreciation – Linking heritage, culture & environment through Mangroves from the Water exhibitions, Sharjah Institute for Heritage, 2 September 2021

Community Events Grant from the City of Greater Geelong, to Mangroves from the Water, 24 February 2021

‘Conversation with the Moonah Tree’ painting has been selected as one of the final selection for the Islamic Museum Art Prize 2020 (AMA),

Certificate of Appreciation, Combined Probus Club of Lara, Vic, 17 October 2017

Certificate of Appreciation, Sharjah American International School, UAE, 8 June 2017

Certificate of Recognition, Municipality & Planting Department, Government of Ajman, UAE, 15 to 16 April 2017

Certificate of Appreciation, Umm Al Quwain Business Women’s Council, UAQ Government, UAE, 2017

Certificate of Appreciation, Government of Um Al Quwain, Municipality Department, UAE, 2 June 2016

Certificate of Appreciation of Contribution and Successful Participation at the Sharjah Art Museum, UAE, 22 January to 8 February 2002

Certificate of Recognition, Emirates Fine Art Society, UAE, 18 to 26 March 2001

Certificate of Appreciation, Fujairah Government, UAE, 24 to 26 October 2001

Certificate of Appreciation, El Mina Municipality, Lebanon, 26 February 1999

Certificate of Gratitude and Appreciation, Minister of Culture & Higher Education, 26 February 1999

Certificate of Appreciation, UNESCO Cultural Council of Southern Lebanon, 1 to 3 April 1998

Sport Awards

Certificate & medal of completion, Dubai Marathon, 2005

Medal of completion, the RAK 10km run, 2006

Medal of completion, the RAK 10km run, 2007

Medal of completion, the RAK 10km run, 2008

Certificate & medal of completion, the RAK Half Marathon, 2009

Certificate & medal of completion, the RAK Half Marathon, 2010

Certificate & medal of completion, the RAK Half Marathon, 2011

Medal of completion, the RAK 10km run, 2012

Certificate & medal of completion, the RAK Half Marathon, 2013

Certificate & medal of completion, the RAK Half Marathon, 2014

Certificate & medal of completion, the RAK Half Marathon, 2015

Certificate & medal of completion, the RAK Half Marathon, 2016

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