Open call by Art Jameel inviting Saudi artists for intensive learning program

‘Navigating the Contemporary Art Scene’ is a new program that responds to the needs of the Saudi arts scene and is designed to support emerging and upcoming Saudi-based artists. (Supplied)

Art Jameel, an independent organization that supports arts, education and heritage in the Middle East and beyond, announced in Jeddah on Monday an Open Call for Saudi-based artists, inviting them to participate in ‘Navigating the Contemporary Art Scene’.

This intensive program is a cornerstone of Art Jameel’s new educational initiative, ‘Hayy: Learning’, developed specifically for artists and creatives based in Saudi Arabia.

Through bespoke programs, workshops and public talks, ‘Hayy: Learning’ nurtures talent, skills and knowledge development across art, film, theatre, music and beyond.

The program will be delivered at Hayy: Creative Hub, Jeddah, once the center opens in 2020. In the meantime, the inaugural arts-specific program will take place at partner venues in Jeddah.

‘Navigating the Contemporary Art Scene’ is a new program that responds to the needs of the Saudi arts scene and is designed to support emerging and upcoming Saudi-based artists.

Participants will work with tutors to develop their practices and careers; learn new skills and contexts; and map and navigate the arts and cultural landscapes of KSA.

The program includes lectures, seminars, workshops and readings, which collectively familiarize artists with the cultural landscapes of KSA and the region, and allow them to track and take advantage of opportunities therein.

Topics covered range from understanding regional arts histories, the art market and marketing arts practises, to application writing, legal matters and staying up-to-date with global trends in contemporary art concepts, curation and thinking.   

Nurturing the growing contemporary art landscape 

Through this program, Art Jameel aims to equip artists with the know-how to take their practices to the next level and to help nurture Saudi’s growing, dynamic contemporary art landscape.

The four-month-long programme is structured so that three modules are delivered over a combination of private and public lectures, seminars, workshops, focus groups and field trips.

Three intensive, week-long sessions in September, October, and December 2019 are accompanied by digital resources and assignments. Sessions are delivered by local, regional and international guest speakers – artists, curators, gallerists, and other experts in their field – and supported by locally-based bilingual Art Jameel tutors, on a day-to-day basis.

‘Hayy: Learning’ builds on and is designed to complement Art Jameel’s established learning programs, including the Jameel House of Traditional Arts, Jeddah, located in Al-Balad.

The heritage institute is currently holding an exhibition of works created by participants completing the one-year program which references Jeddah’s rich history of craft, material use and artisanal excellence, as well as global traditions of Islamic design. The exhibition runs until May 11, 2019.

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