By Andrea Lebourgeois
“Jeddah Ghair” is a famous saying, which translates to “Jeddah is different,” and the quote is true by all means. Jeddah is becoming famous for its art. Civic and public efforts in the 1970’s/1980’s have brought art into the city, especially the outdoor art at our famous roundabouts, making the city one of the largest outdoor art galleries in the world. But that’s not all; art galleries in Jeddah are proudly showcasing local and regional artists who are making Jeddah a true ‘City of Art.’
The Gallery opened on May 19th to feature a “new part of Saudi contemporary artwork in Jeddah.”
An eclectic place surrounded by colorful sculptures and contemporary paintings, the Ro’iya Art Consultancy is not just a simple gallery. It’s a multimedia library, art gallery and host to literary workshops and art workshops including colors, techniques, etc. It aspires to make art playful for everyone.
Address: North of Jeddah, at the end of Prince Sultan Street, Basateen 3
Athr Gallery was established in 2009 in Jeddah. The gallery is known for contemporary art exhibitions. The gallery exhibits contemporary young artists who represent the range of Saudi artists. In the last few months, many exhibitions were held and 23 rising young artists took part in them. These exhibitions have shown the growth of Saudi Art and the imagination of the young generation. Jeddah’s Athr Gallery is a reflection of current Saudi Art expressed through different medias such as mixed media, photography, acrylic, ceramics, and batik. One of their latest hosted exhibitions was a photography exhibit titled “Arab Photography Now” by Saddek Wasil.
Address: Tahliah St. (5th floor business center)
Tel: +966-2-2845009 ex 302
Al-Alamia Gallery is unique. The glass windows make the gallery accessible to everyone, offering tempting glimpses of the art treasures which lie within. On the 3rd of June, the gallery hosted a solo art exhibition by Saudi artist Fatimah Al-Nemer. “Stay” was an exhibition that highlighted the case of women’s conditions and femininity on canvas with temperamental colors and Arabian motifs.
Address: Al Hamra Dist.
The Saudi Centre for Fine Arts was established 25 years ago.
It offers a variety of art courses (painting, drawing, photography) as well as hosting exhibitions. They recently hosted the 1st Contemporary Islamic Art Exhibition in Jeddah where 40 Saudi artists displayed 60 paintings of contemporary art filled with the religion of Islam. One of the last exhibitions was of a Saudi female artist named Kholood Al- Salem who presented 45 colorful oil paintings to the Jeddah art community.
Address: Tahliah District, Rahmat Al-Islam St. Villa no. 38
Tel: +966-2- 66967860 - +966-2-6659076
Darat Safeya Binzagr Gallery is an eccentric gallery, which reflects the passion of her designs and her unique paintings. Its exterior echoes the great facades of Nabatean Mada’in Saleh. The place and the paintings highlight Binzagr’s desire to keep the Saudi roots in her work. The gallery holds her permanent exhibition and periodic visiting ones.
One floor is reserved to those and the other ones to art courses, a library, and learning about art.
Address: Al-Madina Road crossing with King Abd Allah St.
Tel: +966-2-6571030, www.daratsb.com