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Jeddah Art Week – Sotheby’s Ground-Breaking Arts Week in Saudi Arabia

Posted March 1, 2013 by in

Participants and Supporters of this Pioneering Week of Events on the 2013 MENA
-Region Arts Calendar Include: Athr Gallery, Ayyam Gallery, Al Madad Foundation, educational partner Dal Al Hekma College and Edge of Arabia –

Ahmed Alsoudani’s Untitled 2011, acrylic, charcoal and gesso on canvas, 157.3 x 248.3cm

Ahmed Alsoudani’s Untitled 2011, acrylic, charcoal and gesso on canvas, 157.3 x 248.3cm

 ‘Jeddah Art Week’, Sotheby’s ground-breaking week of arts events and cultural activities in Saudi Arabia, took place last Tuesday, February 26th until Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 in Jeddah. Patron and founder of ‘Jeddah Art Week’, Sotheby’s launched the first-ever highlights exhibition in Saudi Arabia, which featured select artworks from its forthcoming auction in Doha of Contemporary Art. The show began the week of events staged at the Al Furusiya Marina & Yacht Club, Park Hyatt.

This significant date on the 2013 MENA-Region arts calendar also included, among other events, an exhibition of Saudi contemporary art organised by Jeddah-based Athr Gallery, Ayyam Gallery’s grand opening of their Saudi-based premises, a charity auction to benefit Al Madad Foundation, as well as Dar Al Hekma College as educational partner and Edge of Arabia.

Commenting on this landmark initiative in Saudi Arabia, Lina Lazaar Jameel, Sotheby’s International Contemporary Art Specialist and Founder of Jeddah Art Week (Jaou), said:

“There has been a real hunger for a week of arts events in Saudi Arabia, a country which is brimming with culture and history, and therefore we are delighted to have been able to create and pioneer such a framework with ‘Jeddah Art Week’.”

Continuing, Lina said: “Without the collaboration from Saudi cultural innovators, such as leading galleries Athr and Ayyam, the Al Madad Foundation and Edge of Arabia, as well as the educational partner Dar Al Hekma College, among others, Sotheby’s would not have been able to found this diverse and dynamic platform. The level of local support and involvement from the partners and supporters of this ground-breaking week has enabled us to together focus the attention of art world on Jeddah at this time of year.”


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