Jeddah Art Week: How to Pose Like An Art Expert When You ‘re Actually a Newbie

Here are some common thoughts you must’ve had as an art newbie. No need to fear, you are in fact a very normal human being. We gathered some advice from art experts to help tackle these doubting ideas.

 Why should I even bother with art?
Art is a part of everyones daily life; only it takes on different forms and is present in different areas.Rashed Al Shashai, Installation Artist


Will it be worth going to an artsy event?
From fashion to street-art – there are numerous outlets for artistic minds. We have so much creativity within the Saudi art scene…that’s an exciting opportunity both for the artists and the audience.Farida Ibrahim of Gallery One

Should I do something before attending anything artistic?
Try to understand a little about the artwork or the artist before attending exhibitions. Such prior knowledge will provide insights into the works and help you understand the context of the art piece.Farida Ibrahim of Gallery One


How on Earth is this art? But wait, I actually like it!

Some people think art is complicated, but art is not about what you see all the time, it’s about what you feel. Some artworks may look like scribbles to you, but may give you the deepest of feelings, so it’s not necessarily what you see, it’s about what you grasp with your heart.Qaswara Hafez of Hafez Gallery


Hey, this art thing is cool. For next time, I want to look like I know what’s going on for real.
Go to galleries, familiarize yourself with the artists and their work and don’t forget to check out the gallery’s agenda.Qaswara Hafez of Hafez Gallery

Now that we have lured you into reading this, check out the Jeddah Art Week schedule and plan your art adventure.
See you there.


Exhibitions to Look Out For:
Title Details Date Location Timings
Opening of “The Earth and Ever After” An exhibition commissioned by SAC, curated by Mona Khazindar and Hamza Serafi
Instagram: thesaudiartcouncil
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Gold Moor Mall, Gate 2, Al Zahra Dist. 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Al Hangar Exhibition Thursday, February 11, 2016 Corner of Nahda St. and Nahdat Al Adab 6:30 p.m.
Athr Visit Contemporary art and project spaces exhibitions opening.
Instagram: athrart
Thursday, February 11, 2016 5th Floor office towers, Serafi Mega Mall, Tahlia St. 7:30 p.m.
“Show Me The Light” Exhibition Ayman Yossri Daydban Solo Exhibition
Instagram: athrart
Thursday, February 11, 2016 Athr Gallery, Serafi Mall, Tahlia St.
“The Whole Truth” Exhibition Lawrence Abu Hamdan Solo Exhibition
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Thursday, February 11, 2016 Athr Gallery, Serafi Mall, Tahlia St.
Tasami Gallery Visit Instagram: tasamilab Thursday. February 11, 2016 1st Floor, Serafi Mega Mall, Tahlia St. 8:30 p.m.
Preview of “In Praise of Hands” Hosted by Van Cleef and Arpels Friday, February 12, 2016 Van Cleef and Arpels Boutique on Tahlia St., Jameel Square 5:00 – 10:30 p.m.
21,39 Symposium Instagram: thesaudiartcouncil Saturday, February 1, 2016 Noor Taibah Hall, Abdullah Al Khurayji St. 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
“Al Mangour: Loved and Beloved” Exhibition Ahmad Sami Angawi in collaboration with Athr, highlights the beauty of Mangour, a forgotten Hijazi craft, through the documentation and analysis of the creation process of the Mangour. Saturday, February 13, 2016 Al Hoosh, Al Balad 5:00 p.m.
“The everlasting Now” Exhibition Emy Kat Solo exhibition curated by Hamza Serafi
Instagram: emykat59
Saturday, February 13, 2016 Al Hoosh, Al Balad 5:00 p.m.
“The everlasting Now” Exhibition 3 Day Master Class
Instagram: athrart
Sunday, February 14 to Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Gold Moor Mall, Al Shati’e
Hafez Gallery Visit Moneirah Mosley Exhibition Opening
Instagram: hafezgallery
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 3rd Floor Bougainvillea, Malik Rd. 8:00 p.m.

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