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Art Jameel supports artists and creative communities. Current initiatives include running heritage institutes and restoration programmes, plus a broad range of arts and educational initiatives for all ages. The organisation’s programmes foster the role of the arts in building open, connected communities; at a time of flux and dramatic societal shifts, this role is understood as more crucial than ever.


Jameel Arts Centre, an innovative contemporary institution in Dubai, UAE, opened on November 11, 2018; Hayy: Creative Hub, a major complex for the creative industries in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is set to launch in the winter of 2020-21.

Art Jameel’s model is collaborative: major institutional partners include Delfina Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Locally, the organisation works with individuals and organisations to develop innovative programming that embraces both ancient and new technologies and encourages entrepreneurship and the development of cultural networks.


Art Jameel is positioned alongside Community Jameel, and complements its sister organisation’s work in promoting positive social change, job creation and poverty alleviation across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.



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The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture’s building with its unique architecture rises as a shining beacon of knowledge in Dhahran’s skyline. This cultural institution, which is an initiative by Saudi Aramco, is significantly located near the Prosperity Well where oil was first discovered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The purpose of this ambitious initiative is to accelerate the Kingdom’s transformation into a knowledge-based economy as envisioned by HM King Abdullah who laid the foundation stone for this iconic building.


The Center features a modern architectural design, state-of-the-art technologies, unique learning tools, and enriching programs. It is an important platform for artists, designers, intellectuals and innovators. The Center – a diverse cultural space – has a 21st century library, an idea lab, an oasis for children, a four-gallery museum, art exhibits, an archives gallery, an energy exhibit, and a knowledge tower which stands at its heart to offer educational programs that cater to all age groups and fields. The Center’s programs were all designed to inspire the community, enrich the culture, and support the Kingdom’s efforts towards establishing a knowledge-based economy.


Since 2012, the Center has introduced a number of initiatives including a modern and contemporary arts exhibition in collaboration with Centre Pompidou, the Bridges art residency which aims to create cross-cultural dialogue, and most recently the introduction of the ‘Ithra Art Prize’.



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Art Dubai Residents is supported by Tashkeel.


Established in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel is a contemporary art organisation based in Dubai committed to facilitating art and design practice, creative experimentation and cross-cultural dialogue. Placing the artist at the core, Tashkeel supports the UAE’s creative community through studio facilities, artists’ residencies, international fellowships, exhibitions, events, and workshops.


As part of its commitment to support locally-based creatives, Tashkeel offers two annual programmes providing support and encouragement for both designers and artists. The Tanween programme is one of Tashkeel’s core initiatives, supporting selected designers living and working in the UAE to develop a range of products that are showcased at Design Days Dubai and are available as limited editions under Tashkeel’s design product label, Tanween. The Critical Practice Programme, provides sustained and empowering support to up to three artists each year to develop their work in an environment that encourages progressive experimentation and cross-cultural exchange. The programme feeds into Tashkeel’s exhibition schedule, with participating artists exhibiting their works in the gallery.


Tashkeel’s exhibition space accommodates up to six main projects a year, as well as a series of small-scale events. The programme includes solo and thematic exhibitions, screenings, workshops and seminars, fulfilling Tashkeel’s commitment to bringing art and culture to a wider audience and engaging the local community.


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The design of the gallery halls is advised by Ibda Design, an architecture, urban and interior design practice based in Dubai, led by architects Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto.


Ibda Design is an international Architecture, Urban and Interior Design practice based in Dubai with collaboration offices in Beirut and Tokyo. The firm was founded by Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto. Ibda Design has a multi-disciplinary approach to design, addressing the social, nvironmental, economic and technological aspects of each project in order to tailor a highly specific concept to the given context. Ibda Design develops projects of varying scale and program, approaching each in a unique manner, with the ultimate aim of delivering a distinctive and high quality design. Ibda in arabic means [start].



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