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Online Fundamental Creative Program

The Online Fundamental Creative Program (OFCP) is a 4 week, skill-based program that aims to develop the creatives’ professional and personal skills, covering four main categories:

  • Elements Of A Portfolio,
  • Concept Research
  • Writing Tools (Bio and Artist statement)
  • Critical Thinking

This program will be a self-competitive program, where participants will be evaluated through a growth-scale that relies on both self-evaluation and mentors feedback.

Course Criteria:

  • Ages 20 to 45
  • Saudi National and Residents
  • English Language is required
  • Must have an existing portfolio and biography
  • Must have an existing body of work
  • An updated CV
  • Must be an active artists/designer/curator


Program Structure


The Mentors

Eiman ElGibreen

is an artist and an assistant professor of art history at the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She obtained a PhD in art history from the University of Sussex (UK) for her research on "Image Making: Representations of Women in the Art and Career of Safeya Binzagr 1968-2000." Since 2011 Elgibreen has also been a freelance writer for Al-Riyadh Daily Newspaper and Al-Jazirah Daily Newspaper, and an art consultant for organizations that are concerned with preserving the legacy of Saudi pioneer artists such as Darat Safeya Binzagr (a museum devoted to the artist’s work), and Saudi Arts House (a family foundation devoted to the work of Mohammed Alsaleem). In addition, she has curated a number of art exhibitions, including "After Illusion" at Saudi National Pavilion during the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019.

Elgibreen is interested in exploring the forgotten and/or misrepresented aspects of Saudi and Arab culture through her research and her art. The goal of her work is to encourage acceptance of cultural differences.

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Wided Khadraoui

is a creative entrepreneur, with a background in arts management, research, writing, and curation. Her focus is on projects around cultural infrastructure, digital innovation, inclusive audience engagement, and diversifying narratives to build meaningful experiences for communities.

Khadraoui have spent over 10 years living and working in 4 continents. She ran an art gallery in the Middle East, spearheaded the marketing department for a digital experiential firm in the United States, and is a director of a nomadic digital art space and curatorial platform that works on empowering artists from historically overlooked groups and regions. In addition, Wided is a frequent speaker on the role technology plays in promoting genuine inclusivity at conferences and events.

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Fatima AlSaad

is decidedly in pursuit of a creative and purposeful life. Known in her community as an experimental poet, Fatima is often showcasing her writing in new radical ways. This includes poetry performances, installations, collaborations, and interactive poetry. In her spare time, she takes up a variety of freelance jobs: a copy-writer and content creator, an editor, private tutor, and an energy healer practiced in both Reiki and Pranic Healing.

She is inspired by nature, travel, and books. The readings on Fatima's library, range from classic to modern literature, art, natural sciences, history, philosophy, psychology, and spirituality.

Her values include the sharing of knowledge, a faith in kindness, and a responsibility towards community.

Maryam Bilal
Maryam Bilal

is a curator based in Melbourne, Australia and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Since 2010, she has worked closely with Saudi contemporary arts organizations, institutions and commercial galleries. She began her arts career as an Outreach Coordinator for Edge of Arabia; organizing programs, tours and workshops to raise awareness on contemporary Saudi art in Riyadh and Jeddah. She later worked as an Artists Liaison and Curator at ATHR; leading several prominent exhibitions including: And The Clocks Were Striking Thirteen, Letters, 18 Blankets, Wish you Were Here and Children of Yam. She has also supported the gallery in representing artists at Artissima, Torino, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Berlin Contemporary, Art Dubai and Abu Dhabi Art. She is currently experimenting with exhibition making processes; in collaborative and reciprocal forms, the affect of the art imperative in the hybridized Saudi art making era.

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