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Misk Art Institute launched its regional cultural program at a press conference during the Misk Global Forum 2017.

Director Ahmed Mater set out plans for the Institute's inaugural year. Explaining the meaning and ambitions of an artist-led organization, he set out a commitment to further the grassroots energy of Saudi Arabia's creative community with top-down support. Permanent locations in Riyadh and Abha were announced as key venues to establish the kingdom's leading platform for grassroots cultural production, diplomacy and exchange.

In Saudi and across the Arab region, the program will encompass exhibitions, public art commissions, art book fairs, school curriculum projects, artist opportunities for professional development and production, and cultural festivals. 

The 2018 regional program will include:

  • Exhibitions and public events celebrating contemporary and modern Saudi cultural production during Dubai Art Week 2018, including a major new partnership with Art Dubai Modern
  • An artist-led program of workshops and curriculum-resources for Saudi schools
  • The launch of a public art commission to be implemented in cities across Saudi Arabia
  • A city-wide cultural festival in Riyadh
  • Create & Inspire – a competition for young Saudi artists to take the journey of a lifetime to Silicon Valley
  • The launch of Art Books KSA and the kingdom's first Art Book Fair during 21,39, Jeddah art week
  • An immersive virtual reality film exploring artists’ studios across Saudi


The announcement was accompanied by a series of exhibitions and a publication –Pixelated Kingdom, celebrating Arabic typography and graphic design, as well as large-scale mural installations by Riyadh-based artists.


‘Art is a universal language. Misk Art Institute is shining a light on emerging Saudi talent’
Ahmed Mater – Director, Misk Art Institute

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